The European Film Academy announced the nominations for the European Film Awards 2023 on Tuesday. Agnieszka Holland’s “The Green Border” was nominated in three categories, including the most important one – European Film. The award ceremony will take place on December 9 in Berlin.
European Film Awards (EFA), referred to as their European equivalents Oscars, are awarded by the European Film Academy. 4.6 thousand people took part in this year’s vote. members of the academy.
The only film directed by a Polish director on the list of nominees for the 36th EFA is “The Green Border” Agnieszka Holland. Recognized by the Special Jury Prize of the Main Competition of the Venice International Film Festival, Holland’s latest work was distinguished in three categories: European Film, European Director (Agnieszka Holland) and European Screenwriter/Screenwriter (Maciej Pisuk, Gabriela Łazarkiewicz-Sieczko, Agnieszka Holland) .
Previously, “The Green Border” was recognized with six independent awards during the Venice International Film Festival: ARCA CinemaGiovani Award, Premio CinemaSara, Green Drop Award (ex aequo with “I, Captain” by Matteo Garron), Leoncino d’Oro Award – Cinema for Unicef, Sorriso Diverso Venezia Award – Best Foreign Film, UNIMED Award – Prize for Cultural Diversity. Meanwhile, the critics of the “Hollywood Reporter” – one of the most opinion-forming film titles in the world – recognized “The Green Border” as one of the 15 best films of the autumn film festivals this year.
European Film Awards 2023. Polish accents
The list of nominees also includes two Polish co-productions. The first of them is “Strefa biznes” by Jonathan Glazer, one of the producers of which is Ewa Puszczyńska. The film also received five nominations: European Film, European Director (Jonathan Glazer), European Screenwriter (Jonathan Glazer), European Actress (Sandra Hüller) and European Actor (Christian Friedel).
The American-British-Polish production has already been appreciated, among others, during the Cannes Film Festival, where it received the Main Competition Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI International Federation of Film Critics Award. “Business Zone” is a loose adaptation of the novel of the same title by Martin Amis. This is Glazer’s first full-length feature film in 10 years, i.e. since the famous “Under the Skin” with Scarlett Johansson in the main role. “Business Zone” is a shocking story about a domestic idyll in the shadow of the crematoria, i.e. the family life of the commandant of the German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, Rudolf Höss and his wife Hedwig. The main roles were played by Sandra Hüller and Christian Friedel. The author of the photos for “Strefa biznes” is Łukasz Żal, one of the favorites for an Oscar nomination next year.
The second Polish co-production on the list of nominees is the documentary film by Lea Glob “Apolonia, Apolonia” (co-producer of the film is HBO Max Central Europe – owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, the owner of TVN Warner Bros. Discovery Polska), nominated in the European Documentary Film category. The Polish producer of this documentary is Małgorzata Staroń (Staron Film). It is a moving portrait of a Polish artist growing up in Paris – Apolonia Sokół. This Danish-Polish-French story was created for about 13 years. Looking at Sokół, Glob captured the changing world, showing various faces of femininity, building relationships and following dreams in a capitalist and patriarchal reality.
The film “Apolonia, Apolonia” had its world premiere as part of the main competition of the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) – the largest and most prestigious documentary film festival in the world – in November last year. Since then, the film Glob has become a festival hit and one of the favorites in the Oscar race.
European Film Awards 2023. Full list of nominations
“Anatomy of a Fall” dir. Justine Triet “The Falling Leaves” dir. Aki Kaurismäki “The Green Border” dir. Agnieszka Holland “I, the Captain” dir. Matteo Garrone “Business Zone” dir. Jonathan Glazer
European Documentary Film
“Apolonia, Apolonia” dir. Lea Glob “Four Daughters” dir. Kaouther Ben Hania “Motherland” dir. Hanna Badziaka, Aleksander Michalkowicz “Adamant” dir. Nicolas Philibert “The Sisterhood of the Sacred Sauna” dir. Anna Hints
European Full-Length Animated Film
“A Greyhound of a Girl” dir. Enzo D’Alo “Linda veut du poulet!” dir. Sebastien Laudenbach, Chiara Malta
“The Dog and the Robot” dir. Pablo Berger “The Amazing Cat Maurice” dir. Toby Genkel, Florian Westermann “The Sky of White Plastic” dir. Tabor Banoczki, Sarlota Szabo
European Short Film
“27” dir. Flóra Anna Buda “Aqueronte” dir. Manuel Muñoz Rivas “Daydreaming So Vividly About Our Spanish Holidays” dir. Christian Avilés “Flores Del Otro Patio” dir. Jorge Cadena “Hardly Working” dir. Susanna Flock, Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner
European Director/Female Director
Justine Triet for “Anatomy of a Fall” Aki Kaurismäki for “Falling Leaves” Agnieszka Holland for “The Green Frontier” Matteo Garrone for “I, Captain” Jonathan Glazer for “Stream of Interest”
Sandra Hüller “Anatomy of a Fall” Eka Chavleishvili “Black Blackbird, Blackberry” Alma Pöysti “Falling Leaves” Mia McKenna-Bruce “How To Have Sex” Leonie Benesch “The Staff Room” Sandra Hüller “The Business Zone”
Thomas Schubert “Red Sky” Jussi Vatanen “The Falling Leaves” Josh O’Connor “La Chimera” Mads Mikkelsen “The Bastard” Christian Friedel “Business Zone”
Justine Triet, Arthur Harari for “Anatomy of a Fall” Aki Kaurismäki for “Falling Leaves” Maciej Pisuk, Gabriela Łazarkiewicz-Sieczko, Agnieszka Holland for “The Green Frontier” İlker Çatak, Johannes Duncker for “Teacher’s Room” Jonathan Glazer for “Business Zone”
European Discovery – FIPRESCI Award
“20,000 species of bees” dir. Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren “How To Have Sex” dir. Molly Manning Walker “La Palisade” dir. Philip Sotnychenko “Safe Place” dir. Juraj Lerotić “Internal Emigration” dir. Malene Choi “Vincent doit mourir” dir. Stephan Castang
Main photo source: Photo Agata Kubis/Kino Świat