A five-person jury selected 15 documentaries for the shortlist. The members of the European Film Academy will now decide which five will be considered for the award that will be presented in December.
Pieter-Jan De Pue’s "The land of the enlightened" is a documentary about the hard life of children in Afghanistan. The film has already won the Special Jury Prize for Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival in the United States. The documentary also won prizes at Documenta Madrid, DocAviv and Tarkovsky Festival in Russia.
In addition to "The land of the enlightened", two Belgian-Dutch co-productions are also in the running for a nomination. Tom Fassaert’s “A Family Affair” in which he tell the story of his own family and Sergei Loznitsa’s “The Event”, which is a co-production with the Belgian Film Archive Cinematek, are both in the running.
The other contenders
"21x New York" (Poland), "A German Life" (Austria), "Becoming Zlatan" (Sweden, the Netherland, Italy), "Déjà vu" (Denmark), "Europe, She Loves" (Switzerland, Germany), "Fire at Sea" (Italy, France), "Herr von Bohlen" (Germany), "Lost and Beautiful" (Italy), "Mallory" (Czech Republic), "Mr. Gaga" (Israel, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands), "The Longest Run" (Greece) and "We'll be Alright" (France).