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Dec 09 2017

European Film Awards - Much Love to "The Square"

by Nathaniel R

The annual European Film Awards have logged many frequent flyer miles over the years as they hop around to various host countries.Today they were held in Berlin Germany and multiple Oscar hopefuls in Best Foreign Language Film took home prizes.The Cannes Palme d'Or winnerThe Squarewon the most statues and Hungary's Alexandra Borbely who stars in the weirdly compellingOn Body and Soul(reviewed here) took Best Actress.You can see all the winners after the jump...

The EFA awards are considered a bellwether of sorts for Oscar's Foreign Film race (since many of the competing films are their countries submissions for the Oscar.Oscar will narrow down their very long eligibility list (92 films from all over the world) to 9 films this week from which 5 will be selected as nominees.We say this every year at this time but we won't stop saying it: they'd do well to make their numbers more consistent between categories.Why not 15 finalists like documentaries or 10 like shorts?Shouldn't all categories which end with 5 nominees but begin with a two part winnowing process like this reduce to the same amount of finalists before the actual nomination vote?Let's get some consistency in their Academy.Your consistency made you an institution in numerous other ways.

The winners of the 2017 European Film Awards are...






  • François OzonforFrantz
  • Oleg Negin & Andrey Zvyagintsev forLoveless
  • Ildiko Enyedi forOn Body and Soul
  • Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthimis Filippou forKilling of a Sacred Deer
  • Ruben Ostlund forThe Square


  • King of the Belgians- Belgium
  • The Square- Sweden ★
  • Vincent at the End of the World- Belgium
  • Welcome to Germany- Germany


  • Bloody Milk- France
  • Godless- France
  • Lady Macbeth- UK ★
  • Summer 1993- Spain
  • The Eremites- Germany


  • Austerlitz- Germany
  • Communion- Poland ★
  • La Chana- Spain
  • Stranger in Paradise- The Netherlands
  • The Good Postman- Bulgaria


  • Ethel & Ernest- UK / Luxembourg
  • Louise by the Shore- France / Canada
  • Loving Vincent-  Poland / UK  ★
  • Zombillenium- France / Belgium

Ethel & ErnestandLoving Vincentare both eligible for the Animated Feature Oscar this year.Loving Vincent has been doing very well for itself in precursors despite what seemed,at least to these eyes,like mixed feelings about it.Is it a threat to the Animated Feature Oscar or will it be a surprise snub given their past feelings about rotoscoping?


  • Copa-Loca - Greece
  • En La Boca - Switzerland / Argentina
  • Fight on a Swedish Beach - Sweden
  • Information Skies - The Netherlands
  • Love - Hungary / France
  • The Artificial Humors - Portugal
  • The Circle - Turkey
  • The Disinherited - Spain
  • The Party - Ireland
  • Timecode - Spain  ★
  • Ugly - Germany
  • Wannabe -Austria / Germany
  • Written / Unwritten - Romania
  • You Will Be Fine - France
  • Young Men At Their Window - France

Timecode,the winner here,was nominated for an Oscar last season,losing toSing


  • PEOPLE'S CHOICEStefan Zweig,Farewell to Europe
  • EDITOR Robin Campillo,BPM (Beats Per Minute)
  • SCORE Loveless ★
  • PRODUCTION DESIGNER Josefin Asberg,The Square
  • COSTUME DESIGNER Katarzyna Lewinska,Spoor
  • MAKEUP ARTIST Leendert van Nimwegen,Brimstone
  • SOUND DESIGN Oriol Tarrago,A Monster Calls
  • EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION Cedomir Kolar,Croatia  ★
  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Alekandr Sokurov,Russia  ★

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Reader Comments (8)

I just don't see the Oscar voters loving The Square.Remember last year with Toni Erdmann?It will get nominated,sure,but do you see it winning?Maybe I'm wrong because I don't love it (too long = ends repeating itself).I'll admit it has one the best sequences of the year,tough.

December 9,2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I think the sheer ambition of Loving Vincent is carrying it to a lot of attention.I know the plot isn't the strongest element,but imagine how easily recreating van Gogh's art style for the entirety of a feature film could have gone wrong.The film is stunning to look at.

Similarly,the animation category has pretty consistently had a incredibly beautiful if also pretty damn thin nominee quite often (Corpse Bride comes to mind,as well as my beloved Triplets of Belleville and Tale of Princess Kaguya).These are like "most animated"nominees,similar to the "most makeup"or "most costumes"nominees (or even "loudest"as the criteria for Sound Mixing/Editing for so many years).They're not bad,but they're being touted as excellent for the physical quality of the craft rather than the narrative elements.

December 9,2017 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

Robert G -- that's a great point.I can totally see that.

December 9,2017 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

It's the collective force of the intense feelings all the 100+ artists who worked on "Loving Vincent"and thought about it everyday for years,that knocked me over with a wave of their love and commitment.

Usually,you get kind of a sense of the personalities who've worked on a film,but it's kind of a secondary thing.

Here the artists are so present,it's like standing in a room full of Van Gogh's very vocal and very intense friends.How often do we get any kind of movie with such a concerted,committed,talented group effort over years?

December 9,2017 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Surprise to see Agnes Varda's Faces Places missing a nom in Documentary?It seems to hav a rather gd chance o winning at the Oscars.亚博主页

December 9,2017 | Unregistered CommenterClaran

Surprised not to seeFaces Placesin the nominees' list too.It was well received in this year's Cannes.But then there are many sides to Europe more than Cannes.

But Claes Bang's win here might -- justmight-- be a surprise Oscar nominee.One can hope.

Along with Daniela Vega and Eili Harboe (Thelma),Bang is one of the best this year.

December 10,2017 | Unregistered CommenterOwl

I'm seeing On Body and Soul on Tuesday at the AFI EU Film Festival!Now,I can't wait to see it!

December 10,2017 | Unregistered CommenterCharlieG

@Peggy Sue - I liked but didn't love The Square.What's the sequence you're referring to?

December 11,2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

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