The European Film Awards (EFA), called the European equivalent of the Oscars, are awarded by the European Film Academy. The award in the most important European Film category was “Anatomy of a Fall” by Justine Triet.
The European Film Awards were established in 1988. Until 1996 they were also known as the Felix Awards. According to the assumptions of its originators, they were to constitute a counterweight to the American ones Oscars and become the main film award of united Europe. 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 with the Special Prize of the Jury 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, who is also indicated as one of next year’s favorites for an Oscar nomination for these photos.
The second Polish co-production on the list of nominees is Lea Glob’s documentary film “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) – at 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.
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