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Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 4, 2013 at 11:42AM

The European Film Academy has announced the three nominations in its Documentary category: Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” Kaveh Bakhtiari’s “Stop-Over” and Rithy Panh’s “The Missing Picture.” More info, plus trailers, below.
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"The Missing Picture."
"The Missing Picture."

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 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.

 

L'ESCALE (STOP-OVER)

Switzerland/France, 100 min

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Kaveh Bakhtiari

PRODUCED BY: Elisabeth Garbar & Heinz Dill

In Athens, Amir, an Iranian immigrant, has a modest flat which has become a place of transit for migrants who, like him, have chosen to leave their country.

 

L'IMAGE MANQUANTE (THE MISSING PICTURE)

France/Cambodia, 90 min

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Rithy Panh

PRODUCED BY: Catherine Dussart

For many years, I have been looking for the missing picture: a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia... 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.