The Huffington Post reports that “Melancholia” is the film to beat at this year’s European Film Awards, which announced its nominated films Saturday at the Seville European Film Festival. The Lars von Trier film leads the pack with eight nominations including best film, best director, two best actress nods for Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg and best screenwriter. The film also stars Alexander Skarsgard, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, Udo Kier and Stellan Skarsgard.
Whether “Melancholia” will get as much love outside of Europe remains to be seen, when it opens in the U.S. in limited release on Nov. 11. The film, which follows a family’s moments before the end of the world, is a gorgeous, daring portrayal of human instincts, depression and death, played equally brilliantly by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Its originality is hard to come by these days, or ever, really, and we hope it receives similar recognition come Oscar season, barring any further von Trier gaffes.
The European Film Awards — which have honored the best of European cinema, directors, producers and actors every year since 1988 — have never shied away from honoring controversial directors. Last year, Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” swept the awards with six wins for best film, director, actor, screenwriter, composer and production designer.
Congratulations to Lars von Trier and all the other nominees! Alexander has said he is proud to have worked on this beautiful film and we feel it well deserves the recognition it’s receiving. BRAVO!
SOURCE: The Huffington Post
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