Six Documentaries Nominated for European Film Awards
A committee consisting of EFA Board Members Antonio Saura (producer, Spain) and Ada Solomon (producer, Romania), EFA Member Signe Byrge Sørensen (producer, Denmark), as well as documentary experts Claas Danielsen (Germany), Ally Derks (Netherlands) and Jacques Laurent (Belgium) decided on the following nominations:
“Just the Right Amount of Violence” (Denmark, 01:19:31). Written and directed by Jon Bang Carlsen, produced by Helle Ulsten and Jon Bang Carlsen. So-called “interventionists” enter suburban homes in the night and rip troubled teens from their beds to transport them, against their will, to a reform school in Utah.
“Master of the Universe” (Germany/Austria, 01:28:00). Directed by Marc Bauder, produced by Marc Bauder and Markus Glaser. Investment bankers are the real Masters of the Universe, not politicians, armies or even countries.
“Of Men and War” (France/Switzerland, 02:21:40). Written, directed and produced by Laurent Bécue-Renard. Anger consumes a dozen combat vets long after their return from the front as they attempt to make peace with themselves, their past, and their families.
“Sacro GRA” (Italy/France, 01:33:00). Directed by Gianfranco Rosi, written by Nicolo Bassetti, produced by Marco Visalberghi and Carole Solive. Rome’s giant ring road – the Grande Raccordo Anulare, or GRA – and the invisible worlds and possible futures harboured in this area of constant turmoil.
“Waiting for August” (Belgium, 01:22:00). Written and directed by Teodora Ana Mihai, produced by Hanne Phlypo and Antoine Vermeesch. During their mother’s absence, Georgiana has been catapulted into the role of head of the family, responsible for her six brothers and sisters in a social housing condo on the outskirts of Bacau, Romania.
“We Come as Friends” (Austria, 01:45:00). Written, directed and produced by Hubert Sauper. A science fiction-like odyssey in a home-made flying machine.
The European Film Awards ceremony will be held in Riga on the 13th of December, which has encouraged Latvian filmmakers to present Latvian cinema internationally in a most impressive way. During the month of December, the Riga International Film Festival will also include the Latvian National Film Festival “Lielais Kristaps 2014”, screenings of the films nominated for the European Film Awards and a retrospective of European films, a programme of Northern European children’s films, a special film programme of the festival “2Annas” and the festival’s events targeted at scriptwriters, as well as an extensive programme of lectures and creative workshops by the world’s leading film industry professionals, organised by the National Film Centre of Latvia. At the end of the year, foreign film professionals will be visiting Riga to meet with Latvian filmmakers and discuss new international joint projects.
On the 12th of December, the “Splendid Palace” cinema will host an event featuring the recipient of the European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award as a guest of honour. Ahead of the European Film Awards Ceremony, “Splendid Palace” has launched a new campaign, “European Film Ticket”, calling on every filmgoer to see three European films by the 30th November this year and win invitations to the special event at the cinema on the 12th of December. Further information about the rules of the campaign can be found at the website of “Splendid Palace”.
“Lattelecom”, the main co-operation partner of the “Riga 2014” Programme, will provide technical support during the European Film Awards Ceremony events. Free “Lattelecom” WiFi hotspots will be set up at the venues of the ceremony, whereas photographers will be offered “eDati” – a convenient and safe online data storage and exchange service.
The popular Latvian confectionery “Laima” has planned special presents for the artists nominated for the European Film Awards and guests of the ceremony, whereas “Audi” and “Volkswagen” are the official cars of the European Film Awards Ceremony. In the meantime, ERGO, the official insurer of “Riga 2014” events, will provide event cancellation insurance for the EFA events in Riga. This is a novelty for Latvia, and is meant to ensure that the filmgoers, participants and organisers of the events may feel safe that a given event will not be called off, and enjoy the occasion without worry. Car rental and leasing company “Sixt” is the European Film Awards’ official car rental partner in Latvia, providing transport for the organisers and guests of the ceremony.
The European Capital of Culture Programme of Riga is prepared and run by the “Riga 2014” foundation in collaboration with state, municipal and non-governmental cultural organisations and creative associations. The Programme is financed by the Riga City Council, Ministry of Culture and the European Commission.