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Madrid — Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited!”, Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina,” Francois Ozon’s “In the House” and Joachim Ronning and Espen Sanberg’s Oscar-nommed “Kon-Tiki” square off among 46 films for the 26th European Film Academy Awards in one of the most-open Efa races in years.

Glaringly absent from the long-list of recommended Efa contenders is Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Adele: Chapters 1 & 2″ which, like big Cannes winners before it – think Michael Haneke’s “Amour” and “The White Ribbon” and Matteo Garrone’s “Gomorra” – would have been heads-on favorite in many pundits eyes to have scooped a bevy of top Efa plaudits.

While “Adele” was eligible for contention, having played a big festival between July 1 2012 and July 1 this year, rights-holder Wild Bunch was reluctant, because of piracy concerns, to make VOD and DVD copies available to Efa members on an eagerly title which has yet to roll out commercially across Europe, »


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