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Philip Groning's "Into Great Silence" and Ben Hopkins' "37 Uses for a Dead Sheep" are among the nominees in the documentary category for the 2006 European Film Awards. Also making the cut are "Our Daily Bread" from Nikolaus Geyrhalter; "Dreaming by Numbers" from Anna Bucchetti; Adan Aliaga's "Grandmother's House"; "The Cementery Club" from Tali Shemesh; Jean-Christophe Rose's "Maradona, the Golden Kid"; and "The Fisherman and the Dancing Girl" by Russian director Valeriy Solomin. The winners will be announced Dec. 2 at a gala ceremony in Warsaw, Poland.



'Torchwood' blazes

LONDON — There seems no end to viewers' appetite for all things "Doctor Who" here, as the alien-hunting spinoff "Torchwood" grabbed a formidable 2.4 million viewers for its debut outing on digital network BBC3, a level draw with flagship channel BBC1's Sunday-night drama "Wide Sargasso Sea." The spinoff was rated No. 3 across all channels Sunday night at 9. It was beaten only by "Prime Suspect" on ITV1 and Channel 4's movie offering "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."



'Rabe' funded

COLOGNE, Germany — Helmer Florian Gallenberger has solved a substantial piece of the financing puzzle for his historical drama "John Rabe," about a German businessman who saved 250,000 Chinese during the Rape of Nanking in 1937-38. The German Federal Film Board on Monday said it will back the project with $1 million in subsidies. The FFA also is giving $314,000 each to offbeat comedy projects "Shortcut to Hollywood," from director Marcus Mittermeier, and writer-director Michael Glawogger's "Contact High."
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