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FIVE DEBUT FILMS NOMINATED FOR EFA DISCOVERY AWARD

Press releases 2009-09-29

At the Zurich Film Festival, the European Film Academy has announced
this year's nominations for the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY, an award presented
annually as part of the European Film Awards to a young and upcoming
director for a first full-length feature film. This year's nominations
were determined by a committee comprised of Board Members Pawel
Pawlikowski (UK), Els Vandevorst (the Netherlands) and Pierre-Henri
Deleau (France), Jacob Neiiendam (director of the film festival CPH:PIX,
Denmark), as well as film journalists Dana Linssen (the Netherlands) and
Alin Taciyan (Turkey), both of them members of FIPRESCI (International
Federation of Film Critics). On invitation by the festival, the
committee met in Zurich and decided on the following nominations.

_NOMINATED ARE:_

*AJAMI*, Germany / Israel
written & directed by Scandar Copti & Yaron Shani
produced by Mosh Danon, Thanassis Karathanos & Talia Kleinhendler

*GAGMA NAPIRI (The Other Bank)*, Georgia / Kazakhstan
directed by George Ovashvili
written by Nugzar Shataidze
produced by George Ohashvili & Sain Gabdullin

*KATALIN VARGA*, Romania / UK / Hungary
Written & directed by Peter Strickland
produced by Tudor Giurgiu, Oana Giurgiu & Peter Strickland

*SOIS SAGE (BE GOOD),* France / Denmark
written & directed by Juliette Garcias
produced by Marianne Slot

*SONBAHAR* (Autumn), Turkey / Germany
written & directed Özcan Alper
produced by F. Serkan Acar & Kadir Sözen

The nominated films will now be made available to all 2,000 members of
the European Film Academy. They will vote for the winner who will be
announced at the 22nd European Film Awards on 12 December in Germany's
Ruhr Metropolis.

/Zurich// and //Berlin//, //29 September 2009
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Pascal Edelmann
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EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY e.V.
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THE 22nd EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS:
Ruhr Metropolis/Germany, 12 Dec 2009

The European Film Awards 2009 are presented by the European Film Academy
e.V. and EFA Productions gGmbH with the support of the Minister
President and the Minister for Federal and European Affairs and the
Media of North Rhine-Westphalia, Filmstiftung NRW, RUHR.2010, the German
State Minister for Culture and the Media, the MEDIA Programme of the EU,
FFA German Federal Film Board, and TNT Express.

PATRONS: CENTRO NIEMEYER * CINECITTŔ LUCE S.p.A. * DANISH FILM INSTITUTE
* EGEDA * ERNST & YOUNG GMBH * EURIMAGES * FUNDAÇĂO CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN
* ICA - INSTITUTO DO CINEMA E DO AUDIOVISUAL * KORDA STUDIOS * MALTA
FILM COMMISSION * MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND CULTURE OF CYPRUS (CULTURAL
SERVICES) * POLISH FILM INSTITUTE * PROKINO * SEVILLE EUROPEAN FILM
FESTIVAL, A PROJECT OF ICAS, ORGANISED BY ANDALUCIA FILM COMMISSION AND
SPONSORED BY EMASESA * AB SVENSK FILMINDUSTRI * SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE *
TELEWIZJA POLSKA S.A. (TVP) * UGC CINE CITE SAS * ZENTROPA PRODUCTIONS *///