Award winning The Flowers of War is a 2011 historical drama war film directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Zhang Xinyi, Tong Dawei, Atsuro Watabe, Shigeo Kobayashi and Cao Kefan. The beautifully shot story is set in Nanking, China, during the 1937 Nanking Massacre in the Second Sino-Japanese War. A group of escapees, finding sanctuary in a church compound, try to survive the plight and persecution brought on by the violent invasion of the city.
Pete Hammond from Boxoffice Magazine gave it 4 stars of 5, and said "The Flowers of War is ultimately an inspiring, stirring and unforgettable human drama in the face of a horrifying war. It is highly recommended.
"The Flowers of War is a big movie in every sense of the word, from its kinetic battle scenes to the beautiful photography and impressive performances from a mostly young and inexperienced cast."
'Bale is forthright and emotional in the role, and with a hint of boyish vulnerability, even reminds us of his 13-year-old self in Spielberg's Empire of the Sun.' The Guardian
'As you'd expect, it's beautiful, emotional and exciting, if florid in style. Bale, beauties and English dialogue widen Yimou's appeal.' Empire
Asian Film Awards 2012 Winner of the Asian Film Award for Best Newcomer Ni Ni
Asian Film Critics Association Awards 2012 Winner of the NETPAC Award for Best Picture, Best Director and Best New Performer
Chinese American Film Festival (C.A.F.F.) 2012 Winner of the Golden Angel Award for Outstanding Film
Chinese Film Media Awards 2012 Winner of the Audience Award for Favourite Actor - Dawei Tong and Favorite Actress - Ni Ni
Shanghai Film Critics Awards 2012 Winner of the Film of Merit
Shanghai Film Critics Award winner of Best Actress - Ni Ni
Writers Guild of China Film Association 2012 Winner of the WGC Award for Outstanding Screenplay
Critic Reviews'What makes Nichols' film so satisfying, at least until the melodrama of the final act, is the deftness of the characterisations and the constant sense that things are probably considerably more complex than they're perceived.' Sight and Sound 'An impressively sustained slow-burn parable from writer-director Jeff Nichols, shot with ominous beauty, guarding its mysteries with care.' Daily Telegraph UK 'A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease.' Variety
AwardsAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA 2012 Winner of the Saturn Award for Best Actor - Michael Shannon Best Writing - Jeff Nichols Austin Film Critics Association 2011 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Actor - Michael Shannon Best Supporting Actress - Jessica Chastain Winner of the Austin Film Award - Jeff Nichols Winner of the Breakthrough Artist Award- Jessica Chastain Cannes Film Festival 2011 Winner of the Critics Week Grand Prize - Jeff Nichols Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize for Directors' Fortnight or Critics' Week - Jeff Nichols Winner of the SACD Award - Jeff Nichols New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2011 Winner NYFCC Award for Best Supporting Actress - Jessica Chastain New York Film Critics, Online 2011 Winner of the NYFCO Award for Best Actor - Michael Shannon Breakthrough Performance - Jessica Chastain Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2011 Winner of the TFCA Award for Best Actor - Michael Shannon Best Supporting Actress - Jessica Chastain
Critic Reviews‘Fascinating, witty and heartfelt.’ Times UK ‘Moments of clarity and pragmatism are contradicted by flashes of inanity and dry, if well-delivered humour.’ Little White Lies ‘Departure's cynicism, ironically, is what makes the optimism of its last act so moving.’ London Evening Standard
AwardsAcademy Awards, USA 2009, winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2009, Asia Pacific Screen Award winner of the Best Performance by an Actor Asian Film Awards 2009, winner of the Asian Film Award for Best Actor Hong Kong Film Awards 2010, winner of best asian film
Critic Reviews‘Director-writer Jonathan Hayes piques our interest with incredible camera angles and the spectacular scenery.’ canada.com 'It all feels very Canadian, in good way' Globe & Mail
AwardsWorldFest Houston 2014 Winner of the Special Jury Award for Best Feature Film
Critic Reviews‘It all makes for an absorbing, mischievously amusing yarn, whose climax unfolds with unexpected emotional force.’ Washington Post ‘The tension builds incrementally, reaching almost unbearable heights at its dizzying climax.’ Sight and Sound ‘Reminds us that dreams can come true and men can fly, through the heights of the imagination and the triumph of the human spirit - this a film for all those who ever dared to dream.’ From the Front Row ‘In this exhilarating, palm-moistening documentary by British filmmaker James Marsh (Wisconsin Death Trip), the twin towers are back to celebrate one of their finest moments.’ Film.com
AwardsAcademy Awards, USA 2009 Winner of an Oscar for best documentary, Features BAFTA Awards 2009 Winner of the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film AARP Movies for Grownups Awards 2009 Winner Movies for Grownups Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2008 Winner of Best Edited Documentary Austin Film Critics Association 2008 Winner of Best Documentary British Independent Film Awards 2008 Winner British Independent Film Award for Best British Documentary Film Independent Spirit Awards 2009 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary International Documentary Association 2008 Winner of the IDA Award for best Feature Documentary Sundance Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Audience Award for best in World Cinema - Documentary
Critic Reviews‘Mid90s is alive to the debauchery and obnoxiousness of teenagers, but also to their warmth and loyalty.’ Times (UK) ‘Mid90s cares less about making you laugh than enveloping you in the moment, even when the moments consist of nothing more than killed time - daft small talk, the lazy throb of hip hop, the therapeutic purr and slap of skateboard wheels on concrete.’ Daily Telegraph (UK)
AwardsArt Film Festival 2019 Winner of the Blue Angel for Best Director Golden Trailer Awards 2019 Winner of the Golden Trailer for Most Innovative Advertising for a Feature Film National Board of Review, USA 2018 Winner of the NBR Award for Top Ten Independent Films
Critic Reviews'Dolan loves close-ups and he gives his actors every chance to demonstrate their talent for ringing the emotional changes in a single take.' Sydney Morning Herald 'As outrageous as it is insightful, Mommy is a mother-and-son melodrama taken to operatic heights.' Times UK 'Dolan has previously been accused of style over substance but here he draws both magnificently together. It's perhaps a little too long, but Mommy is a movie to make you feel alive.' Empire Magazine
AwardsBodil Awards 2016 Winner of a Bodil for Best Non-American Film Canadian Screen Awards, CA 2015 Winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Editing, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Original Screenplay, Achievement in Makeup Cannes Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Jury Prize CinEuphoria Awards 2015 Winner CinEuphoria Best Director - International Competition César Awards, France 2015 Winner of a César for Best Foreign Film Directors Guild of Canada 2015 Winner of the DGC Team Award for best Feature Film International Cinephile Society Awards 2014 Winner of the ICS Cannes Award - Palme d'Or Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) 2015 - Winner IOMA for best Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay
Critic Reviews'DP Jay Hunter's camera floats like a butterfly through doorways and windows, stinging as it catches characters in moments of eavesdropping-inspired stunned epiphany.' Sight and Sound 'Much Ado About Nothing is a delightfully spirited romp, filled with visual splendor, strong performances and flashes of post-modern absurdity.' USA Today 'The movie swings along, with a grace denied to some of Whedon's grander projects ...' New Yorker 'The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end.' Chicago Sun-Times 'One of my Top Ten picks of the year. Welcome to the World of Whedon where Shakespeare not only lives, but thrives.' Behind the Lens
AwardsNational Board of Review, USA 2013 Winner of theNBR Award for Top Ten Independent Films
Critic Reviews‘Emily Watson, who always brings a special grace to the screen, gives a multilayered performance to the role of Margaret Humphreys, who not only puts her own family dynamic at risk but finds herself physically threatened.’ San Fransisco Chronicle ‘Emily Watson, a delicate English rose, has never seemed more sturdy than here.’ Chicago Sun Times ‘As the story ricochets between Britain and Australia, the film often loses track of time and becomes fragmented as it struggles to integrate too many subplots. What holds it together is Ms. Watson's calm, sturdy performance.’ New York Times ‘Despite the difficulties the team faced when filming on opposite sides of the world, Oranges and Sunshine beats with one heart and develops its story coherently.’ CineVue 'Jim Loach's feature debut presents the horrific injustice of forced child migration in a calm, measured manner.’ The Sun-Herald
AwardsAustralian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards 2012 Winner AACTA Award Best Supporting Actor Hugo Weaving Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2012 Winner AFCA Award - Best Actress Emily Watson Australian Screen Editors 2011 Winner ASE Award Avid Award for Best Editing on a Feature Film Australian Screen Sound Guild 2011 Winner ASSG Award Best Achievement in Mixing in a Feature Film
Critic Reviews‘The Florida Project absolutely sings as a visual achievement, and not only as that.’ Daily Telegraph (UK) ‘The Florida Project is one of the best films about childhood made anywhere in recent years.’ Independent (UK)
AwardsAFI Awards, USA 2018 Winner AFI Award - Movie of the Year Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2018 Winner EDA Award for Best Supporting Actor - Willem Dafoe and Winner of the EDA Female Focus Award - Best Breakthrough Performance Austin Film Critics Association 2018 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor Bodil Awards 2019 Winner of the Bodil for Best American Film CinEuphoria Awards 2019 Winner CinEuphoria for Top Ten of the Year - International Competition Detroit Film Critics Society Awards 2017 Winner of the DFCS Award for Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor New York Film Critics, Online 2017 Winner of the NYFCO Award for Best Film San Francisco Film Critics Circle 2017 Winner of the SFFCC Award for Best Picture
Critic Reviews“This is Ours, the self-assured second feature from writing/producing/directing team Kris and Lindy Boustedt, made its world premiere at Dances with Films in Hollywood. It’s a beautifully shot and emotionally charged foray into the world of a once-happy couple whose lives and relationship verge on disintegration.” Living in Cinema.
Critic Reviews'Nair has found a real gem in Riz Ahmed, who anchors the film with a charismatically watchable performance. He's in virtually every frame and you hang on his every word.' Toronto Star 'A film like this stands or falls on the performance of its lead, and the young British actor Riz Ahmed doesn't disappoint.' Washington Examiner 'I found several of the story's twists both startling and, in retrospect, totally believable.' The American Conservatist 'Nair lets her drama unfold thoughtfully and draws impressive supporting performances from Kiefer Sutherland, as Changez's Wall Street boss, and Liev Schreiber.' The Mail on Sunday (UK)
AwardsCAAMFest 2013 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative - Mira Nair Mill Valley Film Festival 2012 Winner of the Audience Award for Favourite World Feature - Mira Nair Munich Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Bernhard Wicki Film Award for Best Film - Mira Nair (director)
Critic Reviews'Made with taste, skill and discretion, "The Daughter" demonstrates both the staying power of classic material and the risks inherent in bringing it up to date.' Los Angeles Times 'In his atmospheric debut film, Australian theater director Simon Stone whittles down The Wild Duck into a cautionary tale about welcoming home an emotional exile.' Village Voice 'Subtle and skilled, this simmers for long periods until its highly satisfying finale.' Total Film 'Beautiful and powerful, The Daughter occasionally veers towards the melodramatic - but who cares when every element is this good?' One Room With a View
AwardsAustralian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards 2016 Winner of the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay Australian Cinematographers Society 2017 Winner of the Award of Distinction - Feature Productions Cinema Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2017 Winner of the FCCA Award for Best Actress, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Critic Reviews“Nothing in Los Angeles was one of the most entertaining and satisfying films I saw all year.” Cinequest.
AwardsHollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, 2014. Winner of the Best Filmed Screenplay, Best Actor and best Supporting Actress. Los Angeles Movie Awards, 2014. Winner of best narrative feature. Route 66 Film Festival, 2014. Winner of the people’s choice competition. Studio City Film Festival, 2014. Winner of best comedy feature and winner of best screenplay - feature.
Saints and Soldiers is a 2003 war drama film directed by Ryan Little and produced by Little and Adam Abel. It is loosely based on events that took place after the Malmedy massacre during the Battle of the Bulge. The film stars Corbin Allred, Alexander Niver, Lawrence Bagby, and Peter Asle Holden as the four American soldiers trying to return Kirby Heyborne, a British soldier with vital intelligence, to the Allied lines.
The Washington Times called the film, "one of the sharpest and most compelling entries of the early 'Mormon cinema' era". The New York Times wrote that the film's, "impressive cast of largely unknown actors and meticulously researched film tells its story with quiet conviction."
'It has the strengths and the clean lines of a traditional war movie, without high-tech special effects to pump up the noise level.' Chicago Sun Times
'Thoughtful, engaging World War II movie has battle violence.' Common Sense Media
Gloria Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Audience Award and Winner of the Jury Award
Heartland International Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Crystal Heart Award and Winner of the Grand Prize for Dramatic Feature
Ojai Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Best Narrative Feature
Sacramento Festival of Cinema 2003 Winner of the Audience Award
San Diego Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Audience Award
Temecula Valley International Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Viewer's Choice Award for Best Feature Film
Critic Reviews'None of the other recent apocalypse movies has shown so much political or cinematic sophistication.' Time Out 'An intelligent predecessor to some more moronic efforts in the same genre.' Film 4
AwardsSitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Winner of best Screenplay and Best Special Effects
Critic Reviews'Ever since Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth wowed audiences back in 2009, Greek cinema has become the new Michael Haneke.' StarBurst 'Miss Violence is a grim tale of family dysfunction that also stands as an allegory about moral and economic decline in Greek society.' Independent UK 'From the not-so-happy birthday that opens the film ... up to the harrowing final revelation, Miss Violence fulfils the grisly promise of its title.' TimeOut
AwardsHellenic Film Academy Awards 2014 Winner of the Hellenic Film Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) 2014 Winner of the Orpheus Award for Best Feature Film Montréal Festival of New Cinema 2013 Winner of the Innovation Award - International Competition Stockholm Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Aluminum Horse for Best Script Venice Film Festival 2013 Winner Best Euro-Mediterranean Film Winner of the Silver Lion for Best Director Winner of the Volpi Cup for Best Actor Winner of the Young Cinema Award for Best Film in Competition
Award winning Bertie is an unusual comedy about parenthood and bereavement. The film contrasts the end of a life with the beginning of a new one. When Tom and Lisa arrive at their dream picturesque home, they think that have found the ultimate countryside utopia in which they can bring up their newborn son, Charlie. Until they meet their new neighbour Ann and Bertie, an irascible pug, who not only wakes them at night but awakens them to the afterlife.
Beverly Hills Film Festival 2019 Winner of the Jury Award for Best Short Film.
Cleveland International Film Festival 2019 Winner of the Best Live Action Short Film - Honorable Mention - Best Live Action Comedy Short Film - Honorable Mention.
Savannah Film Festival 2018 - Winner of the Spotlight Award
Alli and Jacob are a couple of 30-somethings living in New York City with their three young children. Alli is busy and stressing in nursing the kids, straining her relationship with husband Jacob. Alli's apartment's window faces with an apartment neighbour's window. Alli and Jacob both covertly spy on the couple, bitter about their loss of youth and new responsibilities as parents.
One day, Jacob comments that the neighbour man has "shaved his head" and looks hungover. Shortly after, while Jacob and the kids are out, Alli spies across the street again to find the man in hospice; he dies soon after. Alli goes out to witness the man being taken out in a body bag and finds the wife crying on the sidewalk. The woman reveals that ever since her husband became "sick," they would find comfort in watching the family through the window, much in the way Jacob and Alli did. The two embrace.
"Savvy viewers may guess where this is all going, but Curry doesn't push the emotions or the pace despite showing a decent passage of time." Eye for Film
Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Palm Springs Shorts Fest, Best Live Action Short - Winner of the Audience Award
Traverse City Film Festival, Best Fiction Short - Winner of the Audience Award
Hollyshorts Film Festival, Best Drama Winner
SCAD Savannah Film Festival, Best Narrative Short Winner
St. Louis International Film Festival, Best of the Fest Winner
Nashville Film Festival, Best Narrative Short Winner
Rhode Island Film Festival, Best Live Action Short Winner
Woodstock Film Festival, Best Short Film Winner
Boogaloo and Graham is a 2014 British short drama film directed by Michael Lennox and starring Martin McCann, Charlene McKenna, and Jonathan Harden. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 87th Academy Awards. It won the BAFTA Award for Best Short Film at the 68th British Academy Film Awards.
Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.
BAFTA Awards 2015 Winner of the BAFTA Film Award for Best British Short Film.
Aspen Shortsfest 2015 Winner of the The Ellen.
Critic Reviews‘True-crime reenactments have been popular fodder for short-film directors of late, but this one is unusually effective, relying on transcripts of police interviews with the two suspects, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables (played by Leon Hughes and Ely Solan in a pair of stunning child performances), to provide a window into their psychology.’ Variety
AwardsWinner Grand Prix, HCA Award, Odense International Film Festival Winner of the 'Don Quixote' Award, Krakow Film Festival Winner of the 'Young Director' Award, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2018 Winner of the 'Young Jury' Award, Best of International Short Films Festival 2019 Winner of the 'Emerging Director' Award, Emerging Directors Awards 2020
New Boy is a 2007 Irish short film based on the short story by Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter, Roddy Doyle. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. The film is about a young boy's experience as he moves from a rural town in Africa to Ireland: a new country, a different school system and a whole new set of customs.
Academy Awards, USA 2009 Nominee for the Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action
Amiens International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film
Belfast Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Highly Commended Award
Berlin International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Crystal Bear - Special Mention for best Short Film
Cork International Film Festival 2007 Winner Audience Award for Best International Short Film
Foyle Film Festival 2007 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Irish Short
Irish Film and Television Awards 2008 Winner of the IFTA Award for Best Short Film
Kerry Film Festival 2007 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Irish Short
Manhattan Short Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Grand Prize for Best Short Film
Melbourne International Film Festival 2008 Winner of Outstanding Short Film Promoting Human Values
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the First Prize for Best Short Film
Seattle International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Short Film Competition Special Jury Award for Best Short Film
Tirana International Film Festival, AL 2007 Winner of the Audience Award
Tribeca Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Jury Award for Best Narrative Short
Vail Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Best Short Film
The film marks the 2nd instalment of Birdbox.Film’s monthly ‘Film Club’. At 7.30pm on Wednesday the 3rd March, users will be able to tune into a discussion with producer Rachel Prendergast, and exec producer Benjamin Hartley. Director and Writer Richard Prendergast and hosted by The Big Picture Film Club.
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A loving family set off in their car on what seems like a carefree family outing. They sing, stop for ice- creams and play eye-spy. However, it becomes clear that this isn't a happy outing after all and only once the car arrives does the actuality of the narrative fully manifest.
‘A remarkable piece with a fantastic central performance, Sylvia is a short film much like its namesake: reliable, not faultless but in pretty good condition, and able to provide you with a fantastic journey. ‘ UK Film Review
Manhattan Short Film Festival 2019 – Gold Medal Winner *Oscar Qualifying
SCAD Film Festival 2019 – Best Editing
The American Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival 2019 – Best Short Film
Cordillera International Film Festival 2019 – Jury Award Best of Fest
Pittsburgh Short Film Festival 2019 – Best Narrative Audience award
New Renaissance Film Festival 2019 – Best Actress
Chelmsford Film Festival 2019 – Best Actress
Top Shorts 2019 – Annual Awards – Best Actress
Top Shorts 2019 – Annual Awards – Runner Up Best Short Film
Elba Film Festival 2019 – Silver Best Actress
Elba Film Festival 2019 – Bronze Best Screenplay
Show Low Film Festival 2019 – Best of Fest
Aguilar Film Festival 2019 – Young Jury Award – Best Film
Sydney Indy Film Festival 2018 – Best Film
Norwich Film Festival 2018 – Best East Anglian Film *BIFA & BAFTA Qualifying
Tri-Force Film Festival 2018 – William Bryne Award for Promising Director
Overcome Film Festival 2018 – Best Director
London Independent Film Awards 2018 – Best Short Film
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2018 – Best Short Film
London Lift-Off Film Festival 2018 – Special Mention for Best Short Film
The film is based on the "Monologue About a Whole Life Written Down on Doors, the testimony of Nikolai Fomich Kalugin" by Svetlana Alexievich (from her book Voices from Chernobyl). The Irish Film Board provided money for the making of the film. The film won in the Short Film category at the 6th Irish Film and Television Awards in 2009 and was nominated in the category of Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 82nd Academy Awards. The film also won awards at film festivals held in Bilbao, Cork and Foyle and won "best director" at the Polish Grand OFF 2009 as well as winning the Sarajevo Film Festival's Katrin Cartlidge Bursary 2009.
‘There's something quite haunting about the relationship between the two women: in some surprising ways, this is a determinedly unsentimental work.’ The Age
Academy Awards, USA 2010 Nominee for the Oscar for Best Short Film
Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films 2008 Winner of the Golden Mikeldi for Best Short
Cork International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Best First Short by an Irish Director
Foyle Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Short
Irish Film and Television Awards 2009 Winner of the IFTA Award Best Short Film