And the 2012 True Vision Award Goes To…

Posted February 7, 2012
Each year the True/False Film Fest gives the True Vision Award—its only prize—to a director whose work has creatively advanced the field of nonfiction filmmaking. This mid-career award recognizes a director’s creativity and commitment to the art and craft of documentary film. This year’s True Vision recipient, Victor Kossakovsky, is a master of his craft.

Kossakovsky is renowned for his work in Europe and elsewhere. True/False is joining forces with the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York to bring Kossakovsky to the U.S. and expose American audiences to his unique genius. His most recent film, ¡Vivan las Antipodas!, will show at MOMA in late February before it screens at True/False, March 1–4 2012.

Kossakovsky has won awards at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and Dok Leipzig Festival.

¡Vivan las Antipodas! (2011) captures unforgettable imagery of the Earth’s few antipodal pairs: points directly opposite from each other on either end of the globe. Kossakovsky’s film examines four such antipodal pairs: Argentina and China, Spain and New Zealand, Chile and Russia, and Botswana and Hawaii.

The film was met with critical acclaim at its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and at its subsequent showing at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival. Also showing at True/False this year is Kossakovsky’s first film, The Belovs (1994).

For the past nine years, the True Vision Award has honored filmmakers in the prime of their careers, whose work challenges the traditions of documentary, and finds new creative directions in nonfiction filmmaking. Past True Vision winners include Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (2004), Stephen Marshall (2005), Kirby Dick (2006), Brett Morgen (2007), Alex Gibney (2008), Kim Longinotto (2009), Laura Poitras (2010), and James Marsh, in 2011.  The honoree is given a bronze edition of an original sculpture by Columbia artist Larry Young plus $5,000 in credit towards post-production work at AlphaCine Labs in Seattle. This year’s award is sponsored by Timothy D. McGarity, MD.

Read more on Kossakovsky’s ouevre at the True Vision Award Page.

—Sarah Frueh