ÖSTERREICHISCHER FILMPREIS 2021 – THE NOMINATIONS

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Today, Thursday, April 29, the nominations for the prestigious Österreichischer Filmpreis 2021, one of the most important film awards in Austria, were announced. The award ceremony was supposed to take place at the end of January, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic it has been postponed and will take place on July 8 at the Globe Wien.

Waiting for the award ceremony…

Finally, once again this year, this is it. Today, Thursday, April 29, the nominations for the prestigious Österreichischer Filmpreis 2021, one of the most important film awards in Austria, were announced. As usual, the award ceremony was supposed to take place at the end of January, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, like many other events, it was postponed. And so on July 8, 2021, at the Globe Wien, the Akademie des Österreichischen Films, chaired by Oscar-winning director Stefan Ruzowitzky and actress Ursula Strauss, will finally confer the coveted awards.

During the announcement of the nominations, there were many confirmations and a few surprises. Getting the most nominations (nine of them) was the feature film Why not you, the debut feature by director Evi Romen. The film deals with a sadly topical subject, even with regard to recent events in Austria, and focuses on the story of a would-be dancer who finds himself in the situation of having to overcome grief and trauma after having miraculously saved himself following a terrorist attack.

Further confirmation in these Österreichischer Filmpreis 2021 is the interesting The Trouble with being born, the second feature film by young director Sandra Wollner, which had its world premiere at the Berlinale 2020 and also won numerous awards in the international scene. Wollner’s film received six nominations, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Johanna Moder’s Once were Rebels, a funny sentimental comedy that was nominated in no less than five of the sixteen categories, also achieved great satisfaction. And while the feature film Quo vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Zbanic – already nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film – won four nominations (including Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Edita Malovcic and Best Makeup), pleasantly surprising was the presence in the competition of Daniel Prochaska’s enjoyable teen horror film The creepy House (nominated in four categories) and Patrick Vollrath’s adrenaline-fuelled 7500 , which takes place entirely inside the cockpit of an aeroplane and which deservedly received a nomination for Best Director, among others.

In terms of documentaries, this year’s selection is excellent: each of them has its own distinct style, each of them managed in its own way to move and fascinate us from the very first minutes.

This edition of the Österreichischer Filmpreis 2021 promises to be full of surprises. We will still have to wait just over two months to find out who will win this year’s major Austrian awards. Below are all the nominations. Good luck to the nominees and may the best win!

BEST FILM

Oskar & Lilli by Arash T. Riahi

Why not you by Evi Romen

The Trouble with being born by Sandra Wollner

BEST DOCUMENTARY

This Movie is a Gift by Anja Salomonowitz

Johanna Dohnal – Visionary of Feminism by Sabine Derflinger

Epicentro by Hubert Sauper

BEST SHORT FILM

Das beste Orchester der Welt by Henning Backhaus

Fische by Raphaela Schmid

The Washing Machine by Dominik Hartl

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Julia Jentsch for Once were Rebels

Christine Ostermayer for Oskar & Lilli

Julia Franz Richter for The Diver inside

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Marcel Mohab for Once were Rebels

Thomas Mraz for Risiken und Nebenwirkungen

Thomas Prenn for Why not you

Manuel Rubey for Once were Rebels

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Julia Koschitz for The creepy House

Edita Malovcic for Quo vadis, Aida?

Anna Unterberger for What we wanted

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Omid Memar for 7500

Michael Pink for The creepy House

Noah Saavedra for Why not you

Lukas Spisser for What we wanted

BEST DIRECTOR

Arash T. Riahi for Oskar & Lilli

Patrick Vollrath for 7500

Sandra Wollner for The Trouble with being born

BEST SCREENPLAY

Johanna Moder, Marcel Mohab, Manuel Rubey for Once were Rebels

Evi Romen for Why not you

Patrick Vollrath, Senad Halilbasic for 7500

Roderick Warich, Sandra Wollner for The Trouble with being born

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Martin Gschlacht, Jerzy Palacz for Why not you

Christine A. Maier for Quo vadis, Aida?

Matthias Pötsch for The creepy House

BEST EDITING

Lisa Zoe Geretschläger, Sebastian Longariva for Lovecut

Niki Mossböck forJohanna DohnalVisionary of Feminism

Karina Ressler for Why not you

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Veronika Albert for Once were Rebels

Monika Buttinger for Oskar & Lilli

Cinzia Cioffi for Why not you

BEST MAKEUP

Sam Dopona, Verena Eichtinger for Wht not you

Gaby Grünwald for The Trouble with being born

Helene Lang for Narcissus and Goldmund

Michaela Payer, Regina Breitfellner for Quo vadis, Aida?

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Katrin Huber, Gerhard Dohr for Oskar & Lilli

Conrad Moritz Reinhardt for The creepy House

Hannes Salat for Quo vadis, Aida?

BEST SCORE

Florian Horwath for Why not you

Clara Luzia for Once were Rebels

David Schweighart, Peter Kutin for The Trouble with being born

BEST SOUND

Hubert Sauper, Karim Weth, Alexander Koller for Epicentro

Vlad Voinescu, Andreas Hamza, Thomas Pötz for The Royal Train

Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer, Peter Kutin, Simon Peter for The Trouble with being born

Claus Benischke-Lang, Karim Weth, Nils Kirchhoff, Alexander Koller for What we wanted

Info: the website of the Akademie des Österreichischen Films