Heterodox Award

With the Heterodox Award we boldly go to the increasingly blurry line between fiction and nonfiction and celebrate those narrative films that imaginatively incorporate nonfiction strategies, content and/or modes of production. These films raise provocative questions regarding the assumptions we make about documentary films and illuminate the possible on both sides of the fiction/nonfiction divide. Ten finalists are chosen by votes of our Nominations Committee and the five nominees are selected by editors and writers at Filmmaker Magazine. Previous winners in this category include Matt Porterfield’s Putty Hill (2011), Mike Mills’ Beginners (2012) and Jem Cohen’s “Museum Hours” (2013)

Post Tenebras Lux

Nominated for Heterodox Award

Carlos Reygadas’ POST TENEBRAS LUX is a landscape of possibility, vibrantly alert to the tensions of class, family and desire, pulsating with life. The film tells the story of Juan (Adolfo Castro) and Natalia (Nathalia Acevedo) and their two young...

Neighboring Sounds

Nominated for Heterodox Award

Those sounds you hear in Kleber Mendonça Filho’s magnificently sculpted fiction feature debut, about life on one upscale street in the bustling Brazilian city of Recife, are the kind that ruins your sleep, disturbs the illusion of security and echoes...

Escape from Tomorrow

Nominated for Heterodox Award

Jim White is an average American family man, mostly content to exist within his humdrum reality. At the tail end of a theme park vacation with his loving wife and two beautiful children, he is awakened by an unsettling phone...

Computer Chess

Nominated for Heterodox Award

These days any dumbphone is smart enough to put even a chess grandmaster in his place. It was different though back in the early 1980s. Back then, nerds of all ages would get together, make bets on how much longer...

Interior. Leather Bar.

Nominated for Heterodox Award

When William Friedkin’s film Cruising was screened in competition at the Berlinale in 1980 it unleashed a wave of controversy – and not just at the festival. Gay activists accused the film, in which Al Pacino plays an undercover cop...

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