THE SQUARE tops the European Film Nominations

The European Film Academy has announced the nominees for this year’s European Film Awards, with Swedish film The Square [+]  having the most nominations, including Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor and Comedy.

The Square, which is directed by Ruben Östlund [+], won this year’s top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d’Or.  The film follows Christian, who is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

Other Nordic films on the nomination list include Aki Kaurismäki’s [+] The Other Side of Hope [+] for Film and Director, and Thomas Vinterberg’s [+] The Commune [+] for People’s Choice.

The awards ceremony will take place in Berlin on the 9th of December. You can view the full list of nominees at Cineuropa.


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.