In 1988, when the Berlin Wall still divided the city, a group of prestigious European filmmakers – members of the European Film Academy – joined forces to defend independent European cinema. They created the European Film Awards which each year nominates the best European film, actor, actress, director, etc.
More than 30 years later, the European Film Awards have become part of the cinematic landscape. Here’s a quick look at the main contenders tipped to walk away with the coveted prizes.
The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos
Top of the list is The Favourite directed by Greek Yorgos Lanthimos. It’s a British production with a top drawer female cast including Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz. And the extraordinary Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in a role that has already earned her this year’s Oscar for Best Actress. The film is a comedy-drama about the power games between two women locked in a battle to become Queen Anne’s favourite lady-in-waiting.
The Traitor, Marco Bellocchio
The Traitor by one of the last masters of Italian cinema, Marco Bellocchio, has four nominations including Best Film and Best Director. It has also received a Best Actor nomination for Pierfrancesco Favino for his breathtaking performance as Tommaso Buscetta. The Traitor is the true story of the first mobster to break the code of silence surrounding the Cosa Nostra by denouncing his accomplices in the mid-1980s.
J’accuse, Roman Polanski
Roman Polalnski’s _J_‘accuse is hotly tipped to win an award, but looks likely to suffer from the controversy surrounding the director’s rape conviction. Jean Dujardin, who already has an Oscar for The Artist, is one of the favourites for the Best Actor award. The film meticulously returns to the era of the Dreyfus Affair, which divided France at the beginning of the 20th century over the question of anti-Semitism.