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MIPCOM Picks 2011 – Best in Show: Bombay Beach

Bombay Beach is the mesmerizing first feature effort from Israeli-born Alma Har'el, who had previously showcased her distinctive helming style via music videos for alt-folk act Beirut (who contribute to this film’s soundtrack, along with one Bob Dylan).
September 26, 2011

BOMBAY BEACH

Partners: Directed by Alma Har’el for Bombay Beach Productions; distributed by ro*co international, Focus Features (theatrical, U.S.) and Dogwoof (theatrical, UK).

Length: 80 minutes

Premiered: Berlinale, 2011

Rights available: All rights, outside of U.S., UK and Canada

Bombay Beach is the first feature effort from Israeli-born Har’el, who had previously showcased her distinctive helming style via music videos for alt-folk act Beirut (who contribute to this film’s soundtrack, along with one Bob Dylan). It was while filming a video for Beirut that she first stumbled upon Southern Bombay Beach, the community – a wide-ranging group of individuals and families gathered along the east shore of the Salton Sea in Southern California. The director was immediately awestruck by the characters there, and by the geography of the area – both surreal in their own ways.

The film has garnered both huge accolades, winning the prize for best documentary feature at Tribeca, and criticisms from some in the doc community, for staged, choreographed sequences that aim to illustrate other areas of the inhabitants’ personalities that perhaps a more vérité approach wouldn’t uncover. Regardless, the sumptuous imagery and engrossing stories of the film’s “stars” make it a “can’t miss” for doc fans and plain old movie buffs alike.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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