Pirates Sets Sail For European Film Awards

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Euro­pean Film Awards

Aard­man Ani­ma­tions / Sony Pic­tures fea­ture The Pirates! Band of Mis­fits is the odds on favorite in this years Euro­pean Film Awards (EFA) com­pe­ti­tion. But is is not all clear sail­ing for the hit clay­ma­tion film. It is up against Igna­cio Fer­reras and his film Arru­gas (Wrin­kles) from Spain, and the Czech entry Alois Nebel from direc­tor Tomás Lunák.

The Euro­pean Film Awards are awarded annu­ally by the Euro­pean Film Acad­emy. The win­ner will be announced at the 25th Euro­pean Film Awards Cer­e­mony in Malta on Sat­ur­day, Decem­ber 1. The three nom­i­nees were selected from a pool of over 2700 entries.

The Pirates! Band of Mis­fits is far and away the most suc­cess­ful of the three entries, hav­ing earned well over 120 mil­lion in it;s release. The other two fea­tures made a frac­tion of that, combined.

But com­mer­cial suc­cess does not insure a win. The Euro­pean Film Acad­emy– Europes  equiv­a­lent of the Acad­emy Awards– often favor films deemed more artis­ti­cally wor­thy over audi­ence favorites. Last year, for exam­ple, the Best Euro­pean Film honor went to Lars von Trier’s Melan­cho­lia, not the global box office smash — and Oscar Best Pic­ture win­ner — The King’s Speech.

Arru­gas (Wrin­kles) has already won Spain’s Goya for best ani­mated film and was nom­i­nated for best fea­ture at this year’s pres­ti­gious Arnie Awards in Los Ange­les. Based on Paco Roca’s comic of the same title (2008 Span­ish National Comic Prize), Arru­gas (Wrin­kles) is a 2D ani­mated feature-length film for an adult audi­ence. Arru­gas por­trays the friend­ship between Emilio and Miguel, two aged gen­tle­men shut away in a care home. Recent arrival Emilio, in the early stages of Alzheimer, is helped by Miguel and col­leagues to avoid end­ing up on the feared top floor of the care home, also known as the lost causes or “assisted” floor. Their wild plan infuses their oth­er­wise tedious day-to-day with humor and ten­der­ness, because although for some their lives are com­ing to an end, for them it is just a new beginning.

Alois Nebel also has it’s share of awards, havin won three Czech Film Acad­emy Lions: for art direc­tion, music and sound. The film tells the tale of Alois Nebel, who works as a dis­patcher at the small rail­way sta­tion in Bílý Potok, a remote vil­lage on the Czech-Polish bor­der. He’s a loner, who prefers old timeta­bles to peo­ple, and he finds the lone­li­ness of the sta­tion tran­quil– except when the fog rolls in. Then he hal­lu­ci­nates, sees trains from the last hun­dred years pass through the sta­tion. They bring ghosts and shad­ows from the dark past of Cen­tral Europe. Alois can’t get rid of these night­mares and even­tu­ally ends up in a sanatorium.

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