'Prophet' tops European film noms with six

'Slumdog,' 'White Ribbon' also receive multiple citations

COLOGNE, Germany – Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet," Danny Boyle's Oscar champ "Slumdog Millionaire" and Palme d'Or winner "The White Ribbon" from Austrian director Michael Haneke are the front-runners in a crowded field at this year's European Film Awards.

Audiard's hard-hitting French prison tale, Haneke's austere black-and-white period piece and Boyle's Mumbai-based story of rags-to-riches all picked up nominations in the European film, European director, European screenwriter and European cinematographer categories.

"A Prophet" leads the pack with six nominations, including ones for star Tahar Rahim in the European actor category and an EFA Prix d'Excellence nomination for sound design.

Also in the running for best European film 2009 are Stephen Daldry's Oscar winner "The Reader," Scottish director Andrea Arnold's kitchen sink drama "Fish Tank" and Tomas Alfredson's Swedish vampire film "Let the Right One In."

Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces" was shut out of the best film lineup, but the latest from the Spanish auteur grabbed noms for European director of the year and a nomination for Penelope Cruz as European actress 2009.

As usual, the best actress category will be one of the hardest to call. Cruz will be going up against Kate Winslet's Oscar-winning turn in "The Reader," Charlotte Gainsbourg as a woman struck mad by guilt in Lars von Trier's "Antichrist" and Yolande Moreau's incarnation of French painter Seraphine de Senlis in Martin Provost's "Seraphine" as well as two star-making performances by newcomers: Sweden's Noomi Rapace as a goth hacker in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and Katie Jarvis' breathtaking debut in "Fish Tank."

Alongside Rahim, the European actor category includes two Germans -- David Kross as Winslet's young lover in "The Reader" and Moritz Bleibtreu as '70s terrorist Andreas Baader in "The Baader Meinhof Complex" -- and two Brits: "Slumdog Millionaire" star Dev Patel and Steve Evets, nominated for his role as a depressed postman who gets some life coaching from French soccer star Eric Cantona in Ken Loach's "Looking for Eric." The dark horse candidate is Italy's Filippo Timi, nominated for playing fascist leader Benito Mussolini in Marco Bellocchio's period drama "Vincere."

The winners of the 2009 European Film Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony Dec. 12 in Bochum, Germany.

A full list of EFA 2009 nominees is on the next page.



EUROPEAN FILM

"Fish Tank" U.K.
Written and directed by Andrea Arnold
Produced by Kees Kasander & Nick Laws

"Let the Right One in" Sweden
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
Written by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Produced by John Nordling & Carl Molinder

"A Prophet" France
Directed by Jacques Audiard
Written by Jacques Audiard & Thomas Bidegain based on an original idea by Abdel Raouf Dafri after an original screenplay by Abdel Raouf Dafri & Nicolas Peufaillit
Produced by Chic Films & Page 114 & Why Not Prods.

"The Reader" Germany, U.K.
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Written by David Hare
Produced by Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti & Redmond Morris

"Slumdog Millionaire" U.K.
Directed by Danny Boyle
Written by Simon Beaufoy
Produced by Christian Colson

"The White Ribbon" Germany, Austria, France, Italy
Written and directed by Michael Haneke
Produced by Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Margaret Menegoz & Andrea Occhipinti

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR

Pedro Almodovar for "Broken Embraces"
Andrea Arnold for "Fish Tank"
Jacques Audiard for "A Prophet"
Danny Boyle for "Slumdog Millionaire"
Michael Haneke for "The White Ribbon"
Lars von Trier for "Antichrist"

EUROPEAN ACTOR

Moritz Bleibtreu in "The Baader Meinhof Complex"
Steve Evets in "Looking for Eric"
David Kross in "The Reader"
Dev Patel in "Slumdog Millionaire"
Tahar Rahim in "A Prophet"
Filippo Timi in "Vincere"

EUROPEAN ACTRESS


Penelope Cruz in "Broken Embraces"
Charlotte Gainsbourg in "Antichrist"
Katie Jarvis in "Fish Tank
Yolande Moreau in "Seraphine"
Noomi Rapace in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Kate Winslet in "The Reader"

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER

Jacques Audiard & Thomas Bidegain for "A Prophet"
Simon Beaufoy for "Slumdog Millionaire"
Gianni di Gregorio for "Mid-August Lunch"
Michael Haneke for "The White Ribbon"

CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD

Christian Berger for "The White Ribbon"
Anthony Dod Mantle for "Antichrist" & "Slumdog Millionaire"
Maxim Drozdov & Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev for "Paper Soldier"
Stephane Fontaine for "A Prophet"

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY PRIX D'EXCELLENCE

Francesca Calvelli for the Editing, "Vincere"
Catherine Leterrier for the Costume Design, " Coco Before Chanel"
Waldemar Pokromski for Make Up and Hair, "The Baader Meinhof Complex"
Brigitte Taillandier, Francis Wargnier, Jean-Paul Hurier & Marc Doisne for the Sound Design, "A Prophet"

EUROPEAN COMPOSER

Alexandre Desplat for "Coco Before Chanel"
Jakob Groth for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Alberto Iglesias for "Broken Embraces"
Johan Soderqvist for "Let the Right One in"
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