In this year’s packed documentary awards race, each spotlight is more significant than ever. Notably, “The Act of Killing” keeps grabbing attention. The European Film Academy has announced the three nominations
in its Documentary category: Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing” (review here), Kaveh
Bakhtiari’s “Stop-Over” and Rithy Panh’s “The Missing Picture” (interview here). More info, plus trailers, below.
The 26th European Film Awards Ceremony takes place in Berlin
on December 7.
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.
L’IMAGE MANQUANTE (THE MISSING PICTURE)
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