“The Queen” leads the nominations for this year’s European Film Awards -- Europe’s equivalent of the Oscars -- with six mentions, including pic, director, actress (Helen Mirren) and screenwriter (Peter Morgan).
“The Queen” is a U.K.-France-Italy co-production.
Noms were announced Saturday at the Seville Film Festival.
The list of nominated films underscores deep contrasts in contempo European filmmaking in subject matter as well as movie budgets.
Other contenders for the pic prize are Kevin Macdonald’s “The Last King of Scotland,” with five nominations; and Romanian Cristian Mungiu’s abortion drama “4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days,” the Cannes Palme d’Or winner this year, with four noms.
Fatih Akin’s Germany-Turkey co-prod “The Edge of Heaven” snagged nominations for film, director and screenwriter (Akin), while Edith Piaf biopic “La Vie en rose,” from France’s Olivier Dahan, competes for pic and actress nods.
Unusually, an animated film, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s “Persepolis,” turning on the travails of girlhood in Iran, has also made the best pic shortlist.
Competing for the director plaudit, Frears, Macdonald, Mungiu and Akin face off against Italy’s Giuseppe Tornatore (“The Unknown”) and Sweden’s Roy Andersson (“You, the Living”).
France’s Michel Piccoli, nominated for his leading role in Manoel de Oliveira’s “Belle toujours,” contends for actor kudos with James McAvoy (“The Last King of Scotland”), Miki Manojlovic (“Irina Palm”), Elio Germano (“My Brother Is an Only Child”), Sasson Gabai (“The Band’s Visit”) and Ben Whishaw (“Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”).
Besides Mirren, candidates for actress are Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en rose”), Marianne Faithfull (“Irina Palm”), Carice Van Houten (“Black Book”), Anamaria Marinca (“4 Months”) and Ksenia Rappoport (“The Unknown”).
The winners of the 20th European Film Awards will be announced Dec. 1 in Berlin.
And the nominees are:
EUROPEAN FILM 2007
"4 luni, 3 spatamini si 2 zile" (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), Romania; directed by Cristian Mungiu; produced by Mobra Film SRL
"Auf der anderen seite" (The Edge of Heaven), Germany/Turkey; directed by Fatih Akin; produced by Corazón International GmbH & Co KG/Anka Film/Dorje Film/NDR
The Last King Of Scotland, UK; directed by Kevin Macdonald; produced by DNA Films
"La mome" (La Vie en Rose), France/Czech Republic/UK; directed by Olivier Dahan; produced by Légende/ TF1 International/TF1 Films Production/Okko; Production s.r.o./Songbird Pictures Ltd
"Persepolis", France; directed by Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud; produced by 2.4.7. Films/France 3 Cinéma/Diaphana Distribution/The; Kennedy/Marshall Company/Franche Connection Animations
"The Queen", UK/France/Italy; directed by Stephen Frears; produced by Granada/Pathé Renn/BIM Distribuzione
Fatih Akin for "Auf der anderen seite" (The Edge of Heaven)
Eran Kolirin for "Bikur hatizmoret" (The Band’s Visit)
Peter Morgan for "The Queen"
Cristian Mungiu for "4 luni, 3 spatamini si 2 zile" (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days)