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519 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

Critics reviews

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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Marwencol doesn’t try to sell or dazzle with an exhibitionism that keeps us at a distance… Jeff Malmberg made this film distinctive through an odd intersection of two fields that often combat each other – directing and editing. The editor is the first real audience member to see a film, and he has to pull it from the realm of the abstract into something that makes a viewer respond.
April 12, 2011
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