Director: Lotfi Bouchouchi The directorial debut of sometime producer and docmaker
Bouchouchi, this tale of a standoff between French soldiers and native villagers during the Algerian War of Independence, has won a handful of prizes at smaller film festivals.
Jordeno is a Gothenburg and NYC-based visual artist and docmaker
interested in issues of authorship, formal and informal labor, real and imaginary queer spaces and the habitual acts of everyday life.
Furthermore, "Mustang's" Turkish-French writer-director Deniz Gamze Erguven stands with "What Happened, Miss Simone?" docmaker
Liz Garbus as the only female feature directors nominated in this year's typically testosterone-dominated Oscar slate.
As much as films like "Capturing the Friedmans" and "Stories We Tell" have taught us to expect the unexpected when it comes to family portraiture on film, viewers may still find themselves taken off-guard by Dutch docmaker
Tom Fassaert's fascinating "A Family Affair." Alternately elusive and stunningly candid as it unpicks the Fassaert clan's tangled, troubled history with nonagenarian matriarch Marianne Hertz, this deceptively artless, journal-style film has no need for any carefully sculpted twists; rather, it's the sheer unpredictable perversity of human nature that takes the breath away at key points in Fassaert's unsettling, perhaps unsolvable, inquiry.
The unassuming marvel of Norwegian docmaker
Aslaug Holm's "Brothers" Is that It somehow conveys both time frames simultaneously: As Holm's camera tracks the growth of her two young sons over the course of a decade, the daunting vastness of their journey Is as palpable as their watchful mother's fear that it might pass her by If she looks away for a moment.
Macdonald's Oscar-decorated credentials as a docmaker
have lent a certain sinewy authority even to commercial productions as far-fetched as 2011's sword-and-sandals gruntfest "The Eagle," though he made an ambitious digression with last year's dystopian youth romance "How I Live Now," a forbidding but affecting antidote to purpler trends in YA cinema.
One moderated by Sarah Silverman in March was tinged with humor, and as an environmental advocate herself, she shot questions like, "Why do you hate polar bears?" at the skeptic, docmaker
Vet English docmaker
Mark Kidel's tight assembly covers a lot of ground, not stinting on generous performance clips, though naturally there are significant gaps in covering the subject's prolific career.
An emigre's return to Belgrade to get married becomes the occasion for several emotionally fraught and drunken reunions in "Tomorrow Morning," Serbian helmer and docmaker
Oleg Novkovic's ("Why Have You Left Me") third fictional feature.
"Into the Realms of Reality: Docmakers
Traverse Genres." Doc 25.2 (2006): 26-27.
While it is not uncommon for successful docmakers
to segue into narrative film, don't expect any such transition for Fassaert.
It's one of several NYFF docs offering the undiluted voices of their subjects, another way some docmakers
are paralleling print works like Tom Roston's new book "I Lost It at the Video Store: A Filmmakers' Oral History of a Vanished Era." "We didn't want expert talking heads, because often you end up with superlatives," "De Palma" co-helmer Paltrow says.