Three nominees for the documentary category of the 2012 European Film Awards have been announced, and one of the recognized nonfiction films is Julien Temple’s London - The Modern Babylon. I caught the archives-dependent chronicle of the British capital in the 20th century last month while it was playing at the Toronto International Film Festival, labeling it a “city mixtape film” and describing it as “the kind of doc that scores the suffragette movement to “Oh Bondage Up Yours!” by X-Ray Spex and uses just as much fiction film material as newsreel footage as historical record.”
Joining London are two films I’m unfamiliar with but am now adding to my list of docs to see. Manuel von Sturler’s Winter Nomads is an epic sheep herding journey over the Alps, which sounds reminiscent of the classic doc Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life and the more recent Sweetgrass. Here’s a trailer for Von Sturler’s doc:
Jerome Le Maire’s Tea and Electricity looks at a remote Moroccan village as it becomes modernized with a new road and electricity, both at the hesitancy of some of the town’s elders. Here’s a trailer for Le Maire’s film:
The winner will be announced at the 25th European Film Awards on December 1, 2012, in Malta. Recent recipients of the award include Pina and Nostalgia for the Light.