Eero Milonoff and Eva Melander in Border. Photo (c) TriArt Film

Numerous nominations for Swedish films at EFA

When nominations for the European Film Awards (EFA) were announced at a ceremony in Seville, Swedish films swept up an awe-inspiring seven nominations. Border and Borg/McEnroe came out in the lead, the prior securing four and the latter two nominations.

Border was nominated in four categories: Best Film, Best Director (Ali Abbasi), Best Actress (Eva Melander) and Best Screenwriter (Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf and John Ajvide Lindqvist, the latter having also penned the short story on which the film is based). These nominations are another positive advance on the winning trail for Border, which had its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Prix Un Certain Regard, in addition to a prize for Sound Creation. The film was also awarded the Norwegian Film Critics Award at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund this summer, and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this autumn. Border was also selected as Sweden’s Oscar entry.

Borg/McEnroe was nominated in two categories: Best Actor (Sverrir Gudnason) and for the People’s Choice Award. Last year, Borg/McEnroe – directed by Janus Metz, written by Ronnie Sandahl – became the first-ever Swedish film to open the Toronto International Film Festival. At the Swedish Guldbagge Awards earlier this year, the film secured 10 nominations and walked away with two awards.

Bergman: A Year in a Life has been nominated for Best Documentary. Jane Magnusson’s documentary had its global premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and an extended version of the film will be aired on Swedish television (SVT) later this year.

In addition, the CEO of the Swedish Film Institute – Anna Serner – will feature as a keynote speaker at this year’s EFA ceremony.

Besides the abovementioned, a few additional Swedish entrances received EFA nominations. Swedish director Gustav Möller’s Danish drama The Guilty (also Denmark’s Oscar entry) has been nominated for Best Screenwriter, as well as for the Prix FIPRESCI for Best Debut Film. The film’s leading role is played by Jakob Cedergren, also nominated for Best Actor. Danish-Finnish-Swedish co-production The Distant Barking of Dogs was nominated for Best Documentary.

Sweden brought home six statues from last year’s EFA, all awarded to Ruben Östlund’s The Square.

This year’s winners will be announced on Saturday the 15th of December, when the European Film Awards ceremony will be held in Seville, Spain.