'Girl,' 'The Guilty' and 'Touch Me Not' Among European Discovery Award Nominees

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Lukas Dhont's transgender drama, Gustav Moller's sparse Danish thriller and Adina Pintilie's Berlin festival winner are contenders for the best first-film honor at this year European Film Awards.

Lukas Dhont's Girl, a coming-of-age drama involving a transgender girl training to be a ballerina; Gustav Moller's sparse thriller The Guilty, focused entirely on a headset-wearing worker at an Danish emergency call center; and Adina Pintilie's experimental, transgressive Touch Me Not, winner of this year's Golden Bear in Berlin, are among the nominees for the European Discovery 2018, the best first-feature honor of the European Film Awards.

The Hungarian drama One Day, from Zsofia Szilagyi, the assistant director of 2017 Berlinale winner On Body and Soul; Scary Mother, a look at a 50-year-old housewife in a mid-life crisis from filmmaker Ana Urushadze; and Swiss director Cyril Schaublin's Those Who Are Fine, which follows a would-be telephone con artist, complete this year's lineup of Discovery nominees.

The 3,500 members of the European Film Academy will now vote on the best first film of 2018, and the European Discovery 2018 – Prix FIPRESCI will then be unveiled at the 31st European Film Awards on Dec. 15 in Seville, Spain.