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Real Deal: Safdies, Rivers/Russell & Glazer Among ’15 Cinema Eye Heterodox Award Noms

When non-fiction and narrative film collide, how do we distinguish between the two? The Cinema Eye Honors’ answer to this is that they do….and they don’t. Easily my favorite award category of all the year-end shenanigans, the Heterodox Award is designed for the brazen filmmakers who allow docu-form to enhance the narrative experience — essentially service narrative form who boldly incorporate a docu aesthetic and this year’s batch of five noms do this serviceably in their own fashion. Announced by Filmmaker Magazine, here are the five films.

Boyhood directed by Richard Linklater

Heaven Knows What directed by Josh and Benny Safdie

A Spell to Ward off the Darkness directed by Ben Rivers and Ben Russell

Stop the Pounding Heart directed by Roberto Minervini

Under the Skin directed by Jonathan Glazer

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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