'Amy,' 'Look of Silence' on European Film Awards Doc Shortlist

Amy Still 5 - H 2015
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Amy Still 5 - H 2015

15 nonfiction titles have been selected for the first-ever EFA documentary selection.

Asif Kapadia's Amy, The Look of Silence from director Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean McAllister's A Syrian Love Story are among the 15 nonfiction features to make the European Film Awards' first-ever documentary selection.

The majority of documentaries to make the cut have a political edge, whether it is Oppenheimer's Look of Silence, the follow-up to his Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing, which looks at the Indonesian genocide; Nicola Bellucci's Grozny Blues, set in war-torn Chechnya; Camilla Nielsson's Democrats, which looks at the unstable politics of modern-day Zimbabwe; or the Ukrainian war doc All Things Ablaze.

Given the current migration crisis gripping Europe, McAllister's A Syrian Love Story, which follows the five-year odyssey of a Syrian couple, who sees their country — and their marriage — disintegrate, seems particularly timely.

Amy, the most commercially successful of the documentaries on this year's shortlist, also is one of the few music docs in the running for the EFAs this year, along with Electroboy, Marcel Gisler's portrait of Swiss EDM artist and model Florian Burkhardt.

EFA members will now vote to pick the five best documentary nominees from the shortlist. The best European documentary winner will be announced at the European Film Awards in Berlin Dec. 12.

The complete documentary shortlist can be seen on the European Film Awards website.