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Fiction Films that Blur the Line: Cinema Eye Honors’ 2015 Heterodox Award Nominees

Fiction Films that Blur the Line: Cinema Eye Honors' 2015 Heterodox Award Nominees

Boyhood,” which has been on an awards sweep of late, is up for yet another award: documentary group the Cinema Eye Honors’ Heterodox Award honoring hybrid fiction films. Cinema Eye is also opening up voting for their doc feature Audience Choice prize.
The five nominees for the annual Cinema Eye Heterodox Award (sponsored by IFP’s Filmmaker Magazine) “honor a narrative fiction film that imaginatively incorporates nonfiction strategies, content and/or modes of production.”
 
The five films nominated this year for the Cinema Eye Heterodox Award are: 
Boyhood directed by Richard Linklater
Heaven Knows What directed by Josh and Benny Safdie
A Spell to Ward off the Darkness directed by Ben Rivers and Ben Russell
Stop the Pounding Heart directed by Roberto Minervini
Under the Skin directed by Jonathan Glazer
According to the press release: “These films demonstrate the porous boundaries between life’s documentation and creative storytelling, highlighting the ways in which today’s fiction filmmakers are inspired, challenged and provoked by the realities in which their dramatic constructs live.”

Previous winners were Matt Porterfield’s “Putty Hill” (2011), Mike Mills’ “Beginners” (2012), Jem Cohen’s “Museum Hours” (2013) and Carlos Reygados’s “Post Tenebras Lux” (2014).

Filmmaker Magazine Editor-in-Chief Scott Macaulay stated:

“In this fifth year of the Heterodox Award, these nominated filmmakers, using technology as varied as spy cams to old-fashioned 35mm, have created seamless blends of the real and ‘the real.’ Their films, crackling with the rhythms of life, offer inspirations out of the creative cul de sacs found in so much mainstream storytelling.”

 
The Cinema Eye Honors Nominations Committee, with more than 25 international programmers who specialize in nonfiction film, first selected nine finalists for the Heterodox Award; the writers and editors of Filmmaker Magazine viewed them and voted on the final five nominees. A jury of filmmakers and film professionals will watch the five nominees and select a winner. The award will be presented in January during Cinema Eye Week in New York City.
Voting for the Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize is now open to the public here; the ten nominees for the Audience Choice Prize are:
20,000 Days on Earth directed by Iain Forsythe and Jane Pollard
The Case Against 8 directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White
Citizenfour directed by Laura Poitras
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me directed by Chiemi Karasawa
Finding Vivian Maier directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
Jodorowsky’s Dune directed by Frank Pavich
Keep On Keepin’ On directed by Alan Hicks
Life Itself directed by Steve James
Mistaken for Strangers directed by Tom Berninger
Particle Fever directed by Mark Levinson
Last year, more than 44,000 people voted for the award, which was won by Dave Grohl’s “Sound City.” Previous winners of the award are “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” (2008), “Up the Yangtze” (2009), “The September Issue” (2010),  “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” (2011), “Buck” (2012) and “Bully” (2013).
The five nominees for the 2015 Cinema Eye Heterodox Award:
 
Under the Skin
Directed by Jonathan Glazer
 
The deconstructed star power of Scarlett Johannson is its own special effect in Jonathan Glazer’s eerily riveting tale of alienation and what it means to be human. Adapted from Michael Faber’s novel, Under the Skin lands a beautiful space alien wearing acid-washed jeans (Johannson) in the bustling urban areas and lonely stretches of Scotland, where she fatally beguiles a string of perfectly ordinary — and hidden camera-shot — men.
 
Boyhood
Rick Linklater
 
In his triumphant Boyhood, the story of a young boy’s journey to maturity, Linklater profoundly captures the poetics of passing time not with multiple actors and aging make-up but with the same cast, united yearly over the course of 12 years.
 
Stop the Pounding Heart
Roberto Minervini
 
Building his verite-styled narrative around the real lives of his non-actors, Roberto Minervini sensitively captures both the ache of adolescence as well attitudes and atmospheres of a devout farming community in rural Texas.
 
 
A Spell to Ward off the Darkness
Ben Rivers and Ben Russell
 
Gesturing both outside and inward, Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s searching, experiential and politically questioning A Spell to Ward off the Darkness follows a single, nearly silent character as he interacts with a radical island collective, secludes himself in Finnish wilderness, and performs at a Norway black metal concert.
 
Heaven Knows What
Josh and Benny Safdie
 
Meeting the homeless and heroin-addicted 19-year-old Arielle Holmes on the streets while researching another film, Josh and Benny Safdie commissioned her to chronicle her life story — particularly her turbulent relationship with her boyfriend, Ilya. From those pages, and mixing professional actors like Caleb Landry Jones with Holmes and her friends, they have created a darkly compelling love story filled with pain and beauty.

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