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529 Ratings


Directed by Jeff Malmberg
United States, 2010


After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in “Marwencol”, a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

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Marwencol Directed by Jeff Malmberg

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2011 | Winner: Truer Than Fiction Award

2011 | Nominee: Best Documentary

SXSW Film Festival

2010 | 2 wins including: Competition Award (Documentary Features Competition)

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2010 | Nominee: Best Documentary

It models how a film can get close to its subject through simple but eloquent choices around camera, lighting, and editing, angles from which documentaries are too rarely reviewed by content-focused critics and audiences, and options that sometimes fly out the window when big studios subsidize the possibility of more grandiose approaches.
January 05, 2019
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Marwencol, by Jeff Malmberg is a striking, unusual documentary about Mark Hogancamp, the victim of a brutal attack who recovers by using dolls and action figures to create a fantasy World War II version of his life. Hogancamp’s world is a highly immersive work of art, fashioned after the mythology of World War II as found in countless war movies.
November 11, 2015
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It’s all inherently fascinating, and Malmberg neither gawks nor builds up a condescending outsider-artist mythology around his subject, making Marwencol not just a curio-doc with an above-average hook, but an insightful perspective on the uses and limits of fantasy.
November 04, 2015
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