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Flee Leads 2022 Cinema Eye Honors Nominations

Animated doc lands eight noms

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Flee leads this year’s nominations from the Cinema Eye Honors. The animated documentary directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen scored eight mentions from Cinema Eye. The doc competes for honours including Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Feature Filmmaking, Direction, and a mention in the non-competitive “Unforgettables” category for the doc’s chief subject, Amin. The film shares Amin’s story of fleeing his home in Afghanistan and internalising the feeling of flight while concealing his identity as a gay man. Flee is a triple-threat Oscar contender in the categories for documentary, animation, and Best International Feature where it is Denmark’s submission. (Subscribe to read more about Flee in our next issue.)

Coming up next in the Cinema Eye Honors nominations is The Rescue with six mentions. The Thai cave rescue doc by E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin scored in numerous technical categories and Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Feature Filmmaking. Surprisingly, the Oscar-winning duo missed in the directing category. Summer of Soul … (Or When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) also scored six nominations for Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s doc debut about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. Soul also competes with Flee and The Rescue in the CinemaEye Honors’ Audience Award race, which has fifteen nominees.

Also vying for the top prize are Ascension, Faya Dayi, and The Velvet Underground. Each doc scored five nominations. Winners will be announced on January 13, 2022.

 

The 2022 Cinema Eye Honors nominees are as follows:

 

Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Feature Filmmaking

Ascension

Faya Dayi

Flee

The Rescue

Summer of Soul

The Velvet Underground

 

Outstanding Achievement in Direction

Jessica Kingdom – Ascension

Jessica Behir – Faya Dayi

Jonas Poher Rasmussen – Flee

Nanfu Wang – In the Same Breath

Robert Greene – Procession

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson – Summer of Soul

 

Outstanding Achievement in Production

The First Wave

Flee

In the Same Breath

President

The Rescue

 

Outstanding Achievement in Editing

Homeroom

The Rescue

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

Summer of Soul

The Velvet Underground

 

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

All Light, Everywhere

Ascension

Cusp

Faya Dayi

The Rescue

 

Outstanding Achievement in Original Score

All Light, Everywhere

Ascension

Flee

Julia

malni: towards the ocean, towards the shore

Procession

 

Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design/Animation

Becoming Cousteau

Flee

Rebel Hearts

The Sparks Brothers

Wojnarowicz: F*ck You F*ggot F*cker

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

All Light, Everywhere

Faya Dayi

Flee

Summer of Soul

The Velvet Underground

 

Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature

Ascension

A Cop Movie

Faya Dayi

Jacinta

Summer of Soul

 

Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Short Filmmaking

Águilas

Broken House

Don’t Go Tellin Your Momma

Terror Contagion

Three Songs for Benazir

 

Spotlight Award

Fruits of Labor

The Neutral Ground

North By Current

Socks on Fire

Two Gods

 

Heterodox Award

Bo Burnham, Inside

A Cop Movie

The Inheritance

El Planeta

The Souvenir, Part II

 

Audience Choice

 

Becoming Cousteau

Billie Eilish – The World’s a Little Blurry

Flee

Homeroom

Julia

Lily Topples the World

Listening to Kenny G

The Rescue

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It

Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain

The Sparks Brothers

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Try Harder!

The Velvet Underground

Writing with Fire

 

The 2022 Unforgettables

Flee | Amin

Homeroom | Denilson Garibo

Introducing, Selma Blair | Selma Blair

Jacinta | Jacinta

Lily Topples the World | Lily Hevesh

Listening to Kenny G | Kenny G

Mr. Bachmann and His Class | Mr. Bachmann

My Name is Pauli Murray | Pauli Murray

Not Going Quietly | Ady Barkan

Procession | Joe Eldred, Mike Foreman, Ed Gavagan, Dan Laurine, Michael Sandridge and Tom Viviano

The Rescue | Rick Stanton

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It | Rita Moreno

Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain | Anthony Bourdain

The Sparks Brothers | Ron Mael and Russell Mael

Writing with Fire | Meera

 

Legacy Award

The Watermelon Woman – Cheryl Dunye (director), Alexandra Juhasz (producer), Barry Swimar (producer)

Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association.

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