The Square nominated for Best European Comedy
Swedish films have snatched up the European Film Award for Best Comedy two years in a row. Last year, Hannes Holm's Oscar-nominated A Man Called Ove took home the award, while the prior year Roy Andersson's A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence won the highly-coveted prize. The EFAs are again upon us. Ruben Östlund's Palme d'Or-winning The Square has been nominated in the same category.
– How fantastic that a Palme d'Or winner is nominated in the Best Comedy category. I hope the entire Swedish film industry realises how utterly outstanding it is that Sweden could potentially bring home this prize for the third year in a row, stated The Square's producer, Erik Hemmendorff.
– What a joy that film humour is granted the space to mean so many different things. The audience at The Square's premiere in Cannes laughed a great deal, but all for different reasons. That speaks to the potential of film to strike at various levels, its potential to reach people from all corners of the globe. In other words, even Swedish humour can be universal, added the CEO of the Swedish Film Institute, Anna Serner.
The Square continues its victory parade in Sweden and abroad. The film had its French premiere last week, with over 100,000 tickets sold during the first five days. The US release is set for Friday 27 October, while the film is still being screened in cinemas across Sweden. Prizes continue pouring in for The Square, with the EFA nomination for Best Comedy being the latest for Östlund's Palme d'Or winner.
The European Film Academy
The European Film Academy, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, was formed after an initiative by a number of European filmmakers, with Ingmar Bergman at the helm, to advance the interests of European film. Bergman was the president of EFA until 1996. Currently Wim Wenders, the Academy's first chairman, holds this position, while Agnieszka Holland has assumed the role of Academy chairwoman. This past Friday, the European Film Academy awarded Hovs Hallar in Skåne, Sweden, where certain scenes of Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal were filmed, the title Treasure of European Film Culture. Learn more about this title here
Earlier it was announced that Swedish short Fight on a Swedish Beach by Simon Vahlne – which also competed at this year's Cannes – has been nominated for an EFA. An announcement will be made on 5 November regarding any additional EFA nominations for The Square, as well as if Amanda Kernell's Sami Blood and Joakim Demmer's documentary Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas are in with a chance to bring home the prestigious statues.
The event will be held in Berlin on 9 December. For more information on the EFA and the other films nominated in The Square's category visit: europeanfilmawards.eu
Published 26 October 2017