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European Film Academy Picks Three Nominees for Documentary Honor

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Joshua Oppenheimer
"The Act of Killing"

Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing," "Stop Over" by Kaveh Bakhtiari and Rithy Panh's "The Missing Picture" are the final candidates for the best documentary prize at this year's EFA awards.

LONDON – Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing, Stop Over (L'Escale) by Kaveh Bakhtiari and Rithy Panh's The Missing Picture (L'Image Manquante) will compete to win this year's European documentary award, dished out by the European Film Academy.

The trio of short-listed documentaries have been chosen by a committee consisting of Academy board members Antonio Saura, a producer from Spain, and Greek producer Despina Mouzaki, as well as documentary experts Claas Danielsen (Germany), Ally Derks (Netherlands) and Jacques Laurent (Belgium).

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A Denmark/Norway/U.K. co-production, The Act of Killing is about Indonesian death squad members who are asked to re-enact their mass murders in a cinematic style of their choice, ranging from musicals, cowboy films and gangster noir.

Bakhtiari's Stop Over, a France/Switzerland co-production, is about Iranian immigrants in Athens, Greece.

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The Missing Picture, written and directed by Panh, is a France/Cambodia doc which looks at the Khmer Rouge's Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. 

The winner will be voted on by the 2,900 EFA members and presented at the 26th European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin on Dec. 7.