EU Oscars: happy birthday, European cinema!

Article published on Nov. 30, 2007
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Article published on Nov. 30, 2007
Romania, Germany, Britain and France go neck-to-neck in the best film award category at the European Film Awards this December Next Saturday 1 December, the European Film Academy marks its twentieth anniversary in the city of , muse of , the German director who is also an academy founder.
In this edition of the annual 'European Oscars' (where the films are of a much higher quality than those from America), French cinema dominates nominations. British and German cinema are also well represented. is in the running to take the award for best film whilst Spanish cinema, however, makes a notable absence.

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A pre-party aperitive of some of the best film nominations – go and see them!

4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, Cristian Mungiu

4 Monate, 3 Wochen, 2 Tage (Foto: ©LFF)(Mungius' 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days; Photo: London Film Festival)

The film narrates the crude story of a young student who forced to have a secret abortion and the terrible price which she and a friend have to pay for it. Directed by Romanian , also nominated as best director and best scriptwriter, the film stands tall with a total of four nominations. It has already sweeped 'Best Film of the Year' in the 2007 Cannes Palme d'Or and the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) prize

Cristian Mungiu

The Edge of Heaven', Fatih Akin

(Foto, ©Kerstin Stelter/corazón international)(Photo: Kerstin Stelter; corazón international)

The latest film from the 'Head-On' director is perhaps the most European of all the nominations. It's a story of the fragile lives and deaths of six people over six emotional journeys until they reach forgiveness and the reconciliation between and , the director's homelands


The Last King of Scotland, Kevin MacDonald

The third film nominated for the prize traces the adventure of a young Scot medicine graduate, who goes to and ends up becoming the personal doctor of the unbalanced and genocide dictator , who terrorised his country for many years. A true journey into the heart of man

UgandaIdi Amin

La Vie En Rose, Olivier Dahan

The touching story of French singer Edith Piaf, famous for her warbling 'La Vie En Rose', and how she became the voice of France. The film is sensitive and heart-rending, touching the same notes as her voice did.


The second French film in the nominations for this category is miles apart from the first. The much more original is one of the favourites to win, telling the story of a young Iranian rebel who listens to Iron Maiden whilst the Islamic regime takes over her country and suppresses her people. Sent to Europe, the young girl discoveres freedom for herself. It could be the first animated film to sweep this prize and it deserves it – don't miss it


The Queen, Stephen Frears

The final nomination is perhaps the best production in terms of team-players. The 'High-Fidelity' director reflects the absurd world of protocol, tradition and the behaviour of the English royal family after was killed in 1997

Princess Diana

Translated by: Nabeelah Shabbir