3 of the European documentaries from the EFA award ceremony (http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4396/) are on the Oscar shortlist. The winning film about Bergman and ”A Woman Captured” – a pity – is not there.
But on the list of 15 that will be brought down to 5 nominations by January 22 you will find Talal Derki’s ”Of Fathers and Sons” (http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4094/), Simon Lereng Wilmont’s ”The Distant Barking of Dogs” (http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4099/), the Spanish ”The Silence of Others” (https://thesilenceofothers.com/) by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar. To be added and welcomed is that Anna Zamecka’s ”Communion” (winner of EFA documentary award 2017) (http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4109/) is also on the list. The rest 11 are films that I have not seen yet.
Let me join IDFA director Orwa Nyrabia in his positive comment on FB today: 2 IDFA World Premieres and 6 IDFA- Selected films among the 15 Oscar documentary feature contenders of the year. Congrats to all!
I would also like to congratulate documentary branch members for one of the best long lists ever.
And then a small PS – I notice that Sergey Dvortsevoy’s ”Ayka” (photo) is listed under foreign language fiction films. I still consider the director’s documentaries ”Happiness” and ”Bread Day” as modern documentary classics. I want to see ”Ayka” but would also love to see Dvortsevoy back in the documentary genre.