'Slow West,' 'Goodnight Mommy' Among European Discovery Nominees

'Slow West'

Scottish director John Maclean makes his feature debut in Slow West, where young Scottish aristocrat Jay Cavendish ( Kodi Smit - McPhee) travels to Colorado during the American frontier era in search of his love, Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius). Unprepared for the journey, Cavendish is saved by  traveler and bounty hunter Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender). 

A jury of international critics and industry professionals nominated five first-time filmmakers for Europe's top film honor.

An Austrian horror film, a German dramedy and a Scottish Western are among the nominees for this year's European Discovery — Prix FIPRESCI honor, the European Film Academy's first-time filmmaker prize.

The five nominees, announced on Sunday at a ceremony at Germany's Oldenburg Film Festival, include Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala’s Austrian horror film Goodnight Mommy; Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Turkish-French drama Mustang; Anna Sofie Hartmann’s slow-burning character study Limbo; Tom Sommerlatte’s German dramedy Summers Downstairs and Slow West, the directorial debut of musician-turned-filmmaker John Maclean.

The Discovery honor is presented jointly by the EFA and the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci). Winners will be announced at the European Film Awards in Berlin on Dec. 12 during the annual awards. The nominees were chosen by a jury that included members Fipresci and EFA.

This year’s members of the Prix FIPRESCI jury were producer Dagmar Jacobsen (Germany), the Transylvania International Film Festival’s artistic director Mihai Chirilov (Romania), film critic and actor Krzysztof Kwiatkowski (Poland), producer Lynda Myles (U.K.), journalist and director of programming of the Roma Fiction Fest Marco Spagnoli (Italy), programmer of the Rotterdam International Film Festival Gerwin Tamsma (the Netherlands) and journalist and film festival programmer Neil Young (U.K.).