Lamb, Promising young woman and Pleasure are among the six films nominated for the 2021 Discovery Award – Fipresci Award, which will be awarded to a director for a first feature film on December 11 as part of the European Film Awards.
The beginnings of Vladimir Johannsson Lamb created in Cannes and follows a childless couple who discovers a strange newborn on their farm and adopts the baby as theirs. It just set a record in the United States, where it grossed over $ 1 million in its opening weekend, a first ever record for an Icelandic film.
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Emerald Fennell’s first feature film Promising young woman, which stars Carey Mulligan as a young woman eager for revenge after a friend’s rape, premiered at Sundance in 2020 and won an Oscar for Best Screenplay and two Baftas, again for Best Screenplay and the Outstanding British Film.
Ninja Thyberg’s first feature film Pleasure, which tells the story of a newcomer sailing in the porn industry, was born from a short film of the same name at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where he won the Canal + Prize. It was an official selection at the Cannes canceled last year and received its world premiere in person at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.
Nominations for the Fipresci Prize were determined by a committee made up of members of the Board of Directors of the European Film Academy as representatives of Fipresci, the International Federation of Film Critics.
Last year, the prize was awarded to Unique, an Italian and Polish co-production, directed by Carlo Sironi.
Discovery 2021 – Nominated for the Fipresci Awards
Director: Dea Kulumbegashvili (Fr-Geo)
Director: Valdimar Jóhansson
Director: Laura Wandel
Director: Ninja Thyberg
Promising young woman (US-UK)
Director: Emerald Fennell
The whaling boy (Rus-Pol-Bel)
Director: Philipp Yuryev