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After its world premiere in the official Competition of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival where “The Salesman” won Best Actor and Best Screenplay Awards, it is now completing its tour around the festival circuit and its international sales agent Memento has sold all rights around the world. It is short listed along with eight other films for the Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and it may well be Farhadi’s second Oscar after winning the 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for “A Separation”. The announcement of the five nominations takes place January 24 and the Oscar Awards ceremony is February 26.
Forced out of their apartment due to dangerous works on a neighboring building, Emad and Rana move into a new flat in the center of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant dramatically changes the young couple’s life. “The Salesman” stars Shahab Hosseini »
- Sydney Levine
We've reached the end of our Year in Review List Making if not the end of the year in review list making -- wait wha?!. Which is to say that we still have our own awards nominations (both Oscar and fun extras) in some 40 categories to come. That's right. It's time for the annual Film Bitch Award Nominations -- our 17th annual prizes (gulp) -- which begin with the age-old tradition of the top ten list.
If The Salesman borrows too liberally from Asghar Farhadi's masterpiece A Separation so be it (let's face it -- all the great auteurs steal from themselves. This is how we recognize their films). It's a riveting drama exposed by destabilizing cracks in the foundations.
Sing Street was the year's most rewarding nostalgia piece causing flashbacks of teenage identity experiments and that usually short lived 'i could be a pop star! »
- NATHANIEL R
Dare I say 2016 feels like a throwback to the stellar work of great auteurs doing their thing in the ’70s without fear of never working in the industry again? We have the science fiction, horror, and western genres all finding their way into awards conversation, and the best dramas have proven themselves to be both timeless in emotion and wholly contemporary when contextualized against our world’s state of political flux. Cinema has not only found a way to resonate in an inclusive manner; it’s also transcended surface appearances to start conversations we desperately need.
To my mind, there are six four-star films on this list, along with more than a few that could easily add a half-star to equal them. My inability to include La La Land, American Honey, and Captain Fantastic only proves that talk of 2016 being sub-par is completely unfounded. Once I catch-up to some foreign favorites (e. »
- Jared Mobarak
3 items from 2017
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