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FOCAL Awards 2023 Shortlisted Nominees

2023 shortlisted nominations

Moonage Daydream

Director:
Brett Morgen
Producer(s):
Brett Morgen
Footage Archive Producer:
Jessica Berman-Bogdan
Archival Sources:
The Bowie Estate, BBC, Canal +, Reelin in the Years, Getty Images
Production Company:
Public Road Productions Inc.
Country of Production:
United States

Synopsis

Moonage Daydream illuminates the life and genius of David Bowie, one of the most prolific and influential artists of our time.

Told through sublime, kaleidoscopic, never-before-seen footage, performances and music, Brett Morgen’s (The Kid Stays in the Picture, Cobain: Montage of Heck, Jane) feature length experiential cinematic odyssey explores David Bowie’s creative, musical and spiritual journey. The film is guided by David Bowie’s own narration and is the first officially sanctioned film on the artist.

Seeds of Hunger - Ukraine 1933

Director:
Guillaume Ribot
Producer(s):
Estelle Fialon
Footage Archive Producer:
Vladilen Vierny
Archival Sources:
Agentur Karl Hoeffkes, British Film Institute, Kinolibrary, Getty Images, Lobster Films
Production Company:
Les Films du Poisson, Lobster Films
Country of Production:
France

Synopsis

Gareth Jones, a young Welsh journalist, smuggled into Ukraine in March 1933. The region then experienced a completely unprecedented famine, both in terms of its scale and its causes. This famine kept secret and decided by Stalin is political. On his return, the journalist alerts the world but lies and Soviet manipulation triumph. This is the story of the power of inquiry and speech against the state apparatus. This is the story of a mass lie and crime.

Nelly & Nadine

Director:
Magnus Gertten
Producer(s):
Ove Rishøj Jensen
Archive Researcher/ Producer:
Sebastian Claesson, Philippe van Meerbeeck
Archival Sources:
The Mousset Vos Family Archive, SVT - Swedish Television, The Henri Storck Foundation, BBC, Bundesarchiv Deutschland
Production Company:
Auto Images AB, Associate Directors, UpNorth Film
Country of Production:
Sewden, Belgium, Norway

Synopsis

Nelly & Nadine is the unlikely love story between two women falling in love on Christmas Eve, 1944, in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Despite being separated in the last months of the war, Nelly and Nadine manage to later reunite and spend the rest of their life together. For many years their love story was kept a secret, even to some of their closest family. Now Nelly’s grandchild, Sylvie, has decided to open Nelly and Nadine’s unseen personal archives and uncover their remarkable story.

Fire of Love

Director:
Sara Dosa
Producer(s):
Sara Dosa, Shane Boris, Ina Fichman
Footage Archive Producer:
Nancy Marcotte
Archival Sources:
Images de L’Est, l’INA, Sonuma, RTS, NBC Japanese Broadcaster
Production Company:
National Geographic Documentary Films, Sandbox Films Production, Intuitive Pictures, Cottage M Production
Country of Production:
United States

Synopsis

From National Geographic Documentary Films comes the extraordinary love story of intrepid

French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died just as explosively as they lived —

capturing the most spectacular imagery ever recorded of their greatest passion: volcanoes.

Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes

Director:
James Jones
Producer(s):
Serhiy Solodko, Sasha Odynova
Footage Archive Producer:
Joanna Marshall
Archival Sources:
Bordenyuk, Getty Images, Kaleidoscope, Gosfilmofond, CNN
Production Company:
Top Hat Productions Ltd
Country of Production:
United Kingdom

Synopsis

The story of the Chernobyl nuclear accident is told through archive shot by multiple Eastern Block camera crews at the time of the disaster. Interviews of those who were there at the time were laid under the archive.

The archive was shot at great risk in the hours, days, weeks and months after the accident by cameramen positioned inside the plant. These cameramen lived side by side with the “liquidators” who went to incredible and often fatal lengths to try to prevent another explosion. We also show footage of the liquidators in hospital where many suffered horrific deaths caused by exposure to radiation. Though many of the rescue workers died, a surprising number who appear prominently in the footage are still alive today. We used interviews with people involved in the original key moments of the footage. A lot of the interviews were freshly recorded, others from archive.

We also feature archive of the town of Pripyat, the closest to the nuclear plant, both before and after the disaster. Through the archive and interview we will tell the tale of the people moved and the effects on their lives.