Nominations are in for the 28th European Film Awards, with 88th Academy Awards rivals Rams (Iceland) and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Sweden) competing for Best Film. More than 3,000 EFA Members will now vote for the winner who will be announced on 12th December in Berlin.
Rams takes us to a secluded valley in Iceland where brothers Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. but have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi’s sheep, the entire valley comes under threat. The authorities decide to cull all the animals in the area to contain the outbreak. But Gummi and Kiddi don’t give up so easily – and each brother tries to stave off the disaster in his own fashion: Kiddi by using his rifle and Gummi by using his wits.
A Pigeon follows Sam and Jonathan, two traveling salesmen peddling novelty items, who take us on a kaleidoscopic wandering through human destiny. It is a journey that unveils the beauty of single moments, the pettiness of others, the humor and tragedy hidden within us, life s grandeur as well as the ultimate frailty of humanity. It is also nominated for Best Comedy, and director Roy Andersson is also nominated in the categories for Best Screenplay and Best Director.