Source: Toronto International Film Festival

‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’

The first 32 features up for the 2020 European Films Awards have been announced with a second wave of “pandemic year” titles due to be revealed in September.

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The titles include Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History Of David Copperfield and Viggo Mortensen’s Falling as well as Berlinale award-winners Undine, by Christian Petzold; Hidden Away, by Giorgio Diritti; Bad Tales, by the D’Innocenzo Brothers; Dau. Natasha, by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Jekaterina Oertel; and Delete History, by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern.

The European Film Academy has split the announcement in two for the first time to account for the Covid-19 outbreak, which saw cinemas closed around the world and the release of films postponed or pivoted online.

As previously announced, films that premiered online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible for the EFAs for the first time. This will allow the inclusion of films that would have premiered by May 31 – at a festival or cinema – but could not due to the virus crisis, provided they will premiere theatrically or online before the end of November.

Together, both parts will form the EFA Feature Film Selection, which are recommended for a nomination for the 33rd European Films Awards, due to take place on December 12 in Reykavik, Iceland.

In the coming weeks, more than 3,800 EFA members will screen the selected films and, after part two has been announced, vote for the nominations in the categories European film, director, actor, actress and screenwriter.

The nominations will be announced on November 7 at the Seville European Film Festival. An eight-member jury will decide on the award recipients for European cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, make-up and hair, original score, sound and visual effects.

EFA Feature Film Selection 2020 – Part 1

Adults In The Room (Fr-Gre)
Dir. Costa-Gavras

Atlantis (Ukr)
Dir. Valentyn Vasyanovich

Bad Tales (It-Swi)
Dirs. Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo

Berlin Alexanderplatz (Ger-Neth)
Dir. Burhan Qurbani

Between Heaven And Earth (Pal-Lux-Ice)
Dir. Najwa Najjar

Cat In The Wall (Bul-UK-Fr)
Dirs. Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova

Charlatan (Cze-Ire-Pol-Slo)
Dir. Agnieszka Holland

Charter (Swe-Den-Nor)
Dir. Amanda Kernell

Corpus Christi (Pol-Fr)
Dir. Jan Komasa

Dau. Natasha (Ger-Ukr-UK-Rus)
Dirs. Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Jekaterina Oertel

Delete History (Fr-Bel)
Dirs. Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern

Echo (Ice-Fr)
Dir. Rúnar Rúnarsson

Falling (UK-Can-Den)
Dir. Viggo Mortensen

Father (Serb-Ger-Fr-Cro-Slo-B&H)
Dir. Srdan Golubović

Final Report (Hun)
Dir. István Szabó

Hidden Away (It)
Dir. Giorgio Diritti

Hope (Nor-Swe)
Dir. Maria Sødahl

Let There Be Light (Slo-Cze)
Dir. Marko Škop

Martin Eden (It-Fra)
Dir. Pietro Marcello

Mother (Sp-Fr)
Dir. Rodrigo Sorogoyen

Motherland (Lith-Lat-Gre-Ger)
Dir. Tomas Vengris

My Little Sister (Swi)
Dirs. Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond

Persian Lessons (Rus-Ger-Bela)
Dir. Vadim Perelman

Servants (Slo-Rom-Cze-Ire)
Dir. Ivan Ostrochovský

The Endless Trench (Sp-Fr)
Dirs. Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga

The Painted Bird (Cze-Ukr-Slo)
Dir. Václav Marhoul

The Personal History Of David Copperfield (UK-US)
Dir. Armando Iannucci

The Platform (Sp)
Dir. Galder Gaztelu- Urrutia

Undine (Ger-Fr)
Dir. Christian Petzold

Uppercase Print (Rom)
Dir. Radu Jude

Vitalina Varela (Por)
Dir. Pedro Costa

Wildland (Den)
Dir. Jeanette Nordahl