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‘Back to Visegrad’s’ Julie Biro, Antoine Jaccoud on Repairing the Past, Bosnian War Legacy

‘Back to Visegrad’s’ Julie Biro, Antoine Jaccoud on Repairing the Past, Bosnian War Legacy
“Back to Visegrad” opens, appropriately enough, with Miresha, a former student at Eastern Bosnia’s Visegrad Primary School, driving through a series of long tunnels hacked into a hillside. Miresha is in many ways still in a psychological tunnel herself. She’s about to attend a school reunion of her classmates at the school, whom she hasn’t seen in 26 years, after the 1992-95 Bosnian War broke out, separating Muslim and Serbian students seemingly for ever, forcing the former to flee for their lives with their parents.

26 years later, Budimir Zecevic, the school’s former headmaster, and Djemila Krsmanovic, Miresha’s class teacher’s widow, get into Djemila’s Zastava car and start a long journey to find the class’ often still traumatized students, asking them one by one, if they’d like to meet again. Produced by Elisa Garbar at Lausanne’s Louise Productions, with Outside The Box taking all rights to Switzerland,
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European Film Academy Nominates 'The Act of Killing,' 'The Missing Picture' and 'Stop-Over' for Documentary Award

European Film Academy Nominates 'The Act of Killing,' 'The Missing Picture' and 'Stop-Over' for Documentary Award
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.Nominees:the Act Of KILLINGDenmark/Norway/UK, 159 minDIRECTED By: Joshua OppenheimerPRODUCED By: Signe Byrge SørensenAnwar 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. L'escale (Stop-over) Switzerland/France, 100 minWRITTEN & Directed By: Kaveh BakhtiariPRODUCED By: Elisabeth Garbar & Heinz DillIn Athens, Amir, an Iranian immigrant, has a modest flat ...
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European Film Awards Set 2013 Documentary Nominees

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. Stop-over (L'escale) Switzerland/France, 100 min Written & Directed By: Kaveh Bakhtiari Produced By: Elisabeth Garbar & Heinz...
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Temple's 'London - The Modern Babylon' Among Documentary Nominees for European Film Awards

The European Film Academy announced nominations in the documentary category for the 25th European Film Awards.  The nominations come from a committee that includes Brit producer Nik Powell, deputy chairman of the Efa board, Efa Members Francine Brücher (Switzerland) and Despina Mouzaki (Greece), and the documentary experts Claas Danielsen (Germany), Ally Derks (the Netherlands), and Jacques Laurent (Belgium).  The winner will be presented on December 1, 2012 in Malta. List of nominees below: "Hiver Nomade" (Winter Nomads) Switzerland, 90 min Directed By: Manuel von Stürler Written By: Claude Muret & Manuel von Stürler Produced By: Elisabeth Garbar & Heinz Dill "London - The Modern Babylon" UK, 128 min Directed By: Julien Temple Produced By: Amanda Temple & Stephen Malit "Le The Ou L'Electricite" (Tea or Electricity) Belgium /...
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European Film Awards Announce 2012 Documentary Nominees

The European Film Academy announced the nominations for their annual documentary award. A committee consisting of Nik Powell, director of the Nfts and deputy chairman of the Efa Board (UK), Efa Members Francine Brücher (Switzerland) and Despina Mouzaki (Greece), and the documentary experts Claas Danielsen (Germany), Ally Derks (the Netherlands), and Jacques Laurent (Belgium) chose the following three films for a nomination: Hiver Nomade (Winter Nomads) Switzerland, 90 min Directed By: Manuel von Stürler Written By: Claude Muret & Manuel von Stürler Produced By: Elisabeth Garbar & Heinz Dill London – The Modern Babylon UK, 128 min Directed By: Julien Temple Produced By: Amanda Temple & Stephen Malit Le THÉ Ou L‘ELECTRICITÉ (Tea or Electricity) Belgium / France / Morocco, 93 min Written & Directed By: Jérôme le Maire Produced By: Isabelle Truc, Isabelle Mathy...
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