European Film Awards Led by ‘Toni Erdmann’
Art and Experience: The European Film Academy — more than 3,000 filmmakers across Europe – voted for this year’s European Film Awards. At the 29th EFAs ceremony on Saturday in Wroclaw, Poland, in a major rebuke to the Cannes competition jury that snubbed German director Maren Ade’s three-hour father-daughter comedy “Toni Erdmann,” her country’s foreign Oscar selection took home five top awards: Best European Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor, and Actress. The awards ceremony is hosted by different countries each year.
Three Scandinavian Oscar entries: “A Man Called Ove” (Sweden), “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki” (Finland), and “Land of Mine” (Denmark) won awards, along with Oscar submissions from Italy (documentary “Fire at Sea”) and Switzerland (animated film “My Life as a Zucchini”). Andrzej Wajda, whose film “Afterimage” is Poland’s official Oscar entry, won an honorary award.
The U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences members participating in the foreign-language voting (who have seen a required number of films) submit their final ballots on December 12. After that a special committee appointed by Oscar foreign czar Mark Johnson will add three to the six highest vote-getters to obtain a shortlist of nine. Then another select group will vote for the final five to be announced on nominations morning January 24.