BERLIN: Two documentaries from CEE territories landed 2019 European Film Academy Nominations: Honeyland by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska, and Putin’s Witness by Vitaly Mansky.
The North Macedonian film Honeyland has raked in at least 20 awards from festivals on six continents. The film about the last female wild bee keeper in Europe, whose life and work is upended by the arrival of a large immigrant family, was produced by Trice Films and Apollo Media, and is North Macedonia’s entry for the Oscars.
Putin’s Witnesses is a coproduction between Latvia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, produced by Latvia’s Studio Vertov and coproduced by Golden Egg Production (Switzerland) and Hypermarket Film (Czech Republic). The film, which looks at Putin’s rise to power, won Best Documentary at the Karlovy Vary IFF.
Georgian actor Levan Gelbakhiani has been nominated for Best Actor Award 2019 for his role in the Swedish production And Then We Danced.
The winners will be selected by the 3,600 members of the EFA. The EFA awards ceremony will be held on 7 December 2019 in Berlin.
The complete list of nominations is available on the website of EFA.
Anca Damian’s Romanian/French/Belgian coproduction Marona’s Fantastic Tale has also been nominated in the Best European Animated Film category - see HERE.
The Romanian/Spanish coproduction The Christmas Gift / Cadoul d Craciun by Bogdan Muresanu and Jiri Havlicek's and Ondrej Novak’s Czech film Reconstruction / Rekonstrukce are among the five films nominated in the Best Short Film category - see HERE.