List includes 'Burma VJ,' 'Defamation'
Ten films have been nominated by the European Film Academy for best documentary.They are Anders Ostergaard’s “Burma VJ,” about Burmese journalists who risk their lives to tell the story of their country to the outside world; Jawad Rhalib’s “The Damned of the Sea,” about the plight of Moroccan fishermen; Vadim Jendreyko’s “The Woman With the 5 Elephants,” about an elderly translator; Leon Geller and Marcus Vetter’s “The Heart of Jenin,” about the legacy of a Palestinian boy; Gianfranco Rosi’s “Below Sea Level,” about a commune of outcasts in the California desert; “Defamation,” Yoav Shamir’s examination of anti-Semitism; Belgian filmmaker Agnes Varda’s look at her own career, “The Beaches of Agnes”; Peter Kerekes’ “Cooking History,” a look at army cuisine from WWII to the present; Peter Liechti’s “The Sound of Insects — Record of a Mummy,” tracing the last days of a man whose mummified remains were found long after his suicide; and Lilian Franck and Robert Cibis’ “Pianomania,” about a piano tuner and his famous clients. Jury includes Georgian documentary filmmaker Nino Kirtadze; Franz Grabner, producer at Austrian pubcaster ORF; and Russian documentary filmmaker Viktor Kossakovsky. The European Film Awards will take place Dec. 12 in the German city of Bochum.
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