Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck’s God Bless the Child (pictured) and Jafar Panahi’s Taxi are among the five films nominated for the sixth annual Cinema Eye Heterodox Award.
The Heterodox Award – which will be presented on January 12 in New York City – honors narrative fiction films that blend together nonfiction elements, content or modes of production.
God Bless the Child, a hybrid doc that follows five California children alone at home, was recently awarded the DOX:Award for international documentaries during the 13th edition of the Copenhagen-based festival CPH:DOX.
Taxi, meanwhile, explores the social challenges in Iran and finds Panahi posing as a taxi driver after being banned from making movies by the Iranian government. The film took home the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year.
Additional nominees include Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights: Volume One (The Restless One), in which chapters of Arabian Nights are adapted to a modern day Portugal; Sean Baker’s iPhone 5s-filmed Tangerine, about a girl searching for the pimp who broke her heart; and Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe, about a deaf teenager struggling to fit into the boarding school system.
Finalists for the Heterodox Award were whittled down from 10 films selected by the Cinema Eye Honors Nominations Committee, made up of more than 25 international programmers who specialize in nonfiction film.
Previous winners of the Heterodox Award include Matt Porterfield’s Putty Hill (2011), Mike Mills’ Beginners (2012), Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours (2013), Carlos Reygados’ Post Tenebras Lux (2014) and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (2015).