Saturday in the South of Spain, Seville for the 31st time at the European Film Awards (efas), the European Oscars were handed out. ‘Girl’, the debuutlangspeelfilm of Lukas Dhont, is selected in three categories: best film, best actor and Prize of the European discovery. But the Belgian film is as a producer or medeproducent also in other categories are present, particularly in Animation, Short film and Prize of the public.
The transgenderfilm ‘Girl’, however, is not the big favorite. That ‘Cold War’ of the Polish Brit Pawel Pawlikowski (known from ‘Ida’) and ‘Dogman’ by the Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone (known from ‘Gomorrah’), not just the movies that have the most nominations gathered.
The five nominated ‘Cold War’ – film, director, actor, actress and script – is an impressive, beautifully filmed black-and-witprent about a doomed relationship between a composer and a dancer/singer in the Europe of the fifties. ‘Dogman’ is a crime thriller with a dogkeeper in a Southern Italian village in the lead role. Just like ‘Border’ and ‘Happy as Lazzaro’ conquered ‘Dogman’ four nominations.
Except ‘Girl’ and the two aforementioned favourites for a award in the main category of the Swedish ‘Border’ Ali Abbasi, a foeilelijke border guard with an exceptional sense of smell, and the magical parable “Happy as Lazzaro’ by Alice Rohrwacher eligible.
With her nomination for Best Film performs ‘Girl’ in the Flemish footsteps of ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’, a film by Felix van Groeningen in 2013, the latest five-fetched, but then had to leave the cup for ‘La Grande Bellezza’ by Paolo Sorrentino. The French-speaking Belgian cinema gathered in the course of the years, all five nominations – three films of the Dardenne brothers, “C’est arrivé près de chez vous’, and ‘Toto le héros’ -, but also that movies fingering end up next to the hoofdbekroning.
More chances to be Victor Polster, the protagonist of ‘Girl’, imagined, collides with the Flemish also hope in the category Best Actor on the protagonists of ‘Dogman’ and ‘Cold War’, Marcello Fonte (winner in Cannes) and Tomasz Kot. The other contenders are Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde in ‘The Happy Prince’, Jacob Cedergren, in ‘The Guilty’ and Sverrir Gudnason as Björn Borg in Borg vs McEnroe’. Pad now has all the merit, is the youngest nominee to be after Jamie Bell in the 2000 ‘Billy Elliot’.
For the Price of the European Discovery, awarded by the association of film critics Fipresci at the best European debut film, ‘Girl’ to compete against five other prints: ‘Guilty’, ‘One Day’, ‘Scary Mother’, ‘Those who are ‘fine’ and ‘Touch me not’. For the first time profit, ‘Girl’ here no more worries. In 2011, the European New Discovery Award, after all, to ‘Breath’, a film by Hans van Nuffel about a mucoviscidosepatiënt.
In the category of Best Director was Dhont not selected. There goes the battle between Pawlikowski, Garrone, Abbasi, Rohrwacher, and the Israeli Samuel Maoz, the director of the controversial ‘Foxtrot’, that last year the Grand Prize of the Jury won in Venice.