Ferreras Receives European Film Awards Nomination

The first time’s the charm for Ignacio Ferreras

Ignacio Ferreras

The Spanish director’s first full-length animated Spanish film Arrugas has received a European Film Awards nomination.

Ferreras’ 2D-animated film, based on Paco Roca‘s comic, concerns two friends in a retirement home where one tries to keep the other out of the dreaded Alzheimer’s ward.

Arrugas, nominated in the Animated Film category, will face off against Tomas Lunak’s Alois Nobel and Peter Lord’s The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists.

Meanwhile, Alberto Iglesias has picked up yet another nod for his work on the music for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

The 57-year-old Spanish composer, who was named composer of the year at this year’s World Soundtrack Awards, earned a nod in the composer category.

Iglesias will face off against Aufort & Gabriel Yared for A Royal Affair, François Couturier for Shun Li and the Poet
and George Fenton for The Angels’ Share.

The European Film Awards ceremony will take place December 1.

Claro Receives Cinematographer Award for “Melancholia”

It’s definitely not the end of the world for Manuel Alberto Claro

The 41-year-old Chilean cinematographer picked up the Carlo Di Palma European Cinematographer Award at the European Film Awards—the continent’s version of the Oscars—for his mesmerizing lensing of the planet’s final days in Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia.

Melancholia - Manuel Alberto Claro

The apocalyptic drama stars Kirsten Dunst as a chronically depressed, self-involved bride getting married at the same time that a mysterious new planet threatens to collide into the Earth.

Claro, who has lived in Denmark since his early childhood, has received critical acclaim since the film’s release for his oh-so-stunning imagery, which includes an eight-minute visual overture consisting of a gorgeous, slow-motion montage set to Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, which helps underscore and enrich the entire film.

It could be first of many honors this awards season for Claro, who studied still photography at Milan’s Istitutto Europeo di Design and worked as an assistant photographer in Milan, New York and Copenhagen before enrolling at the National Film School of Denmark. He graduated in 2001. Claro’s previous award-winning projects include: Allegro, Dark Horse and Reconstruction.