Mammal Chosen as Part of the European Film Awards 2016 Feature Film Selection

Posted August 23, 2016 by Suzanne Murray in News

The European Film Academy and EFA Productions have announced the 50 films which have been chosen as part of the European Film Awards Feature Film Selection, the list of feature fiction films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2016. Rebecca Daly’s feature film Mammal has been chosen as part of the competition.

The second feature from Rebecca Daly, Mammal is an exploration of the troubling bond formed between two damaged people. Margaret (Rachel Griffiths) lives in Dublin with little social life except for solitary trips to the local swimming pool. Her self-imposed isolation ends when she receives a phone call from ex-husband Matt (Michael McElhattan) telling her the son she abandoned in infancy, now a teenager, has gone missing. This news coincides with her decision to give shelter to Joe (Barry Keoghan), a homeless boy she finds beaten up outside her house. As Margaret’s relationship with Joe develops it becomes uncertain whether her attraction to the boy is that of a surrogate son or a potential lover.

Written by Rebecca Daly and Glenn Montgomery, the film is produced by Macdara Kelleher for Fastnet Films with co-producers Calach Films in Luxembourg and Rinkel Film in The Netherlands. The film was funded by Bord Scannán na hEireann, Luxembourg Film Fund, BAI, TV3, the Dutch Film Fund and the Dutch Production incentive.

The list contains films from 33 European countries. The selection process works like this; each of the 20 countries with the most EFA Members (which includes Ireland) picks one film that is automatically nominated, the other 30 are selected by a committee consisting of EFA Board Members and invited experts Péter Bognár (Hungary), Dave Calhoun (UK), Paz Lazaro Barquilla (Spain), Christophe Leparc (France) and Alik Shpilyuk (Ukraine).

The next step sees the European Film Academy vote for the nominations in the categories European Film, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenwriter. The nominations will then be announced on November 5th at the Seville European Film Festival.

Last week the EFA announced the the documentary shortlist, which included Irish co-production The Land of the Enlightened which is also being distributed by Wildcard.

The 29th European Film Awards will take place on 10 December in Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture 2016.