Ceasar Must Die (pictured), Compliance, Museum Hours, No and An Oversimplification of Her Beauty have been named as the nominees up for the third annual Cinema Eye Heterodox Award.
The award, to be given out on January 9 at the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking awards ceremony, recognizes a narrative film that imaginatively uses non-fiction elements, such as strategies, content and modes of production.
Ceasar Must Die (Cesare deve morire), directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, sees real-life Italian inmates of a high security prison audition, rehearse and stage a version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar; while Compliance, by Craig Zobel, uses dialog from phone records and court transcripts to turn the true story of a prank phone caller and sexual predator into a film about the politics of authority.
Museum Hours by Jem Cohen features dialog carried across centuries through art, No by Pablo Larrain uses footage from the referendum that ousted Chile’s General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, and An Oversimplification of Her Beauty by Terence Nance mixes multiple formats.
The previous winners of the award were Matt Porterfield’s Putty Hill in 2011 and Mike Mills’ Beginners in 2012.
“For the first two years, the Heterodox Award has felt like an exciting experiment,” said Cinema Eye Honors co-chair Esther Robinson. “Would there be enough films pushing through the barriers between fiction and non-fiction films to justify the award? Would the filmmaking community embrace this conversation? With the arrival of the third year, we can answer both questions with a resounding ‘yes.’”