Oscar-Winning 'The King’s Speech' Makes European Film Academy Long List
LONDON – The Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, is one of a trio of U.K. films making it onto this year’s European Film Academy film awards long list.
The drama about King George VI's stuttering struggle is one of three British titles on the 45-strong list alongside fellow Oscar winner Tilda Swinton who stars in Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin and Neds, a gritty coming of age drama set in 1970s Glasgow, written and directed by Peter Mullan.
France noses ahead of the pack overall garnering 11 nominations, eight of which are co-productions with other territories, while German films score seven slots and Spain has four repping its industry.
Michel Hazanavicius’sThe Artist is among the French contenders for a nomination slot while Juanita Wilson’s Irish, Macedonian and Swedish co-production As If I Am Not There, is also seeking a spot.
The European Film Academy’s 2,500 strong membership will now vote on their choices across the various categories and the nominations will be announced on November 5 at the Seville European Film Festival.
The 24th European Film Awards will be presented in Berlin on Dec. 3 this year.
The long list is made up by the 20 countries with the most EFA members, which have voted one national film directly onto the list, while further films were added by EFA board members and experts. Films from 32 European countries are repped on this year’s list.
EFA Nominations - Long List
Almanya, dir, Yasemin Samdereli, (Germany/Turkey)
America, dir, Joao Nuno Pinto (Portugal/Spain/Brazil/Russia)
The Artist, dir, Michel Hazanavicius (France)
As If I am Not There, dir Juanita Wilson (Ireland, FYR Macedonia, Sweden)
Attenberg,dir, Athina Rachel Tsangari (Greece)
Ave, dir Konstantin Bojanov (Bulgaria)
The Last Circus, dir, Alex de la Iglesia (Spain)
White White World, dir, Oleg Novkovic (Serbia, Germany, Sweden)
Cirkus Columbia, dir, Danis Tanovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina/France/U.K./Germany/Slovenia/Belgium)
Silent Sonata, dir, Janez Burger (Slovenia/Ireland)
Three, dir, Tom Tykwer (Germany)
Volcano, dir, Runar Runarsson (Iceland/Denmark)
Elena, dir, Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia)
Essential Killing, dir, Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland/Norway/Ireland/Hungary)
The Kid With A Bike, dirs, Dardenne Brothers (Belgium/France/Italy)
Habeumus Papum, dir, Nanni Moretti, (Italy/France)
In A Better World, dir, Susanne Bier (Denmark)
Stopped On Track, dir, Andreas Dresen (Germany)
Infiltration, dir, Dover Kosashvili (Israel/France)
The King’s Speech, dir, Tom Hooper, (U.K.)
Le Havre, dir, Aki Kaurismaki (Finland/France/Germany)
Lidice, dir, Petr Nikolaev (Czech Republic)
Loverboy, dir, Catalin Mitulescu (Romania)
Mothers, dir, Milcho Manchevski (FYR Macedonia)
Melancholia, dir, Lars von Trier (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany)
Neds, dir, Peter Mullen (U.K.)
We Believed, dir, Mario Martone (Italy/France)
Oslo, dir, Joachim Trier (Norway)
Silent Souls, dir, Alexey Fedorchenco (Russia)
Black Bread, dir, Agustí Villaronga (Spain)
The Little Room, dirs, Stephanie Chuat & Veronique Reymond (Switzerland/Luxembourg)
Little Whilte Lies, dir, Guillaume Canet (France)The Skin I Live In, dir, Pedro Almodovar (Spain)Play, dir, Ruben Ostlund (Sweden)
Surviving Life, dir, Jan Svankmajer (Czech Republic/Slovakia)
Bullhead, dir, Michael R. Roskam (Belgium/the Netherlands)
Suicide Room, dir, Jan Komasa (Poland)
Beyond, dir, Pernilla August (Sweden/Denmark/Finland)
Even The Rain,dir, Iciar Bollaín (Spain)
Tilva Ros, dir, Nikola Lezaic (Serbia)
Tirza, dir, Rudolf van den Berg (The Netherlands)
Tomboy, dir, Celine Sciamma (France)
The Turin Horse, dir, Bela Tarr (Hungary/France/Switzerland/Germany)
The Unintentional Kidnapping Of Elfriede Ott, dir, Andreas Prochaska (Austria)
We Need To Talk About Kevin, dir, Lynne Ramsay (U.K.)