3 items from 2015
Director: Michael Radford
Running Time: 93 mins
The elderly have been getting a pretty raw deal from the media in recent years. Seemingly every film, TV show or advert will tolerate them, as long as they’re taking off their cardigans, putting down their cups of tea and doing everything they can to act like “the youth”. Growing old disgracefully has never been so popular, so it was with trepidation that I approached Elsa & Fred, a remake of a European film about an elderly pair stoking the embers of love against the recurring visual backdrop of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.
- Steve Palace
Produced by Vania Catani’s Bananeira Films and helmed by Brazilian actor-turned-director Selton Mello, whose “The Clown” was Brazil’s Oscar entry, “A Movie Life” adapts the book “Un padre de pelicula” by Chilean Antonio Skarmeta, one of whose other novels was turned by Michael Radford into “Il Postino.”
A rites-of-passage story of big dreams in 1960s small-town Brazil, it turns on Tony, who returns from college to his home town in the sleepy sierras of southern Brazil. His father has fled home. Tony becomes a teacher, courts a local girl, and frequents a cinema in a neighboring town that harbors a shocking surprise.
- John Hopewell
By Anjelica Oswald
With the addition of Marion Cotillard’s lead actress nomination for the Belgian film Two Days, One Night, 32 actors and actresses have been nominated for their performances in foreign-language films. Cotillard was nominated for her role as a young mother and wife struggling to salvage her job in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes’ film, which was chosen as Belgium’s submission to the foreign-language category but failed to secure a spot on the Oscar shortist.
Though her performance did land a Critics’ Choice Award nomination, the Oscar nomination did come as a surprise for many pundits.
Cotillard was previously nominated for the French foreign-language film La Vie En Rose (2007) and won. She is one of six actors or actresses to win for a non-English role and is also the most recent winner.
The first acting nomination for a foreign-language performance went to Sophia Loren in 1962 for »
- Anjelica Oswald
3 items from 2015
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