Academy Award Nominations 2018: Some Commentary

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My favourite to win: The Shape of Water 

It is a bit of a surprise that “Phantom Thread” as well as “Get Out” made this list. “Get Out” is a horror (not the Academy Awards’ favourite genre), which was released a bit less than one year ago. Even though it is good to see the Academy nominating such a dark-horse, the amazement is still there. For all its unforgettably tense psychological atmosphere, “Get Out” is still a flawed film (see my review here), and one may  wonder whether, as with “Moonlight” the year before, there were not some “race politics” involved in this decision as well. On the other hand, such a great film as “The Florida Project” is nowhere to be seen here, which is astounding. I guess the Academy thought that by nominating “Call Me By Your Name”, they would be done with it when it comes to paying their dues and nominating aesthetically-pleasing, independent-spirited films. The limit is ten nominees per category, and, surely, “The Florida Project” deserves its tenth place on this list.  Continue reading “Academy Award Nominations 2018: Some Commentary”

BFI London Film Festival 2017

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Yesterday was the last day of the BFI London Film Festival 2017, which ran between 4-15 October 2017, and I thought I would comment on the Best Film Award winner, on some other nominees, as well as on some of the films that took part in various special galas. The films of the Festival reflected today’s global challenges, while also emphasising various nations’ peculiar traditions and highlighting truly personal stories behind broader themes.

I. Official Competition – Best Film Award: 

Winner – “Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev)

Coming from Andrey Zvyagintsev, the man behind such critically-acclaimed films as “Leviathan” (2014) and “The Return” (2003), “Loveless” is another well-made film about a couple who lose their son during difficult time of divorce. “Loveless” has already made commotion (in a very positive sense) at the Cannes Film Festival, and all points to a drama which as emotionally devastating as it is thought-provoking. 

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The Golden Unicorn Awards & Russian Film Week 2017

The Russian Film Week, an annual London’s film festival, was initiated in 2016. The Golden Unicorn Awards is part of this exciting event, and the patrons of the festival include such well-known British actors as Ralph Fiennes (“The English Patient” (1996)) and Brian Cox (“The Autopsy of Jane Doe” (2016)).

The 2017 Russian Film Week will run from 19 to 26 November 2017 and will feature such already acclaimed Russian-language films as Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless“, Todorovskiy’s Bolshoi” and Kiselev’s “Spacewalk(er)“. Don’t miss, if you can go!