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The European Film Academy has this week announced the nominations for the 2016 European Film Awards, with director Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann leading the field with five nods for Best European Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Screenwriter.
Check out the full list of nominations here…
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- Gary Collinson
The nominations for the 29th European Film Awards were announced this Saturday in Seville. Four films which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival are included in the race for Best European Film, including the Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake” and Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle.”
Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” leads the pack with six nominations including Best Film and Best Director. Among the Best Actress and Actor nominees this year are Isabelle Huppert for her critically acclaimed role in “Elle” and Hugh Grant for his charming performance in “Florence Foster Jenkins.”
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The Efa, in collaboration with the European Film Academy and Efa Productions, honor the greatest achievements in European cinema.
The 2016 European Film Awards will take place on December 10 in Wroclaw, Poland.
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- Liz Calvario
A quartet of films that premiered in competition at Cannes Film Festival dominate this year’s European Film Academy Awards nominations, which were revealed this morning at the Seville European Film Festival.
Acclaimed Germany comedy Toni Erdmann was nominated for five prizes: best film, best director, best screenplay, best actress and actor.
Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta received three nominations (best film, best director and best actress for Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte jointly) as did Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (best film, best director and best actress for Isabelle Huppert).
More than 3000 Efa members will now vote for the winners.
The awards will be handed out at the 29th annual ceremony in Wroclaw (Poland »
In line with expectations, five of the highest-profile European films of the year, including four Cannes competitors, will vie for Best European Film at this year’s European Film Awards: Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake,” Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta,” Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room,” and Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann.”
But it’s the film from the least-known of the five directors, “Toni Erdmann” – at least until it bowed at the Cannes to one of the best critical receptions in years – that leads the pack with five major European Film Award nominations, which were announced this Saturday in the Spanish city of Seville.
Given out by the European Film Academy, the European Film Awards take place Dec. 10 in Wroclaw, »
- Emilio Mayorga
Nico—singer-songwriter, model, actress, German—will be getting the biopic treatment in Nico, 1988, focusing on the icon’s final years. Cosmonauta director Susanna Nicchiarelli will direct, and the role of Nico herself will be portrayed by Denmark’s Trine Dyrholm.
“Most people think, as Andy Warhol once said, that after her experience with Velvet Underground and the Factory—and after having had sex with most of the rock stars of those years—Nico simply ‘became a fat junkie’ and disappeared,” Nicchiarelli said in a statement, pitching the film to buyers at the Rome Film Festival. “But is this how her life really went?”
The film will not focus on Nico’s ’60s heyday, appearing in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and performing with the Velvet Underground. Nor will it depict her solo career throughout the ’70s. Rather, it will focus on the last year of her life. Nicchiarelli, who ...
- Mike Vanderbilt
Rome — Nico, the late German chanteuse who was among Andy Warhol’s muses and sang with the Velvet Underground, is getting the biopic treatment. The 1960s cult pop culture figure will be played by Denmark’s Trine Dyrholm, winner of this year’s Berlin Silver Bear for best actress.
Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli, known on the festival circuit for her standout debut “Cosmonauta,” will start shooting Nov. 7 in Italy on the film, which is about Nico’s later years, titled “Nico, 1988.”
Besides Dyrholm, who took the Berlin statuette for her role as a wronged wife in Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Commune,” the film’s pan-European cast includes Romanian actress Anamaria Marinca (“4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 days”); Britain’s Karina Fernandez (“Happy Go Lucky”); Belgium’s Fabrizio Rongione, a regular in the Dardennes brothers’ films; France’s Sandor Funteck (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”); and promising young British stage actor Calvin Demba in his screen debut. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Us distributor has taken the 1970s-set drama, which won a Crystal Bear at the Berlinale for actress Trine Dyrholm.
Us outfit Magnolia Pictures has picked up Thomas Vinterberg’s drama The Commune, which had its international premiere in competition at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, winning a Silver Bear for actress Trine Dyrholm.
Starring alongside Dyrholm are Ulrich Thomsen (In A Better World), Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty) and Lars Ranthe (The Hunt). Director Thomas Vinterberg co-wrote the script with Oscar-nominated A War director Tobias Lindholm, who previously co-wrote Vinterberg’s Submarino and Oscar-nominated The Hunt.
The film tells a story about the clash between personal desires vs. solidarity and tolerance in a Danish commune in the 1970’s.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
A couple’s experiment with group living backfires in Thomas Vinterberg’s beautifully acted but heavy-handed drama
Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s own experiences of growing up in a commune during the 1970s and 80s inform his unflinching approach to the subject in this drama, which was based on his own stage play, Kollektivet. More heavy-handed than Lukas Moodysson’s similarly themed Together, less abrasively confrontational than The Idiots by fellow Dogme 95 signatory Lars von Trier, The Commune is slightly melodramatic in its exploration of the emotional fallout when an experiment in collective living coincides with the breakdown of a marriage.
When university lecturer Erik (Ulrich Thomsen) inherits a huge house on the outskirts of Copenhagen, he is dissuaded from selling it by his wife, Anna (Trine Dyrholm), who proposes sharing the space with like-minded friends as a way of easing the financial burden, and staving off the middle-class, middle-age »
- Wendy Ide
The Danish film-maker returns to home soil for a soapy character study that is elevated by a magnetic central performance from Trine Dyrholm
An intensely focused lead performance from Trine Dyrholm carries this new movie by the Danish director and Dogme 95 veteran Thomas Vinterberg. The setting is an emotionally fraught commune in 1970s Copenhagen. Dyrholm is Anna, a local television newsreader married to rumpled and sexy lecturer Erik, played by Ulrich Thomsen; they have a shy and intelligent 14-year-old daughter, Freja (Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen). When Erik inherits his late father’s gigantic family home, Anna suggests they invite various friends and professional acquaintances to move in with them, and so stave off middle-aged, middle-class ennui with a daring experiment in collective living and creativity. But having set off down this bold route of caring and sharing, Anna is unsure how to react when there is a crisis in her own relationship. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Mark Harrison Aug 1, 2016
Fed up of big blockbusters right now? Here are some smaller movie treats to be found in August in UK cinemas...
Around this time of the year, we like to shine a spotlight on the slightly smaller films coming out after most of the box office juggernauts have been and gone. But with each annual feature, we've noticed that the year is filling up with blockbusters more and more. The year's first comic book movie was February's Deadpool, a surprise box office smash and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice got 2016's blockbuster season started much earlier than usual.
We're late enough in this elongated season that August will find the blockbuster schedule repeating itself - Ben Affleck's Batman will be back on screen for a cameo in DC Movies' Suicide Squad, Disney follows The Jungle Book with a live-action remake of Pete's Dragon, and Ricky Gervais »
Having spoken to Trine Dyrholm, the star of Thomas Vinterberg’s latest production The Commune, we then had the opportunity to sit down with the man himself, to speak about a film that reflects his own experiences growing up in a real-life commune in Denmark. Vinterberg speaks about today’s society, and his own sense of nostalgia […]
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- Stefan Pape
As one of the finest exports to have come out of Danish cinema, Trine Dyrholm shows off her acting chops in her latest endeavour The Commune, with regular collaborator Thomas Vinterberg. The actress discusses her working relationship with the esteemed filmmaker, while also speaking of her own experiences living in a commune. She then goes […]
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- Stefan Pape
★★☆☆☆ "You lose one another in a big house." Prophetic words from the patriarch at the head of Danish director Thomas Vinterberg's The Commune. In the wake of his father's death, Erik (Ulrich Thomsen) inherits an enormous Copenhagen property and wants to cash in on the million kroner it's worth. His bored wife, Anna (a tremendously restrained Trine Dyrholm), and adolescent daughter, Freya (Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen) are in need of adventure and usher in a new chapter in lives that have become humdrum by inviting a gaggle of others to make home under their expansive roof. "I need to hear other people talk," says Anna.
- CineVue UK
The film-maker on how growing up in a commune informed his new movie and his mixed feelings about the EU
Thomas Vinterberg is the Danish film director who, with Lars von Trier, co-founded Dogme 95, a movement that aimed to “purify” film-making by, among other things, minimising the use of special effects. In 1998, he wrote and directed the first Dogme film, Festen (The Celebration), which won numerous awards. However, his 2003 film, It’s All About Love, starring Claire Danes and Joaquin Phoenix, was a famous flop, and his reputation did not fully recover until the Oscar-nominated The Hunt (2012), about a man wrongly accused of child abuse. His new film is Kollektivet (The Commune), set in Copenhagen in the early 70s. It stars Ulrich Thomsen as Erik and Trine Dyrholm as Anna, a middle-class couple who set up a commune, with disastrous consequences for their marriage.
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- Rachel Cooke
Lars von Trier’s regular producer to retire as CEO of the largest film production company in Scandinavia.
The producer launched the Danish film company in 1992 with director Lars von Trier and the company has made more than 70 features in that time, including Dancer In The Dark (2000), Dogville (2003), Melancholia (2011) and Nymphomaniac (2013), helping it become the largest film production company in Scandinavia.
Making the announcment, Aalbaek Jensen took the opportunity to highlight “our latest victories”.
”The Commune, A Conspiracy of Faith and soon The Day will Come will sell a total of more than 1.2 million tickets in Danish theatres during the first half of 2016,” he said. “On top of that Trine Dyrholm won the Silver Bear for her part in The Commune.”
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- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The Berlin International Film Festival continued to challenge expectations in its 66th edition, landing another auteur heavy competition line-up, albeit a slightly less sensational one than the landmark 2015 program. Although an attempt continues to be made to establish grand motifs between films in competition and the more experimental sidebars, topical issues seemed to be the name of the game across the board, particularly immigration. This culminated with this year’s Golden Bear winner, Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea, a documentary which was the clear early favorite and remained so up until the awards ceremony. Rosi has now won two major film festivals with his documentary work (previously taking home the top prize at Venice 2013 for Sacro Gra), and further solidifies an argument for the Cannes Film Festival to follow suit and allow documentary titles to play in the main competition. Berlin notably had two documentaries in the main competition this year, »
- Nicholas Bell
The Berlin International Film Festival has wrapped up for another year with the big awards handed out last night. Meryl Streep led this year's jury which handed over the top award of the Golden Bear to Gianfranco Rosi's refugee documentary "Fire At Sea".
That film explores the journey undertaken by immigrants from Africa, the Middle East and Asia as they risk their lives to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa - with ultimately the hope of making it to mainland Europe. It beat out the likes of Jeff Nichols' "Midnight Special," Vincent Perez's "Alone in Berlin," and Michael Grandage's "Genius".
The Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to Danis Tanovic's Bosnian drama "Death in Sarajevo" which follows a staff and guests of a hotel hosting an international diplomatic delegation. The Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize went to Lav Diaz's eight-hour Filipino drama film "A »
- Garth Franklin
We’re rounding up our coverage of Berlinale ’16 with a gallery of images from tonight’s winners press conference in the Grand Hyatt here in Berlin. It has been an absolute pleasure to be here for the past ten days at the Berlinale, which we agree is one of the best film festivals in the world.
You can check out a full list of the 2016 winners tonight over here, and our full coverage of Berlin 2016, over here.
So, until next year, Auf Wiedersehn…
The Winners Press Conference Gallery
Audi Short Film Award
Jin Zhi Xia Mao – Taiwan – Dir: Chiang Wei Liang
Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film)
Golden Bear for Best Short Film
Balada De Um Batráquio – Portugal – Dir: Leonor Teles
Best First Feature
Inhebbek Hedi – Tunisia/Belgium/France – Dir: Mohamed Ben Attia
Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution
- Paul Heath
Italian documentary Fuocoammare (Fire At Sea) has won the Golden Bear at this year's Berlinale. The film follows the struggle of refugees trying to reach safety on the island of Lampedusa. Director Gianfranco Rosi, who hails from Eritrea like many of the refugees themselves, said his deepest concern was for those who never made it across the sea.
The Silver Bear award went to Mia Hansen-Løve for L'Avenir, which is also showing at the Glasgow Film Festival. The prize for best Actor went to Majd Mastoura for Inhebbek Hedi, a Tunisian tale set in the aftermath of the Arab Spring demonstrations, while Best Actress went to Trine Dyrholm for Thomas Vinterberg's Kollektivet, a drama about life in a 1970s Danish commune.
The winners were selected by the International Jury, headed by Meryl Streep. »
- Jennie Kermode
The 66th Berlin Film Festival has come to a close, and the winners of this year’s top awards have been announced.
Meryl Streep and her interbational jury took to the stage at the Berlinale Palast to dish out the awards in front of a packed auditorium.
The Golden Bear went to the superb documentary Fire At Sea, which is directed by Gianfranco Rosi, an outstanding film from Italy and France that focuses on a Mediterranean island, just 20km in diameter that impressed very early on in this year’s festival. The Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to Danis Tanovic’s Death In Sarajevo.
Golden Bear winner Fire At Sea
In terms of the acting prizes, Clive Owen presented the Silver Bear for Best Actor to Majd Mastoura for Inhebbek Hedi, and Meryl Streep handed the Best Actress award to Trine Dyrholm for her performance in the outstanding The Commune. »
- Paul Heath
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