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COLOGNE, Germany -- The nominations for the 2007 European Film Awards held few surprises, with Stephen Frears' The Queen reigning over the best in European film with six nominations, including ones for best film and director.
Also in the running for the top prize of European Film 2007 are a bevy of festival favorites, including Cristian Mungiu's Cannes Palme d'Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days; Fatih Akin's cross-cultural drama The Edge of Heaven and Oliver Dahan's Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose, all of which received multiple EFA nominations.
Beat out in the best picture run but still attracting EFA nominations in the direction, acting and cinematography categories was the mystery thriller The Unknown, from Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore.
The makeup of the European Film Academy, whose 1,800 members vote for the EFAs, tends to favor productions from Western Europe, and this year's nominations attest to that.
With the notable exception of Mungiu's much-praised 4 Months, only two productions from Eastern or Central Europe made the cut: Banishment, from Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev, and the Serbian musical comedy Gucha, from Dusan Milic.
Another exception to the dominance of "old Europe" is the Israeli crowd-pleaser The Band's Visit, which picked up nominations in the European actor and European screenplay categories.
The only other multiple nominee at this year's EFAs is Tom Tykwer's European boxoffice hit Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, which received four nominations, including one in the best European actor section for newcomer Ben Whishaw. »
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