'The Broken Circle Breakdown' Leads European Film Awards Nominations

The European Film Academy has unveiled the nominees for the 26th European Film Awards. Felix van Groeningen’s Berlin and Tribeca prize-winner, The Broken Circle Breakdown, leads the pack with five nods in each of the top categories. The film is also Belgium’s entry for the Foreign Language Oscar. Paolo Sorrentino’s Cannes competitor, and Italy’s Oscar entry, The Great Beauty, has four nominations. Another film from Italy, Giuseppe Tornatore’s English-language The Best Offer starring Geoffrey Rush, also fared well with the Academy, taking three nominations. Three other films garnered three nods: François Ozon’s In The House; Jan Ole Gerster’s Oh Boy!, which won six Lolas in Germany earlier this year; and Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina. The latter film bagged acting nods for Jude Law and Keira Knightley. Blue Is The Warmest Color was mentioned twice, for Best European Film and Best European Director; although there were no citations for the film’s lead actresses. Naomi Watts also is a nominee for The Impossible. The winners will be announced in Berlin on December 7th. Following is a full list of the nominees:

EUROPEAN FILM 2013
The Best Offer
Italy, dir: Giuseppe Tornatore
Blancanieves
Spain/France, dir: Pablo Berger
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Belgium, dir: Felix van Groeningen
The Great Beauty
Italy/France, dir: Paolo Sorrentino
Oh Boy!
Germany, dir: Jan Ole Gerster
Blue Is The Warmest Color
France, dir: Adellatif Kechiche

EUROPEAN COMEDY 2013
I’m So Excited!
Spain, dir: Pedro Almodóvar
Welcome Mr President!
Italy, dir: Riccardo Milani
Love Is All You Need
Denmark, dir: Susanne Bier
The Priest’s Children
Croatia/Serbia, dir: Vinko Brešan

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2013
Pablo Berger for Blancanieves
Felix van Groeningen for The Broken Circle Breakdown
Abdellatif Kechiche for Blue Is The Warmest Color
François Ozon for In The House
Paolo Sorrentino for The Great Beauty
Giuseppe Tornatore for The Best Offer

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2013
Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina
Veerle Baetens in The Broken Circle Breakdown
Barbara Sukowa in Hannah Arendt
Naomi Watts in The Impossible
Luminita Gheorghiu in Child’s Pose

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2013
Jude Law in Anna Karenina
Johan Heldenbergh in The Broken Circle Breakdown
Fabrice Luchini in In The House
Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty
Tom Schilling in Oh Boy!

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2013
Tom Stoppard for Anna Karenina
Giuseppe Tornatore for The Best Offer
Carl Joos & Felix van Groeningen for The Broken Circle Breakdown
François Ozon for In The House
Paolo Sorrentino & Umberto Contarello for The Great Beauty

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY – FIPRESCI
Call Girl, dir: Mikael Marcimain
Eat Sleep Die, dir: Gabriela Pichler
Miele, dir: Valeria Golino
Oh Boy!, dir: Jan Ole Gerster
The Plague, dir: Neus Ballus

EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY
The Act Of Killing, dir: Joshua Oppenheimer
The Missing Image, dir: Rithy Panh
Stop-Over, dir: Kaveh Bakhtiari

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY ANIMATED FEATURE
The Congress, dir: Ari Folman
Jasmine, dir: Alain Ughetto
Pinocchio, dir: Enzo d’Aio

EUROPEAN SHORT FILM
Butter Lamp, dir: Hu Wei
Cut, dirs: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Muller
Death Of A Shadow, dir: Tom Van Avermaet
Houses With Small Windows, dir: Bulent Ozturk
Jump, dirs: Peter Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva
Letter, dir: Sergei Loznitsa
Morning, dir: Cathy Brady
Mystery, dir: Chema Garcia Ibarra
Nuclear Waste, dir: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
Orbit Ever After, dir: Jamie Stone
A Story For The Modlins, dir: Sergio Oksman
Sunday 3, dir: Jochen Kuhn
Though I Know The River Is Dry, dir: Omar Robert Hamilton
The Waves, dir: Miguel Fonseca
Zima, dir: Cristina Picchi