European Film Academy Unveils Nominees for Discovery Award

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'The Eremites'

Literary adaptation 'Lady Macbeth,' French agricultural thriller 'Bloody Milk' and German-Italian drama 'The Eremites' are among the titles in the running for the EFA's best first-film prize.

A French agricultural thriller, a Bulgarian blast of urban realism and a British adaptation of a 19th century Russian literary classic are among this year's nominees for the European Discovery prize, the best first-film award presented by the European Film Academy.

The EFA on Thursday revealed the five nominees for this year's Discovery honor, which include Hubert Charuel's Bloody Milk, a thriller set in the French countryside; Ralitza Petrova's Godless, a noir-ish depiction of impoverished brutality in small-town Bulgaria; and William Oldroyd's Lady Macbeth, which transfers the story of the original desperate housewife from Nikolai Leskov's classic 1865 novel Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District to 19th century England.

Also competing for this year's honor are the critically acclaimed The Eremites, Ronny Trocker's debut feature, which follows a thirty-something man living in the tiny German-speaking area of South Tyrol in Northern Italy; and Catalan director Carla Simon’s biographical piece Summer 1993, the story of an orphaned girl’s troubled life with her new family.

The some 3,000 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the winner of this year's Discovery prize, which will be announced Dec. 9 at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin.