5 December 2012 9:57 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Everybody's making their 2012 lists, and posting them twice, and at last the Academy's doc shortlist was nice. And Sundance just announced the bulk of next year's documentary festival and awards brew. And here's a naughty nonfiction wish list for the upcoming year that I hope doesn't become true: "The Expedition To The End Of The World" (Daniel Dencik, Denmark, 88') It's the heavy metal b-side to "Chasing Ice," with more than a dash of Herzogian sublime and humour. Artists and scientists drift through remote inlets in Northeast Greenland on a magnificent wooden schooner, riffing on the big questions of environment and existence. "Elena" (Petra Costa, Brazil, 82') A poetic, personal melodrama, in the good way. The filmmaker sets out for New York in search of her actress sister, who she hasn't seen since childhood. Memory, loss and yearning mingle dreamily in this striking elegy. »

- Sean Farnel

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