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Nov 12 2015

AFI Awards: Mustang,James White,and More...

Deniz & AliceThe Los Angeles AFI Festival,presented by Audi,ends tonight with the premiere of Paramount'sThe Big Shortwith it's all star (male) cast.But two women we're instant new fans of were the winners.First time feature directorDeniz Gamze Ergüvenand second time feature directorAlice Winocourboth had films in the fest (Mustang,which they cowrote and Ergüven directed,andDisorder,which was titledMarylandwhen it first debuted at Cannes,which Winocour wrote and directed.)Mustangopens in NY & LA a week from tomorrow.Disorderis due in March next year.They're both very much worth seeing so keep an eye on these two very talented women.I know we will.

NEW AUTEURS AWARDS

Jury:  Inkoo Kang (TheWrap),Sheri Linden (The Hollywood Reporter,Los Angeles Times) and Nigel M.Smith (The Guardian).

New Auteurs Grand Jury Award:Land and Shade(César Augusto Acevedo)
The jury cited it's  "visual eloquence,formal rigor and emotional power"in painting a portrait of a rural family in Colombia and its observations about the explotation of the poor and environmental degradation

more prizes follow...

Special Jury Mention for Direction: Alice Winocour forDisorder
The Jury honored her for her "taut and muscular direction"as well as for subverting genre expectations.Kieran reviewed the film for us here...and I'm alsoan instant fanof this director.(This is her second full length feature)

Special Jury Mention for Screenplay: Lorenzo Vigas forDesde Allá
This LGBT drama about a wealthy closeted gay man and a young thief who robs him but keeps returning,previously reviewed at TIFF by Amir,was honored for its heartbreaking authenticity and "keen insights"into relationships.

GRAND JURY AWARDS,LIVE ACTION AND ANIMATED SHORT

special jury mention of "Teeth,"an animated short

AFI is an Oscar qualifying festival for the Oscars which means you might see these winners pop up again亚博主页APP亚博娱乐 .The jury: filmmaker Janicza Bravo,producer Keith Calder and the British Film Commission's Tara Halloran.

Grand Jury Award for Live Action Short:Boys(Isabella Carbonell)
Grand Jury Award for Animated Short:World of Tomorrow(Don Hertzfeldt)
The jury called this one "Funny.Scary.Heartbreaking.Original."You can watch it online.You may recall that our former team member Michael Cusumano,alas not writing anymore and we miss him,was quoted in the original commercials fromthis review from Sundance.
Live Action Short Special Mention for Innovative Storytelling:Rate Me(Fyzal Boulifa)
Live Action Short Special Mention for Nonfiction Filmmaking:The Reagan Shorts(Pacho Velez)
This triptych of shorts about Ronald and Nancy Reagan was honored by the jury for shining a light on "the marriage of politics and performance."
Animated Short Special Jury Mention for Screenwriting:Teeth(Tom Brown & Daniel Gray)
Animated Short Special Jury Mention for Creative Vision:Manoman(Simon Cartwright)

And finally the...

AUDIENCE AWARDS

James White,a compelling mother/son drama with great performances

World Cinema Audience Award:Landfill Harmonic(Brad Allgood,Graham Townsley,and Juliana Penaranda-Loftus)
New Auteurs Audience Award:Mustang(Deniz Gamze Ergüven)
Previously raved right here byboth Nathanieland Amir.The film opens on November 20th in NY and LA.Will it makethe Oscar list?It's a tough call.
American Independents Audience Award:James White(Josh Mond)
Kieran loved it hardin his AFI reviewand I can attest that Cynthia Nixon,who is just an Oscar short of an EGOT,is sensational in it.We expect her nominated at the Spirit Awards.She didn't factor inat the Gothamsbut they don't have a supporting category.The film opens in NY tomorrow and will be in LA shortly,too.
Breakthrough Audience Award:Ma(Celia Rowlson-Hall)

Of the four winners,three were directed or co-directed by women!How about that?Diversity in directing really is the topic of 2015.

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I loved James White.Nixon is a sure Spirit nominee but I sure hope Abbott gets one too.It's a lovely performance

November 12,2015 | Unregistered CommenterSelma

I was wondering what happened to Michael C.,one of my favorite reviewers on the site.I hope he's well!

November 13,2015 | Unregistered CommenterSan FranCinema

Oh,good to see Landfill Harmonic won the World cinema Audience Award.
Those kid's life really have been changed.
Not exactly a paraguayan cinema but feels good how the visibility of the country trough movies has been increasing in this past ten years.

November 13,2015 | Unregistered CommenterChatan

"Diversity in directing really is the topic of 2015."

Oh,I wish that was really the case,but we all know that come January 14th the only directors we'll take about will be middle aged men.

November 13,2015 | Unregistered CommenterBJT

BJT -- well,it's definitely the case.January 14th won't reflect that but you know how long it takes the movies to change.The conversation in 2015 about this (along with the rise of several fine female talents) is making me feel optimistic about the future.

November 13,2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Sorry,automatic cynicism.

November 13,2015 | Unregistered CommenterBJT

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