The film magazine Ekko announces the nominees for the main competition at CPH:DOX.

This year’s DOX:AWARD winner will be chosen among 16 carefully selected documentaries, an award that Joshua Oppenheimer last year received for ‘The Look of Silence’. 16 films are selected to compete for this year’s DOX:AWARD.

The nominees are CPH:DOX’s selection of this year’s best international documentary films. The films stand out for their strong, personal vision and their cinematic qualities, justifying the rightful place of documentaries on the big screen. Furthermore, these are films that make creative use of media to portray reality.

The nominees:

A Girl of Her Age. Márcio Laranjeira. (PT – International Premiere)

Portuguese hybrid between fiction and documentary, youth and adulthood, and a young couple’s widely different views of a dark future.

A Good American. Friedrich Moser. (AT – World Premiere)

The deeply disturbing journalistic docu-thriller about the system that could have prevented 9/11, but was stopped by lies and corruption at the NSA.

Birobidjan. Guy-Marc Hinant. (BE – World Premiere)

Founded by Stalin himself in 1934, today a Jewish culture on the verge of extinction. A dark and atmospheric masterpiece from the eastern edge of Russia.

A Girl of Her Age

A Girl of Her Age

Brødre. Aslaug Holm. (NO International Premiere)

The documentary answer to ‘Boyhood’. A poetic and worldly-wise film shot over eight years, as the Norwegian director’s two boys grow up.

God Bless the Child. Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck. (US – European Premiere)

Five children at home alone in a house in California. An energetic and wild hybrid, where suburban reality and minimal staging become a lively whole.

In Limbo. Antoine Viviani. (FR – World Premiere)

Big data, big ideas. An original and visually unique mapping of the Internet’s labyrinth interior – and its soul.

Lost and Beautiful. Pietro Marcello. (IT)

Fables, fantasy and reality meet in Pietro Marcello’s beautiful film from southern Italy.


Lost and Beautiful

Mallory. Helena Třeštíková. (CZ – International Premiere)

Seven years of life lived at the bottom of society in a Czech film about a woman’s struggle against heroin and a Kafkaesque bureaucracy.

Man Falling. Anne Regitze Wivel. (DK – World Premiere)

OPENING FILM: Per Kirkeby’s fight for a comeback to art after an accident. An honest and personal portrait of a strong-willed artist.

The Death Of J.P. Cuenca. João Paulo Cuenca. (BR – International Premiere)

A young author’s autobiographical film about his own death – and the attempt to solve it.

The Letters. Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez. (MX – World Premiere)

Dark Mexican film about a political miscarriage of justice, staged as a sensory and psychological trip from a different world.

The Letters

The Letters

The Moulin. Huang Ya-li. (TW – World Premiere)

Taiwan’s first group of modern poets gathered in the 1930s in quiet protest against colonial cultural superiority. Aesthetically refined and uncompromising.

The Swedish Theory of Love. Erik Gandini. (SE – World Premiere)

Across the planet (and Scandinavia) in a surprising and eye-opening essay about the good, Nordic life.

The Fear of Thirteen. David Sington. (GB – International Premiere)

Meet the man who asked to be killed. Phenomenal storytelling and fascinating character study, when it simply doesn’t get any better.

Uncertain. Ewan McNicol & Anna Sandilands. (US – European Premiere)

A funny, heartbreaking and cinematic film from the border between Texas and Louisiana. And between dream and reality.

Unseen: The Lives of Looking. Dryden Goodwin. (GB – World Premiere)

A visually and philosophically sophisticated, magnificent film about the relationship between vision and knowledge – from the interior of the eye to Mars, and on to drone attacks and surveillance.

The Moulin

The Moulin