'The Act of Killing' documentary film

Pix by Oppenheimer, Bakhtiari, Panh on short-list

LONDON — The European Film Academy announced Monday the three nominations in the European documentary category of the European Film Awards, which takes place on Dec. 7 in Berlin.

The nominees are Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” Kaveh Bakhtiari’s “Stop-Over” and Rithy Panh’s “The Missing Picture.”

“Act of Killing,” which played in Berlin, contains scenes in which members of death squads that operated in Indonesia in the 1960s re-enact their crimes.

“Stop-Over,” which screened in Cannes, is an intimate portrait of a group of immigrants living a clandestine existence in Greece.

“The Missing Picture,” which also played in Cannes, is a chronicle of Panh’s teenage years under the Pol Pot dictatorship, in which he re-create his experiences using clay figurines.

Nominees were selected by a committee consisting of producers Antonio Saura and Despina Mouzaki, and documentary experts Claas Danielsen (Germany), Ally Derks (Netherlands) and Jacques Laurent (Belgium).

The films will be submitted to the 2,900 academy members to pick the winner.

“The Act of Killing” (Denmark/Norway/U.K.). Dir: Joshua Oppenheimer; prod: Signe Byrge Sorensen. International sales: Cinephil.
“Stop-Over” (Switzerland/France). Dir: Kaveh Bakhtiari; prod: Elisabeth Garbar, Heinz Dill. International sales: Doc & Film Intl.
“The Missing Picture” (France/Cambodia). Dir: Rithy Panh; prod: Catherine Dussart. International sales: Films Distribution.

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