Stars Come out for European Film Awards

A Second Chance
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'Game of Throne' actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Oscar-winner Steve McQueen among Euro VIPs attending Europe's top film awards

The European Film Awards will be rolling out the red carpet for the continent's leading cinema talents this week. While the EFAs can't match the Academy Awards for sheer star wattage, this year's event boasts some impressive names from across the continent.

Danish Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, British Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen and Norwegian acting legend Liv Ullmann are among the VIPs set to attend the 27th European Film Awards in Riga, Latvia on Dec. 13.

German director and President of the European Film Academy, Wim Wenders, will open this year's EFAs together with EFA Chairwoman, Polish director Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness).

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The ceremony will feature some of Europe's hottest rising talents, including Swiss actress Carla Juri, whose performance in David Wnendt's Wetlands won widespread acclaim; Dutch star Sylvia Hoeks, who appeared alongside Geoffrey Rush in Giuseppe Tornatore's The Best Offer; and Ada Condeescu from Romanian, who first attracted attention back in 2010 with her performance in Florin Serban's Berlin Festival Silver Bear winner If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle.

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Coster-Waldau marked his return to European cinema this year with his starring role in A Second Chance, a Danish-language drama from director Susanne Bier (In A Better World). McQueen, who, in 2008, won the European Discovery Award for best first feature for Hunger, returns to receive the European Achievement in World Cinema honor.

Agnes Varda, one of the directors credited with starting the French New Wave movement of the 1960s, will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Irish producer Ed Guiney, whose credits include The Guard, Frank and television series Ripper Street, will receive the Prix Eurimages, the European Co-Production award, for his work.

Around 1,000 European film professionals are expected to attend the red carpet event at the Latvian National Opera. The ceremony will be broadcast live in several European countries as well as online.

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