Oscar Nominations January 10/2

So, the nominations have been announced. For the Best Feature Documentary. We will know the winner by February 24. Apart from ”5 Broken Cameras” with Burnat and Davidi, the nominees (= names) will be determined later. The names here are the directors of the films. 

5 Broken Cameras (Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi)

The Gatekeepers (Dror Moreh) (photo)

How to Survive a Plague (David France)

The Invisible War (Kirby Dick)

Searching for Sugar Man (Malik Bendjelloul)

There is a tradition for writing “… and why is this film not nominated”, I will not do so, just say that of course many other films could have been on the list. Instead I will salute the presence of the two films from Israel/Palestine as well as “Searching for Sugar Man”, which contrary to the other films do not deal with politics or social matters/activism. I had some reservations about “The Invisible War” (see post below) and I still have not seen “How to survive a Plague”.



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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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