The 52nd annual New York Film Festival (September 26 – October 11) saw it’s share of Oscar contenders, though only six of last year’s twenty Oscar nominations were screened at The New York Film Festival (NYFF), this year boasts a host of talent which may tilt the results in favor of NYFF’s this year, at least when it comes to bragging rights.
The NYFF generally runs over the course of sixteen days, though only a few of the screenings are actual “world premieres,” the festival boasts an international array of films as well as the blockbuster hits that most of us will be talking about throughout the holiday movie season.
The three biggest premiers were Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman (starring Michael Keaton), David Fincher’s Gone Girl (Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck) and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice (Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin).
Though there hasn’t been much consensus for Best Picture, though there has been quite bit of chatter around Richard Linklater’s Boyhood,
Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaption of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice shows Best Picture promise, though it may be “too dark” for Academy voters, and Gone Girl may suffer from the same reluctance.
Either way, Rosamund Pike‘s performance in Gone Girl will surely lead to a Best Actress nomination and Michael Keaton could make a run in the Best Actor category for Birdman.
Other Oscar candidates could include Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Edward Norton and Josh Brolin.
It’s still early in the race to stay tuned for more. The Academy Awards will be presented on February 22, 2016.
Kristen Stewart Gets Standing Ovation After Getting Booed At Cannes
[dropcap]P[/dropcap]oor Kristen Stewart has been getting some seriously mixed messages at the Cannes Film Festival.
Her latest film Personal Shopper debuted to extremely opposite reviews at the prestigious movie event this week. On Monday, it was greeted by a booing audience, while on the following day, it received a standing ovation. Not a short one, either–the audience went wild for a full four-and-a-half minutes.
The ghostly film follows Stewart, who plays a woman living in Paris, as she deals with her brother’s death. Before he died, the siblings promised that the first to pass would send the other some sort of sign from the other side.
Personal Shopper is directed by Oliver Assayas (Paris, je t’aime) and also stars Anders Danielsen Lie and Lars Eidinger.
At a press conference following the booed screening, Assayas seemed to roll with the punches. “When you come to Cannes, you’re prepared for everything and you just go with the flow,” he said. “It happens to me once in a while, where people just don’t get the ending.”
Stewart, too, had a positive outlook on the criticism. “Everybody did not boo. Let’s be clear,” she said.
Read more to see what Stewart had to say about Assayas:
The 2014 Beacon Independent Film Festival (Sept 9-12)
The Beacon Independent Film Festival (BIFF) showcases creative films in a unique venue, nestled among the trees at the foot of Mount Beacon, NY (about 2 hours north of New York City).
The festival opens Friday, 9/18 at 7:30pm. Check the listing here for the lineup.
From the Beacon website:
Join us for a weekend of terrific films, events, awesome food and all-around fun! This year’s festival is from September 18 – 20 at the University Settlement Camp theatre.
Tribeca Film Festival Showcases Winning Indie Films
Founded by 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff and Robert De Niro, The Tribeca Film Festival runs in lower Manhattan from April 16-27. The festival is typically heavy on indie films but the categories range from documentaries, feature films, shorts and family-friendly films.
In addition to panels and discussions with entertainment luminaries and artists alike, there’s also a music lounge partnership with ASACP to showcase up and coming recording artists. Another cool part of the festival is the the Artists Awards program, which celebrates filmmakers by awarding winners with original works of art.
On of this year’s big winners, Talya Lavie’s “Zero Motivation,” is a comedy about a unit of young women in the Israeli Army and focuses on the hum-drum daily life on a desert army base.
The film won best narrative feature the femme-centric Nora Ephron Prize, for a total of $50,000 in prize winnings.
Marshall Curry’s “Point and Shoot” took home the award for best feature documentary.
Point and Shoot is the story of a relatively sheltered American kid who decides to take a “crash course in manhood” by traveling across the Arab world, coincidentally, at the start of the Arab Spring.
For a full list of winners visit the Tribeca Film Festival Website.
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