Due to the pandemic and related restrictions, the European Film Academy and EFA Productions have decided to announce the productions eligible for two-part nomination. The second part of the titles will be announced in September.
Films that have premiered by 31 May 2020, either at a festival or in cinemas, but which have not been released due to the health crisis, will also be included, provided they are presented online or in cinema before the end of November 2020.
The productions announced in the two parts will be part of the EFA Feature Film Selection, a list recommended for the selection of nominations, according to news.ro.
The films were chosen by a committee made up of the EFA Governing Board and invited experts.
In the coming weeks, the over 3,800 members of the Academy will watch the selected films and vote for the nominations for the categories: European film, European director, European actor, European actress and screenwriter.
The nominations will be announced on November 7, at the European Film Festival in Seville.
An eight-member jury will decide the winners of the categories: image, editing, set design, costumes, makeup / hairstyle, soundtrack, sound and visual effects.
The 33rd European Film Academy Awards Gala will take place on December 12 in Reykjavik.
Among the first titles selected are productions from countries such as Spain, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland, France and the United Kingdom.
“Typographic Capital”, the seventh feature film directed by Radu Jude, had its international premiere on February 22, at the Berlinale.
The film presents a case of rebellion against the communist regime in the early 1980s in Botosani. Interspersed, tens of minutes of images from the Romanian Television Archive. Excerpts from the varieties of the time, from reports, from Nicolae Ceausescu’s visits, images with “hawks”, “pioneers” and housewives from Bucharest, ready to give up the last piece of comfort to support the country’s economy.
The feature film connects, through the editing technique, two stories and two stories. One is the real story of the teenager Mugur Călinescu, who, in 1981, wrote on chalk walls a series of texts against the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu. The second is the official story of Romania: images from the National Television archive, from the same period. The cast includes the actors Şerban Lazarovici, Bogdan Zamfir, Ioana Iacob, Şerban Pavlu and Gabriel Spahiu.
„Servants“ is a production Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, Ireland, written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Marek Leščák and Ivan Ostrochovský. The cast includes Vlad Ivanov, Martin Sulík and Milan Mikulcík.
The action is set in 1980. At the heart of the story are two students at a theological seminary in Czechoslovakia who must decide whether to choose an easier way to cooperate or whether to become a subject of Security surveillance.
Designated films include “Corpus Christi” (Poland, France), by Jan Komasa, “Madre” (Spain, France), by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, “The Personal History of David Copperfield” (UK, USA), by Armando Iannucci, and “Vitalina Varela” (Portugal), by Pedro Costa.