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Antoniak, Maoz, Aladag, Serban and Capotondi Vying for EFA Discovery Award

Completing the five noms, there’s Florin Serban’s Berlin Film Festival-winning If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Film Movement) along with Germany’s Feo Aladag’s When We Leave (Olive Films) and overwhelming 2009 Locarno winning favorite in Urszula Antoniak’s Nothing Personal (Olive Films).

The European Film Academy have announced this year’s nominations for the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY – Prix FIPRESCI, an award presented annually as part of the European Film Awards (23rd edition) to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film, and leading the pack we have the front-runner and more known Venice winning title of 2009 in Samuel Maoz’s Lebanon (an Israel/Germany/France co-production) and also from Venice of the same year, Giuseppe Capotondi’s La doppia ora (The Double Hour). Completing the five noms, there’s Florin Serban’s Berlin Film Festival-winning If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Film Movement) along with Germany’s Feo Aladag’s When We Leave (Olive Films) and overwhelming 2009 Locarno winning favorite in Urszula Antoniak’s Nothing Personal (Olive Films) – see pic above.

Here are the trailers for the five nominated films – the winner will be announced on 4 December in Tallinn/Estonia.

La doppia ora (The Double Hour) – Giuseppe Capotondi 

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle –  Florin Serban 

Die Fremde (When We Leave) – Feo Aladag 

Lebanon – Samuel Maoz

Nothing Personal – Urszula Antoniak

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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