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Sigourney Weaver to receive festival’s Donostia Award.
A Monster Calls, in which Weaver co-stars alongside Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall and Liam Neeson, was produced by Apaches Entertainment, Telecinco Cinema and Películas La Trini, and will be distributed by Universal Pictures International Spain.
The Spanish film is based on Patrick Ness’s novel of the same name which tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy struggling with his mother’s illness who is helped by a monster who comes to him in the middle of the night.
The third feature film in Bayona’s career, A Monster Calls closes a trilogy of tales that focuses on the bond shared by mothers and children. Bayona’s next project will be the sequel to Jurassic World.
Born Again: Parker Resuscitates Turner Narrative in Painful Labor of Love
An odd, continued legacy of unquestioned applause greets the reception of actor Nate Parker’s commendable directorial debut, The Birth of a Nation, a powerful and grotesque revival of a slave rebellion led by Nat Turner, a man who’s most revered account heretofore was a celebrated novel by William Styron. The referenced legacy is in relation to highly regarded depictions of black lives in film and the sort of acknowledgment reserved for an incomprehensibly small number of these items made by or featuring black artists. As a cultural trend concerning the glaring whiteness of another set of Oscar nominees for this year’s ‘best’ efforts in American filmmaking rages on around us, Parker’s film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it took home both the Audience and Grand Jury Prize—but neither its subject matter or »
- Nicholas Bell
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