European Film Academy Unveils European Documentary Nominees
The Act Of Killing, Stop-Over and The Missing Picture are the European Film Academy‘s nominees for Best European Documentary. The Act of Killing is a Denmark-Norway co-production from director Joshua Oppenheimer about Indonesian death squad veterans re-enacting their deeds musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes, and galloping across prairies as yodeling cowboys. Stop-Over (L’Escale) is a Switzerland-France co-prod from Kaveh Bakhtiari that centers on Amir, an Iranian immigrant in Athens whose modest becomes a place of transit for migrants who, like him, have chosen to leave their country. In the France-Cambodia pic The Missing Picture (L’Image Manquante), which won the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes, writer-director Rithy Panh addresses his family’s horrifying experiences during the Pol Pot regime’s reign over Cambodia from 1975-79. The winner will be announced during the European Film Awards on December 7 in Berlin.
Pathé Lays Off Nine, Will Reduce Distribution Slate
French studio Pathé has laid off nine staffers amid plans to reduce its slate. The pink-slipped employees were in the company’s distribution office, according to Le Film Français. Pathé is looking to cut its output slate in half to 10 films going forward. The company was France’s leading distributor in 2013 but has weathered a number of poor box office performances by its films recently, including Turf, It Happened In Saint-Tropez, Marius And Fanny and Jeannette.