Neon Bull (Boi Neon), Gabriel Mascaro
Neon Bull

Five films have been nominated for the Cinema Eye Honors Heterodox Award – honoring films that actively blur the line between narrative fiction and documentary. For the first time in Cinema Eye history, two films that are nominated for Cinema Eye’s nonfiction film craft honors are also nominated for the Heterodox Award.

The five films nominated this year for the Cinema Eye Heterodox Award are:

All These Sleepless Nights
Directed by Michal Marczak

The Fits
Directed by Anna Rose Holmer

Kate Plays Christine
Directed by Robert Greene

Mountains May Depart
Directed by Jia Zhangke

Neon Bull
Directed by Gabriel Mascaro

In nonfiction nominations announced last month in Brooklyn, All These Sleepless Nights was nominated for Outstanding Cinematography and Outstanding Original Score and Kate Plays Christine was nominated for Outstanding Direction. Both films debuted in the Documentary Competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

The other three nominees continue the celebration of international cinema that the Heterodox award is known for. The Fits and Neon Bull debuted at the 2015 Venice International Film Festival, Mountains May Depart celebrated its World Premiere at Cannes that same year.

“Cinema Eye was established 10 years ago to recognize documentary as an inherently artistic medium” said Cinema Eye Founding Director AJ Schnack. “The Heterodox Award is our way of recognizing films from around the world that celebrate that blurry line. We’re also excited to see All These Sleepless Nights and Kate Plays Christine nominated for Heterodox and for our nonfiction awards. This speaks directly to this creative moment in filmmaking and the ways filmmakers are confidently playing with the form to create increasingly bold and innovative works.”

This marks the seventh year for the Heterodox Award at Cinema Eye. Previous winners of the award are Matt Porterfield’s Putty Hill (2011), Mike Mills’ Beginners (2012), Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours (2013), Carlos Reygados’s Post Tenebras Lux (2014), Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (2015) and Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (2016).

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