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German, Romanian Oscar Submissions Nominated for European Discovery Award

“When We Leave” and “If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle” in the running for European Film Academy’s award for first-time directors

Five films from first-time directors, including two that have been submitted to the Academy’s Foreign-Language Film competition, have been selected as nominees for the European Film Academy’s European Discovery Prix FIPRESCI.

The two Oscar submissions nominated for the award are the Romanian film “Eu Cand Vreau Sa Fluier, Fluier” (“If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle”), directed by Florin Serban, and the German drama “Die Fremde” (“When We Leave”), directed by Feo Aladag.

LebanonAlso nominated are Guiseppe Capatondi’s “La Doppia Ora” (“The Double Hour”), from Italy; Samuel Maoz’s “Lebanon” (left), an Israeli/German/French production set inside an Israeli tank and released in the United States by Sony Pictures Classics; and Ursula Antoniak’s “Nothing Personal,” from the Netherlands and Ireland.

Nominations were made by a five-member panel made up of members of the European Film Academy and FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. The 2,300 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the winner, which will be announced at the 23rd European Film Awards on December 4 in Tallin, Estonia.  

Previous winners of the award include Steve McQueen’s “Hunger,” Peter Strickland’s “Katalin Varga” and Eran Kolirin’s “The Band’s Visit.”