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134 Semi-Finalists for Best Documentary Feature

Whoopsy. I forgot to share this list... Herewith the films that could be up for Best Documentary Feature this year. We'll get a finalist of 15 at some point next month followed by 5 nominees in January "until we crown A Winnah!" If we've reviewed the titles, you'll notice their pretty color which you can then click on to read about them. The magic of the internet. You can also see the animated and documentary Oscar charts here.

The 134 Semi-Finalists

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Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq, Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, Algorithms, Alive Inside, All You Need Is Love, Altina, America: Imagine the World without Her, American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, Anita, Antarctica: A Year on Ice, Art and Craft, Awake: The Life of Yogananda, The Barefoot Artist, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Before You Know It, Bitter Honey, Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity, Botso The Teacher from Tbilisi,
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134 Documentaries Compete For Oscar

One hundred thirty-four features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 87th Academy Awards. A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

“Algorithms”

Alive Inside

“All You Need Is Love”

“Altina”

America: Imagine the World without Her

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

“Anita”

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

“Art and Craft”

“Awake: The Life of Yogananda”

“The Barefoot Artist”

The Battered Bastards of Baseball

Before You Know It

“Bitter Honey”

Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

“Botso The Teacher from Tbilisi”

Captivated The Trials of Pamela Smart

The Case against 8

“Cesar’s Last Fast”

Citizen Koch

“CitizenFour”

Code Black

Concerning Violence

The Culture High

“Cyber-Seniors”

“DamNation”

Dancing in Jaffa

Death Metal Angola

“The Decent One”

Dinosaur 13

“Do You Know What My Name Is?
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AMPAS receives 134 doc submissions

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AMPAS receives 134 doc submissions
Citizenfour, Life Itself, Red Army, Warsaw Uprising among long-list contenters for the 87th Academy Awards.

The Salt Of The Earth, Happy Valley, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, Food Chains and Point And Shoot are also named.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

20,000 Days On Earth

Afternoon Of A Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

Algorithms

Alive Inside

All You Need Is Love

Altina

America: Imagine The World Without Her

American Revolutionary: The Evolution Of Grace Lee Boggs

Anita

Antarctica: A Year On Ice

Art And Craft

Awake: The Life Of Yogananda

The Barefoot Artist

The Battered Bastards Of Baseball

Before You Know It

Bitter Honey

Born To Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

Botso The Teacher From Tbilisi

Captivated The Trials Of Pamela Smart

The Case Against 8

Cesar’s Last Fast

Citizen Koch

Citizenfour

Code Black

Concerning Violence

The Culture High

Cyber-Seniors

Damnation

Dancing In Jaffa

Death Metal Angola

The
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Oscars: 134 Pics Vie For Best Feature Documentary

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Oscars: 134 Pics Vie For Best Feature Documentary
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its list of 134 film vying for the Best Feature Documentary Oscar at the 87th Annual Academy Awards in February. A number of the nonfic hopefuls have yet to get their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Those that don’t will be cut from the contention. A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December. Oscar noms will be revealed January 15, and ABC will broadcast Hollywood’s Big Night live on February 22 from the Dolby Theatre.

Here are the docu feature submissions:

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

Algorithms

Alive Inside

All You Need Is Love

Altina

America: Imagine the World without Her

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Anita

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Art and Craft

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

The Barefoot Artist

The Battered Bastards of Baseball
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134 Documentary Features To Vie for Oscar

134 Documentary Features To Vie for Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced Friday that 134 films have been submitted for the documentary feature category for the 87th Academy Awards.

A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December.

Several of the 134 films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. The Acad this year has stricter rules in this matter (Variety, June 27). Every year, AMPAS tweaks its rules and now requirements state that a docu must screen “a minimum of four times daily during their qualifying theatrical releases in both New York and Los Angeles. The screenings must begin between noon and 10 p.m., and at least one screening daily must begin between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.”

This clamps down on documakers whose films screened once a day at a non-prime hour (like 11 a.m.) so they would technically qualify, though those films often remained below the radar to voters — and to the public.
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More than 100 Documentary Features Up for the 87th Academy Awards

One hundred thirty-four features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 87th Academy Awards®. Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category's other qualifying rules in order to advance in the voting process. A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December. Films submitted in the Documentary Feature category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories. The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. Pt in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar
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Plot for Peace Is an Enthralling Doc About Preventing War

Plot for Peace Is an Enthralling Doc About Preventing War
A shadowy figure with a habit of making deals to line his own pockets inserts himself into global politics, helping to end wars and topple South Africa's apartheid system. It sounds like the premise to a television show like, say, The Blacklist, but the documentary Plot for Peace reveals how real that kind of intrigue can be. French commodity trader Jean-Yves Ollivier in the mid 1980s had the francs and the chutzpah to leverage his business acumen and high-level African contacts to meddle in the Cold War–fueled conflict in Angola and, ultimately, in South Africa's bleak politics. Ollivier is a delightful character, and it's nice that this is a documentary — he'd be played in a Hollywood thriller by some handsome rogue. But he's a bespectacled,...
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The mysterious Monsieur Jacques by Anne-Katrin Titze

Designer Herbert Kasper with "Monsieur Jacques" Jean-Yves Ollivier in Carlos Agulló and Mandy Jacobson's integral Plot For Peace: "There was a similarity between the situation in Algeria and the one I found in South Africa." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Beverly Johnson and Herbert Kasper hosted a special screening of Plot For Peace in New York at Florence Gould Hall with Jean-Yves Ollivier in conversation and an after party at the home of designer Kasper. Among those attending were Ajak Deng, journalist Bill Blakemore, seen in Rodney Ascher's Room 237, Yvonne Durant, Celia Weston, Bill Wright, June Terry and John J. Daniszewski (AP's VP Senior Managing Editor).

In my conversation with Jean-Yves Ollivier at Kasper's, Bertrand Tavernier's Quai d'Orsay (The French Minister) morphed into Volker Schlöndorff's Diplomatie (Diplomacy), while Albert Camus' mother and his Algerian roots were stated as influencing him.

Jean-Yves Ollivier with Nelson Mandela
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'Plot for Peace,' on "Secret History" of End of Apartheid in South Africa, Gets USA Theatrical Run (Trailer)

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Trinity's 'Plot for Peace,' the Secret History of the End of Apartheid in South Africa to Open Theatrically in the U.S. in October Indelible Media presents an African Oral History Production. 1987. Madela is in Jail. South Africa is at War. Enter, The Mysterious Mr. Jacques" Nelson Mandela's release was a plot for peace. An improbable key to Mandela's prison cell was a mysterious French businessman, dubbed "Monsieur Jacques" in classified correspondence. His real name was Jean-Yves Ollivier. His trade secret was trust. Now for the first time, his story is told in the documentary thriller, Plot For Peace. In the mid-1980s, township violence raged in South...
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A Million Colours Review

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A Million Colours finds writer-director Peter Bishai peering into South Africa’s Apartheid yesteryear for his sophomore feature. One might say not just peering, but opening up a past wound to explore the microcosm of the personal within one of history’s great struggles for freedom.

Bishai transforms the past into a vessel for storytelling, opening with a prologue that relays to us that the story we are about to see unfold is the tale of Muntu Ndebele’s (Wandile Molebatsi’s) journey from actor to thief. The theme of storytelling is woven into the fabric of the film as Bishai tailors his drama to the belief that stories are intrinsically weaved into the fabric of the everyday. With this thought to mind perhaps its title refers not to a million shades but rather to the multitude of stories of which a country is threaded together with; a series of
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what’s on Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, Curzon on Demand (from Apr 14)

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: far from perfect, but its humor is nearly Monty Python-esque, much more deliciously absurd and creatively bizarre than its predecessor [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to streaming

G.B.F.: sharp satire cutting through the sweet silliness makes this a refreshing change of pace for teen comedies [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Fill the Void: underplayed drama about love and marriage in an orthodox Jewish community never quite catches fire, but does offer a peek into a usually hidden world [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to Amazon Instant

Nothing But the Truth: flawed but earnest and honest journalism drama, with a great performance by Kate Beckinsale [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Now You See Me: most of it makes no sense at all, but who cares? this is cheerful ridiculousness pulled off with panache [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Adventureland:
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Replaying the Plot: An interview with the creators of Plot for Peace

Luke Graham chats to the creators of Plot for Peace...

Plot for Peace, which came out in the UK a few weeks ago, but was first released in November in France, is the revealing documentary about a little-known piece of history. Jean-Ives Ollivier, a French-Algerian businessman, is presented to the audience as an architect for peace in South Africa, working behind the scenes in the corridors of power to bring down apartheid and even, as the film implies, help bring about the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990.

The story of this unassuming Frenchmen, a commodities trader who made his fortune selling grain, was initially discovered by Mandy Jacobson (Calling the Ghosts), the producer and director of Plot for Peace. A veteran documentary-maker, she had already made four documentaries about Nelson Mandela for Sabc:

“I run a project for a foundation which has started a very ambitious heritage project
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Dangerous Acts Review

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Dealing with the subject of “The Last Dictator of Europe”, the deprivation of human rights and oppression that forces people into exile, it is easy to label Dangerous Acts “important.” If for no other reason this is because films such as Madeleine Sackler’s documentary are holding a fundamentally important discussion and reflection of our contemporary world. The question that needs to be answered however is whether the artistic merit is equal to the importance of the subject matter? Fortunately, Dangerous Acts is that “important” film, in consideration of both artistic merit and subject matter.

If cinema is torn between reality and fiction, then alongside the recent documentary Plot for Peace which told the until then untold story of the mysterious “Monsieur Jacques” who helped free Mandela and end apartheid in South Africa, Dangerous Acts is a further testament that compelling narratives lie in the fabric of the reality of the everyday.
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Guy Lodge's DVDs and downloads

Philomena is released in time for Mother's Day, while a Mubi tie-in adds to a strong week for documentary

Aesthetically more at home on DVD than it was in cinemas – not that it didn't pull in the crowds – Stephen Frears's Philomena (Fox, 12) hits shelves in perfect time for what will surely be robust Mother's Day sales. Still, unlike most titles reserved for that dread marketing assault (why does everyone in retail assume any mum's favourite colour is baby pink?), there's a reserved dignity to this effective little tearjerker. That owes less to Frears's autopilot direction than a script – co-written by Steve Coogan – that packs surprising layers of moral and political adjustment into what is otherwise too-tidily packaged melodrama. You've doubtless already heard the story of Philomena Lee, parted from her infant son by the Catholic church and seeking reunion decades later; she's played with grace and good humour by Judi Dench,
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DVD Review - Plot for Peace (2013)

Plot for Peace, 2013.

Directed by Carlos Agulló and Mandy Jacobson.

Synopsis:

A documentary that reveals the untold story of apartheid's fall, and the mysterious French businessman who was instrumental in Nelson Mandela's release from jail.

Originally released in France in November last year, Plot for Peace is an intriguing documentary about an inconspicuous businessman named Jean-Yves Ollivier, whose mild-mannered dabbling in African politics helped avert crises, end apartheid and free Nelson Mandela.

Ollivier, a French-Algerian, made a fortune trading cereal, oil and coal around Europe and Africa, and, as the documentary reveals, used his extensive contacts and influence during the 1980s in an attempt to end apartheid and assist in bringing peace to Africa. The continent was heavily divided, not only over apartheid in South Africa, but politically: this was the height of the Cold War and many African states were Marxist or Communist.

The documentary begins quietly, with Ollivier playing Solitaire,
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Need for Speed in pole position at UK box office but Under the Skin infectious

Video game adaptation takes top spot, Grand Budapest Hotel gives Wes Anderson his best live-action gross ever and Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi horror vindicates slow roll-out

• Full week-by-week UK box office analysis

The winner

Arriving with £2.01m including previews of £469,000, Need for Speed dethrones 300: Rise of an Empire to occupy the chart summit, in the process becoming the lowest-grossing chart-topper of 2014. In fact, Need for Speed has delivered the lowest weekend takings for a top title since last October. Sunny skies at the weekend are likely to have reduced box-office, although with temperatures cooling just in time for the crucial evening showtimes, warm spring weather is usually less detrimental to a film's success than hot sunshine at the start of the summer.

Need for Speed is the first lead role in a wide release for Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. The 34-year-old was last seen on the big screen in Smashed,
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The Rocket, Under The Skin, The Zero Theorem: this week's new films

The Rocket | Under The Skin | The Zero Theorem | Suzanne | Veronica Mars | Need For Speed | Plot For Peace

The Rocket (12A)

(Kim Mordaunt, 2013, Aus/Thai/Laos) Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam, Bunsri Yindi. 96 mins

Children are often the best ambassadors for world cinema and so it proves here, in a Laos-set tale that's sympathetic but never condescending. The story centres on a displaced boy burdened by a perceived "curse". But it's told with documentary-like conviction and distinctly local details, from James Brown-worshipping war vets to the unexploded ordnance littering the landscape.

Under The Skin (15)

(Jonathan Glazer, 2013, UK) Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan. Krystof Hádek. 108 mins

Glazer's delectably mystifying sci-fi makes Glasgow look like another planet – as seen through the eyes of Johansson's alien seductress, on the prowl for unsuspecting males. It sounds like a highbrow Species, but the imagery and sustained strangeness put it in a realm of its own.

The Zero Theorem (15)

(Terry Gilliam,
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Plot For Peace Review

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The opening shot to this fascinating documentary shows an unassuming man playing a card game, accompanied by a voiceover. The setting itself feels theatrical, as though subsequent events are a new fictional-feature spin on the release of one of the world’s most iconic statesmen, Nelson Mandela, and the end of Apartheid in South Africa. We soon learn that this is French-Algerian businessman and international diplomat Jean-Yves Ollivier, known as ‘Monsieur Jacques’. He’s real and has quite a story to tell, doing so in an unanticipated fashion.

This well-kept ‘secret weapon’ behind Mandela’s release is supported by on-camera confirmation from a ‘star-studded cast’, including Winnie Mandela (Anc activist and Mandela’s ex), Thabo Mbeki (former President of South Africa) and even Pik Botha (former Minister of Foreign Affairs for South Africa at the time), plus other heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies, etc. The film skilfully uses
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Details For Nationwide Q+As For Upcoming ‘Documentary Thriller’ ‘Plot For Peace’

Heading to cinemas on the 14th March is the superb documentary Plot For Peace, and in the days leading up to release the film’s distributors are putting on some special Q+A’s this week, up and down the country. More on that in a second. First, here’s a little more about the movie.

Plot For Peace is a documentary thriller that tells an untold story behind the secret events leading up to the end of apartheid and ultimately the release of Nelson Mandela.

To some, such as South Africa’s former President Thabo Mbeki, Jean-Yves Ollivier (alias “Monsieur Jacques”) was a mysterious businessman and sanctions buster or a French spy. For others, such as Winnie Mandela and Mozambique’s former President Joaquim Chissano, he was a trusted friend and a man of bold vision.

For the first time, heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spiesand anti-apartheid fighters
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The Grand Budapest Hotel, 300: Rise Of An Empire, Paranoia: this week's new films

The Grand Budapest Hotel | 300: Rise Of An Empire | Wake In Fright | Paranoia | The Stag | Escape From Planet Earth

The Grand Budapest Hotel (15)

(Wes Anderson, 2014, UK/Ger) Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F Murray Abraham, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan. 100 mins

You wonder how long Anderson can keep accumulating star actors and creating ever more elaborate microcosms but, judging by this, he's a long way from running out of steam. It's a witty caper-within-a-reminiscence-within-a-flashback set in interwar Europe, through which Fiennes's debonair concierge must flee, protege lobby boy in tow, after an heiress's murder. It's breathlessly paced and breathtakingly designed, but with a solid core – like a fancy cake with an iron file concealed inside.

300: Rise Of An Empire (15)

(Noam Murro, 2014, Us) Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro. 102 mins

With the bar for violent historical silliness raised by Game Of Thrones, this sequel pitches recklessly into another orgy of fetishised classical warfare with comic-book effects.
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