Oscar Shortlist Long Documentaries

Skrevet den 18-12-2018 18:05:06 af Tue Steen Müller

Oscar Shortlist Long Documentaries

3 of the European documentaries from the EFA award ceremony ( 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” (, Simon Lereng Wilmont’s ”The Distant Barking of Dogs” (, the Spanish ”The Silence of Others” ( by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar. To be added and welcomed is that Anna Zamecka’s ”Communion” (winner of EFA documentary award 2017) ( 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.

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