EFAs tab documentary noms


COLOGNE, Germany -- 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.

Other films making the cut were "Our Daily Bread" from Austrian director Nikolaus Geyrhalter; "Dreaming By Numbers" from Dutch helmer Anna Bucchetti; Adan Aliaga's "Grandmother's House;" "The Cementery Club" from Israeli director Tali Shemesh; soccer-themed "Maradona, The Golden Kid," directed by France's Jean-Christophe Rose; and "The Fisherman and the Dancing Girl" by Russian director Valeriy Solomin.

The European Film Academy announced the documentary nominations Monday.

The shortlist was selected by a jury of three industry professionals: Bulgarian director-producer Adela Peeva, German director Thomas Riedelsheimer and Polish documentary producer Dorota Roszkowska.

The documentary list includes many features with prize-winning pedigrees. "Into Great Silence" won the grand jury award at Sundance, "37 Uses For A Dead Sheep" took the best international documentary prize at Toronto's Hot Docs Festival and "Our Daily Bread" won top honors at last year's Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival.

The three person jury will convene in Berlin later this year to choose the best European documentary of 2006. The European Film Awards will be announced Dec. 2 at a gala ceremony in Warsaw, Poland.