The European Film Academy has announced the three nominees in the category for best documentary for the 2013 European Film Awards, which in no surprise includes perhaps the most controversial, acclaimed acclaimed documentaries of the last year.
A committee consisting of EFA Board Member Antonio Saura, producer (Spain), EFA Member Despina Mouzaki, producer (Greece), as well as documentary experts Claas Danielsen (Germany), Ally Derks (Netherlands) and Jacques Laurent (Belgium) decided on the following nominations (with descriptions provided by the EFA):
THE ACT OF KILLING
Denmark/Norway/UK, 159 min
DIRECTED BY: Joshua Oppenheimer
PRODUCED BY: Signe Byrge Sørensen
Anwar Congo and his friends are mass murderers dancing their way through musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes, and galloping across prairies as yodelling cowboys.
Switzerland/France, 100 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Kaveh Bakhtiari
PRODUCED BY: Elisabeth Garbar & Heinz Dill
In Athens, Amir, an Iranian immigrant, has a modest flat which has become a place of transit for migrants who, like him, have chosen to leave their country.
THE MISSING PICTURE (L'IMAGE MANQUANTE)
France/Cambodia, 90 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Rithy Panh
PRODUCED BY: Catherine Dussart
For many years, I have been looking for the missing picture: a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia…
The nominated films will now be submitted to the 2,900 EFA Members to elect the winner. The European Documentary 2013 will then be presented at the 26th European Film Awards Ceremony in Berlin on Saturday, December 7th.