EFA selects docu shortlist

'Nomads,' 'Babylon,' 'Tea or Electricity' nommed

LONDON — Docus from Switzerland, the U.K. and a Belgium-France-Morocco co-production will compete for the European Film Academy’s docu award, it was announced Tuesday.

“Hiver Nomade” (Winter Nomads), helmed by Manuel von Sturler, follows the story of two Swiss-French shepherds embarking on the long winter transhumance, a four-month odyssey of endurance in which the pair must move their 800-strong flock almost 400 miles in a region undergoing profound change.

“London — The Modern Babylon,” helmed by Julien Temple, tells the story of how immigrants and bohemians changed and shaped the U.K. capital between the start of the 20th century and the modern day.

“Le The ou l’Electricite” (Tea or Electricity), helmed and scripted by Jerome le Maire, observes the impact of the introduction of electricity to an isolated village in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains over a three-year period.

A six-person committee from the U.K., Germany, Belgium, Greece, Netherlands and Switzerland chose the nominees. The docu award, voted for by the EFA’s 2,700 members, will be presented at the 25th European Film Awards in Malta on Dec. 1.

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