Gomorrah and Everlasting Moments Nominated in the Best Foreign Film Category
New York, NY, December 11, 2008 – IFC Films, the leading distributor of foreign films in the U.S., garnered two Golden Globe nominations, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced today. Both nominations are in the Best Foreign Film category: the Italian crime drama Gomorrah and the Swedish family drama Everlasting Moments. This is the second year in a row IFC Films will be represented in the foreign film category as its 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days was nominated last year.
Italy’s top drama of the year, Gomorrah has grossed over $14 million since its release. The film, directed by Matteo Garrone and starring Toni Servillo, won the Grand Prix at Cannes and also took home five European Film Awards last week including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. The film recently made headlines when La Repubblica reported the Neapolitan mafia has set Christmas as its deadline by which to kill Roberto Saviano, co-author of the best selling mafia expose on which the film is based. Saviano is currently living under police protection. Gomorrah will be released in Los Angeles on December 19 for an Academy Awards qualifying run followed by a day and date theatrical and nationwide video-on-demand release in early 2009.
Joining Gomorrah in the Best Foreign Film category is Everlasting Moments, a family drama from acclaimed Scandinavian director Jan Troell. A former schoolteacher, Troell has directed close to twenty feature films in his long and distinguished career. His best know film, The Emigrants, received four Oscar nominations in 1973 including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay, after being nominated for Best Foreign Film the previous year. Troell’s other notable credits include the Oscar nominated films The New Land and The Flight of the Eagle. IFC is planning to release Everlasting Moments theatrically and on-demand in the Spring 2009.
Said IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring, "On behalf of everyone at IFC, it is a total thrill for us to work with innovative international filmmakers like Matteo and Jan and we couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments. Congratulations to the entire casts and crews of Gomorrah and Everlasting Moments on these astounding achievements. These nominations also underscore IFC’s commitment to bringing original, exciting and prestigious product from around the world to U.S. audiences and the exceptional reach of our distribution platforms means these acclaimed foreign films will soon have the opportunity to be seen by millions of people."
Also nominated in the Best Foreign Film category are The Baader Meinhof Complex, I’ve Loved You For So Long, and Waltz With Bashir. The winner will be announced at the 66th Annual Golden Globes ceremony taking place on January 11th in Los Angeles.
About IFC Entertainment
A leader in the independent film industry, IFC Entertainment consists of multiple brands that are devoted to bringing the best of specialty films to the largest possible audience: IFC Films, Festival Direct, IFC Productions, and the IFC Center. IFC Films is a leading distributor of independent film. Its unique day and date distribution model, "IFC In Theaters," makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them simultaneously in theaters as well as on cable’s On Demand platform and through Pay-Per-View, reaching 50 million homes. IFC Festival Direct features a wide selection of titles acquired from major international film festivals and offers them exclusively through Video on Demand. IFC Productions is a feature film production company that provides financing for select independent film projects. IFC Center is a three screen, state-of-the-art cinema with luxurious seating and HD digital and 35mm projection that shows art-house films in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village. IFC Entertainment’s companies are subsidiaries of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.