Ukrainian film about Donbas Atlantis directed by Valentyn Vasyanovych became a potential nominee for the European Film Academy Award (EFA). At the moment, there are 32 contenders in the long list, Arthouse Traffic reports.
The prize of the European Film Academy has been awarded since 1988 and is a European analogue of the Oscar. Last year, European Film Awards’ long list included Ukrainian film Homeward of Nariman Aliev.
This year, the European Film Awards are held in two stages for the first time. The final list of nominees will be announced on November 7, two days after the Ukrainian premiere of Atlantis. The film will be released in Ukraine on November 5.
“In the coming weeks, the over 3,800 members of the European Film Academy will screen the selected films and, after part 2 has been announced, vote for the nominations in the categories European Film, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenwriter. The nominations will then be announced on 7 November at the Seville European Film Festival in Spain. An 8-member jury will decide on the award recipients in the categories European Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Make-up & Hair, Original Score, Sound and Visual Effects,” the EFA website reported.
The 33rd European Film Awards with the presentation of the winners will take place on 12 December in Reykjavik.
The events of the film unfold in 2025, after the future victory of Ukraine in the war with Russia. The occupied Donbas has been returned to the country, but its territories have been declared uninhabitable. However, against the background of devastation, a new love is born.
All the roles in the film were played by non-professional actors - a former spy, a volunteer of the charity fund helping the army “Come back alive” Andriy Rymaruk, paramedic Lyudmyla Bileka and volunteer Vasyl Antonyak.