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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, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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