Roman Polanski's 'Ghost Writer' Leads European Film Award Nominations

Roman Polanski’s thriller has been nominated for 7 European Film Awards including best European film, director, actor (Ewan McGregor), screenwriter, editor, production design and composer. Other leading nominees are Samuel Maoz’s Lebanon with 5 nods and Semih Kaplanoğlu’s Honey with 3. This year’s European Film Awards will take place in Tallinn, Estonia on December 4. The 2,300 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the winners. Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon won the European film, director and screenwriter awards last year.

EUROPEAN FILM 2010:

BAL (Honey), Turkey/Germany
Directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu
Written by Semih Kaplanoğlu & Orçun Köksal
Produced by Semih Kaplanoğlu & Johannes Rexin

DES HOMMES ET DES DIEUX (Of Gods and Men), France
Directed by Xavier Beauvois
Written by Etienne Comar & Xavier Beauvois

THE GHOST WRITER, France/Germany/UK
Directed by Roman Polanski
Written by Robert Harris & Roman Polanski
Produced by Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde & Roman Polanski

LEBANON, Israel/Germany/France
Written and directed by Samuel Maoz
Produced by Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, David Silber, Uri Sabag, Einat Bickel, Benjamina Mirnik & Illan Girard

EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS (The Secret in their Eyes), Spain/Argentina
Directed by Juan José Campanella
Written by Eduardo Sacheri & Juan José Campanella
Produced by Gerardo Herrero, Mariela Besuievsky & Juan José Campanella

SOUL KITCHEN, Germany
Directed by Fatih Akin
Written by Fatih Akin & Adam Bousdoukos
Produced by Fatih Akin & Klaus Maeck

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2010:

Olivier Assayas for CARLOS
Semih Kaplanoğlu for BAL (Honey)
Samuel Maoz for LEBANON
Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER
Paolo Virzi for LA PRIMA COSA BELLA (The First Beautiful Thing)

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2010:

Zrinka Cvitešić in NA PUTU (On the Path)
Sibel Kekilli in DIE FREMDE (When We Leave)
Lesley Manville in ANOTHER YEAR
Sylvie Testud in LOURDES
Lotte Verbeek in NOTHING PERSONAL

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2010:

Jakob Cedergren in SUBMARINO
Elio Germano in LA NOSTRA VITA (Our Life)
Ewan McGregor in THE GHOST WRITER
George Pistereanu in EU CAND VREAU SA FLUIER, FLUIER (If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle)
Luis Tosar in CELDA 211 (Cell 211)

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2010:

Jorge Guerricaechevarría & Daniel Monzón for CELDA 211 (Cell 211)
Robert Harris & Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER
Samuel Maoz for LEBANON
Radu Mihaileanu for LE CONCERT (The Concert)

CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD 2010:

Giora Bejach for LEBANON
Caroline Champetier for DES HOMMES ET DES DIEUX (Of Gods and Men)
Pavel Kostomarov for Как я провел этим летом (How I Ended this Summer)
Barış Özbiçer for BAL (Honey)

EUROPEAN EDITOR 2010:

Luc Barnier & Marion Monnier for CARLOS
Arik Lahav-Leibovich for LEBANON
Hervé de Luze for THE GHOST WRITER

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER 2010:

Paola Bizzarri & Luis Ramirez for IO, DON GIOVANNI (I, Don Giovanni)
Albrecht Konrad for THE GHOST WRITER
Markku Pätilä & Jaagup Roomet for PÜHA TÕNU KIUSAMINE (The Temptation of St. Tony)

EUROPEAN COMPOSER 2010:

Ales Brezina for KAWASAKIHO RŮŽE (Kawasaki’s Rose)
Pasquale Catalano for MINE VAGANTI (Loose Cannons)
Alexandre Desplat for THE GHOST WRITER
Gary Yershon for ANOTHER YEAR

  1. Wow…really? They should just call this the “EFA Support-a-thon for Pedophiles,” because “Ghost Writer” was one hot mess of a film. All atmosphere, no character, no story.

    First two rules for any thriller: give us a rooting interest in our protagonist, give us villains whose behavior makes sense. “Ghost Writer” failed miserably on both counts.

  2. The guy who raped a teenager is about to win MORE awards….oh joy :(

    Who are they going to get to hand him another “OSCAR”? He still can’t come here for it.

  3. Even putting aside the pedophile rapist issue, for the sake of evaluating Ghost Writer objectively, I didn’t think the film was as good as the rave reviews it received.

    Polanski has (had?) incredible power as a director—just look at Rosemary’s Baby, and Chinatown. But most of the movies he’s made since his exile, while always interesting, have just not reached that same level.

    I don’t like Polanski as a person because of what he did to that little girl. But I do agree that he was one of our most interesting directors. However, I just don’t see that same power and vision in the films he’s made during his exile in Europe. Ghost Writer is certainly better than a lot of what’s released nowadays, but it’s far from being a great film, and I suspect that people who are calling it that are doing so for political reasons, rather than aesthetic reasons. Polanski’s brilliance as a director appears to have waned.

  4. A horrible film that no one watched? Of course the Europeans are all about it. Are they just allergic to good movies, or what?

  5. I can’t believe this. This is one of the laziest pieces of filmmaking I’ve seen in years. This is actually up for a SCRIPT award?? This has to be a sympathy fix.

  6. Awards for “Ghostwriter”? Please. Why reward such a cliche-riddled film? The ending was ridiculous.

    This must be a sympathy vote for Polanski.

  7. I can’t believe you all watch this rapists movies. He should be in jail. She was 13 for gods sake. Shame on all of you.

  8. Jesus Christ grow up. Separate the art from the artist. Not everyone wants to see twilight and will Ferrell films on loop. This is a great film that Hollywood would never make because it’s too thoughtful. I thought this was a site for people who love film not just cry babies who can’t wait for transformers 13 in 3D. Ghost Writer was brilliant. Move on.

    1. I couldn’t agree more, Get Over It. I’m sick of all the whining that goes on about Polanski. He’s a great film maker. Lots of artists have messy lives. But, the art survives.

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