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Florian Zeller’s “Father”, Jasmila Zbanic’s “Aida” and Julia Ducournau’s “Titane” are the favorites of 34th European Film Awards

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The European Film Academy published on Tuesday the list of films nominated for the 34th European Film Awards (EFA). Among the favorites are “Father” by Florian Zeller, “Aida” by Jasmila Žbanić and “Titane” by Julia Ducournau. Each of the titles received four nominations.

This time, there was no Polish title among the nominated films, although we are the co-producers of four films. In the main category – the best movie – the competition will be fierce. Among the five nominated productions, as many as three are extremely awarded.

And so the French, iconoclastic “Titane” by Julia Ducournau has already won the Palme d’Or from Cannes, the poignant, Bosnian “Aida” by Jasmila Žbanić was nominated for an Oscar in the international film category, and the British “Father” by Florian Zeller won two Oscars – for directing and for the best actor. The latter award went to Anthony Hopkins, also nominated for the European Film Award (EFA).

A fight for the main statues seems to be going to take place between the two titles, although Paolo Sorrentino may confuse him with his latest film “It was the hand of God” awarded in Venice.

“Aida” Jasmila Žbanić is competing for the main EFA awardsGutek Film

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Favorites and Polish accents

“Aida” by Jasmila Žbanić, about a UN translator trying to save her family during the war in former Yugoslavia, will probably be the number one favorite for the most important awards. The film was made in co-production with Poland – with the participation of a Polish costume designer, editor and music composer.

The picture shows the Srebrenica massacre, where more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were murdered by Serbs in front of international peacekeepers.

Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman in the movie “Father”UIP

“Aida” was considered an Oscar-winning favorite in its category for many months. It was only won by the Danish “Na rausza”, which, however, fought for the EFA awards with success last year, winning the most important ones. The most dangerous competitor of “Aida” is Zeller’s “Father” with the great Oscar-winning role of Hopkins.

In the “Discoveries” category, two films were nominated in a Polish co-production: the Icelandic thriller “Lamb” by Valdimar Jóhannsson, in which a married couple treats a little sheep as their child (Polish editor), and the Russian “Whaler” by Filip Jurjew (the editor and composer are Poles).

We are also the co-producers of the puppet animation “Even the mice go to heaven” made by Denisa Grimmova and Jan Bubenick, nominated in the “Best European Animated Film” category.

Hopkins and Mulligan or Duricic?

While in the category of best male roles, probably no one can threaten Hopkins, the situation is not so clear among female roles. It seems that the award will go either to the lead actor in “Aida” Jasny Djuricić, or to the sensational Carey Mulligan (“Promising. Young. Woman”), whom Oscar was wiped from under the nose of the great Frances McDormand for her role in “Nomadland”.

In the film Žbanić, Jasna Djuricić, nominated for the acting award, plays the aforementioned translator, fighting to save her relatives. In “Promising. Young. Woman”, after tragic events destroyed Cassandra’s future (played by Mulligan), the protagonist seeks revenge against those who stand in her way. Eventually he reaches out to his former persecutors and gives them a real horror film.

British actress Emerald Fennell’s directorial debut, won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay. It is strange that the European Film Academy did not nominate him in this category, nor for directing.

A horse with a row of those who accurately select the winner in the “best director” category – this is how the stake is even. The nominees are: Julia Ducournau (“Titane”), Radu Jude (“Unfortunate Number or Crazy Porn”), Paolo Sorrentino (“It Was God’s Hand”), Jasmila Žbanić (“Aida”) and Florian Zeller (“Father”).

Carey Mulligan in the movie “Promising. Young. Woman”United International Pictures Polska

A sip of history

The awards, which have been awarded by the European Film Academy since 1988, are called “European Oscars”. The first winner in the “Best Film” category was Krzysztof Kieślowski’s “A Short Film About Killing”. At that time, until 1996, Felixes were still awarded, then renamed EFA (European Film Awards). Two years later, “Hear my cry” by Maciej Drygas, devoted to the circumstances of Ryszard Siwiec’s self-immolation, was recognized as the best documentary.

The record number of five EFA awards was won in 2014 by Paweł Pawlikowski for “Ida”, and four years later he broke his own record by receiving as many as six EFA statuettes for “Cold War”. Earlier, in 2010, three statuettes for “Ghost Author”, including the most important one, for the best film, were won by Roman Polański. Earlier, the director was nominated for EFA awards many times, and in 2003 the award was received by Paweł Edelman for his cinematography for his “The Pianist”.

Last year, “Corpus Christi” by Jan Komasa was nominated for the best film. Also from 2020, the position of the president of the European Film Academy is held by Polish director Agnieszka Holland.

This year, the lifetime achievement award will go to the outstanding Hungarian director Márta Mészáros (“Diary for my children”, “Diary for my beloved”), who for years has also worked with Polish actors (mostly with her former partner Jan Nowicki). Mészáros herself emphasizes that she feels emotionally connected with Poland. The artist celebrated her 90th birthday in September.

Joanna Kulig in “Cold War” by Paweł PawlikowskiCinema World

List of nominations for the 34th European Film Awards


“Aida”, dir. Jasmila Žbanić

“Hytti nro 6”, dir. Juho Kuosmanen

“Father”, dir. Florian Zeller

“It was the hand of God”, dir. Paolo Sorrentino

“Titane”, dir. Julia Ducournau


“Ninjababy”, dir. Yngvild Sve Flikke

“Belle fille”, dir. Méliane Marcaggi

“Sentimental”, dir. Cesc Gay


“Babiy Yar. Context”, dir. Siegiej Loznica

“Mr. Bachmann’s Class”, dir. Maria Speth

“The most beautiful boy in the world”, directed by Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri

“The Tame Garden”, dir. Salomé Jashi

“Survive”, dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen

Jasmila Žbanić – “Aida”

Julia Ducournau – “Titane”

Radu Jude – “Unfortunate Quickie or Crazy Porn”

Paolo Sorrentino – “It was the hand of God”

Florian Zeller – “Father”


“Even mice go to heaven”, dir. Denisa Grimmová and Jan Bubeníček

“Survive”, dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen

“My mama gorilla”, dir. Linda Hambäck

“Where Is Anne Frank”, dir. Ari Folman

“The Secret of the Wolf Pack”, dir. Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart

Jasna Đuričić – “Aida”

Seidi Haarla – “Hytti nro 6”

Carey Mulligan “Promising. Young. Woman”

Renate Reinsve – “The Worst Man In The World”

Agathe Rousselle – “Titane”

Anthony Hopkins – “The Father”

Franz Rogowski – “Great Freedom”

Tahar Rahim – “Moorish”

Yuri Borisov – “Hytti nro 6”

Vincent Lindon – “Titane”

Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton – “Father”

Jasmila Žbanić – “Aida”

Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt – “The worst man in the world”

Paolo Sorrentino – “It was the hand of God”

Radu Jude – “Unfortunate Quickie or Crazy Porn”

European Film Academy, tvn24.pl

Main photo source: United International Pictures Polska

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