Last updated on September 2, 2019
Ahead of this award ceremony Wim Winders, the President of the European Film Academy talked to Euronews, looking back at the yearly event that started in 1988.
“From the start, we never needed to do a series where we showed off and said, “And the winner is…” We wanted to pay tribute to the nominees and celebrate the whole of European theatre,” Winders said.
This year’s leading favourites are ruled by films that won in Cannes, such as Pawel Pawlikowski’s”Cold War”. The 1950s-set love story, taken in black and white, leads the pack with five nominations for best picture, best director, best actress and actor and best screenwriter.
Italian play”Dogman is nominated in four categories, including best picture and best director. The narrative centres on dog groomer and petty drug dealer, Marcello Fonte. Who ends up being terrorised by a violent stunt.
Hindi fantasy movie”Border” led by Ali Abbasi also includes four nominations. The narrative focuses on a customs officer, performed by Eva Melander, with an uncommon ability to discover contraband.
Another Italian movie, one of the leading runners is”Joyful as Lazzaro”. It tells the story of a meeting involving a young peasant and nobleman.
“Girl,” a Belgian drama about a transgender teenager who dreams of being a ballet dancer is nominated for the best picture award. Samuel Maoz also has the opportunity to pick up the best director, gong, because of his contentious war play Foxtrot.
Elsewhere, English actor Ralph Fiennes, who starred in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 epic” Schindler’s List” and”The English Patient””The Reader” and”The Grand Budapest Hotel” will be honoured for this season’s European Achievement in World Cinema award, while Spanish actress Carmen Maura, renowned for its movies she’s produced with Pedro Almodovar, can also be set to get a Lifetime Achievement Award.