Diverse films to face off for Discovery


COLOGNE, Germany -- Eran Kolirin's "The Band's Visit," Anton Corbijn's "Control," Jan Bonny's "Counterparts" and Ozer Kiziltan's "Takva: A Man's Fear of God" will duke it out for this year's European Film Academy's European Discovery award.

The prize, awarded to up-and-coming directors for their first full-length feature film, will be voted on by the EFA's 1,800 members and presented in Berlin on Dec. 1 as part of the 20th annual European Film Awards.

The four films selected represent a wide range of styles and themes.

"The Band's Visit," which won Israel's Film Academy Award as well as the Coup de Coeur award in Cannes, is a light tragicomedy about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small Israeli town.

"Control," a stark, black-and-white depiction of the final days of British singer Ian Curtis, the founder of seminal rock band Joy Division, won the Camera d'Or prize in Cannes as well as best new British feature and best British performance for star Sam Riley at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

Kiziltan's "Takva" has picked up a number of prizes already as well, including best film at the Sarajevo Film Festival, and tells the story of a devout Muslim man tempted by Istanbul's secular world.

German director Bonny's "Counterparts," which premiered at the Cannes Quinzaine, is a gritty, realistic look at spousal abuse from the point of view of an abused husband.

A jury made up of members of the international federation of film critics and EFA board members picked the four films from 63 submitted films.