The European Film Academy and EFA Productions have announced the documentary section for the European Film Awards, and among the list are two Nordic films out of a total of fifteen.
Ten documentary festivals have recommended to the committee one film which has had its world premiere at the respective festival’s latest programme. This includes the Danish film festival CPH:DOX, among other festivals from around Europe.
Here are the Nordic selections:
Becoming Zlatan tells the story of Swedish association football player Zlatan Ibrahimovic, during his formative years. The documentary includes archival footage and rare interviews with a young Ibrahimovic where he speaks about his personal life and the obstacles he has met along the way. The film follows Ibrahimović from his debut with Swedish club Malmö FF in 1999 through is turbulent years with Dutch club AFC Ajax all the way up to his break through with Italian club Juventus F.C.. The film follows him as a troubled youth with seemingly insurmountable challenges faced in his private life all the way to his break through as an International star on the global stage. As a talented young player Ibrahimović is faced with constant pressure of living up to his expectations, while balancing the challenges he faces at home and in his career path.
The documentary began years ago in director Jon Bang Carlsen’s childhood home in rural Denmark when he committed a dreadful act that still reverberates within him. His father had hung a painting of Jesus above his bed. Every evening before closing his eyes, he would beg the man on the cross to look after his family. When his family collapsed and his father left their home, in spite of all his prayers, young Jon blinded his father’s gift, burning Jesus’ eyes with a glowing poker. Since then the director has travelled the world with his camera to find ways of making up for the damage. His film tells of this journey, mirroring his own life’s story in images and clips from his more than forty films made in a variety of genres.