Five Films nominated for EUFA 2020
Based on the lists of 38 feature films and 13 documentaries from the European Film Award Selections 2020, five films were nominated for the 5th European University Film Award.
The nominated films will be viewed and discussed in 25 universities in 25 countries and each institution will select its favourite film. In early December, one student representative from each university will attend a three-day digital deliberation meeting to decide on the overall winner. The winner will then be announced on 10 December, shortly before this year's EFA Ceremony on 12 December.
The 5th European University Film Award is funded by the Minister of State for Culture and the Media
Triangle of Sadness
An uninhibited satire where roles and class are inverted and the tawdry economic value of beauty is unveiled. Models Carl and Yaya are navigating the world of fashion while exploring the boundaries of their relationship. The couple are invited for a luxury cruise with a rogues’ gallery of super-rich passengers, a Russian oligarch, British arms dealers and an idiosyncratic, alcoholic, Marx-quoting captain. At first, all appears Instagrammable. But a storm is brewing, and heavy seasickness hits the passengers during the seven-course captain’s dinner. The cruise ends catastrophically. Carl and Yaya find themselves marooned on a desert island with a group of billionaires and one of the ship’s cleaners. Hierarchy is suddenly flipped upside down, as the housekeeper is the only one who knows how to fish.
The intense friendship between two thirteen-year old boys Leo and Remi suddenly gets disrupted. Struggling to understand what has happened, Leo approaches Sophie, Remi's mother. CLOSE is a film about friendship and responsibility. "CLOSE is a film about connection, friendship and the loss thereof. During my puberty I started to distance myself more and more from my male friends because I was afraid of labels. As a consequence, I missed out on some profound relationships. According to Niobe Way, an American psychologist, there's a crisis of connection connected with masculinity. Boys from a young age are taught to not value the close and fragile connection with other boys and their own emotional worlds as much as they should. In a culture filled with toxic masculine precedents, I wanted to make a film about the loss of tenderness." (Lukas Dhont)
On August 11, 1999, while the world celebrated, most of Serbia’s population barricaded themselves in their homes and nuclear bunkers, in fear of the lunar shadow. Using this event as a metaphor for nation’s unclean conscience about the consequences of its political choices, in this essay documentary director confronts her country’s wartime and criminal past, and the evil that is still on the loose today.
EO, a grey donkey with melancholic eyes and a curious spirit, begins his life as a circus performer before escaping on a trek across the Polish and Italian countryside in a journey marked by absurdity and warmth in equal measure. Legendary filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski directs one of his most free and visually inventive films yet, placing the viewer directly in the heart and mind of the four-legged protagonist.