‘Life in a Fishbowl’ and ‘Of Horses and Men’ among the 50 films on the European Film Academy’s selection list for the European Film Awards

The European Film Academy has announced the titles of the 50 films on this year’s selection list – the list of films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2014. Among them are Life in a Fishbowl, directed by Baldvin Z, and Of Horses and Men, directed by Benedikt Erlingsson.

Life in a Fishbowl tells three different tales of three different people, all of whom end up having a lasting effect on one another. Twenty years after a horrible personal tragedy, a middle-aged writer still drinks himself into oblivion every day. A young single mom moonlights as a prostitute to make ends meet. A former soccer star is recruited into the snake pit of international banking and loses touch with his family.

Life in a Fishbowl had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014. The film has received good reviews and an all-round positive reception from the public, both at the festival and in cinemas in Iceland.

Of Horses and Men is a country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Love and death become interlaced and with immense consequences. The fortunes of the people in the country through the horses’ perception.

Since premiering a year ago, Of Horses and Men has had a long international journey, having already taken part in more than 50 festivals and receiving 16 awards, including director awards at San Sebastián International Film Festival and Tokyo International Film Festival.

A total of 31 European countries are represented. In the 20 countries with the most EFA Members, these members have voted one national film directly into the selection list. To complete the list, a selection committee consisting of EFA Board Members and invited experts have included further films.

In the coming weeks, over 3000 EFA members will vote for the nominations in the categories European Film, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenwriter. The nominations will then be announced on November 8 at the Seville European Film Festival in Spain.

A seven-member jury will decide on the awards recipients in the categories European Cinematographer, Editor, Production Designer, Costume Designer, Composer and Sound Designer.

The 27th European Film Awards will take place in Riga, Latvia on December 13.

via the Icelandic Film Centre

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.