Two teenage boys in Scotland in 1994, best friends with no control over their lives, risk everything to attend an illegal rave, hoping for the best night of their boring lives. Beats is a 2019 British drama film directed Brian Welsh. It was based upon a play of the same name by Kieran Hurley, who adapted the screenplay with Welsh; Steven Soderbergh acts as an executive producer. The plot follows a pair of teenage friends in 1994 Scotland who try and sneak into an illegal rave party. "Well-acted and enlivened by an evocative soundtrack and period detail, Beats draws timeless themes out of its specific story and setting.” Wendy Ide of The Guardian gave the film 4/5 stars, writing: "It's a terrific little film that combines the earthy humour and honesty of a Shane Meadows movie with an unexpected expressionistic section – flooded with colour – that channels the boys' joyful dancefloor abandon.” In a separate Guardian review, Mike McCahill gave it three stars, saying that "this teen bromance eventually escapes into amiable nostalgia and artful euphoria”
Critic Reviews‘This tender, detail-filled movie lives for the moment.’ New York Times ‘Welsh has delivered a compelling snapshot of an era and captured a moment in life when friendship is at its most sustaining.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘The script, adapted by Welsh and Kieran Hurley from Hurley's play, is especially good on the preciousness and subjectivity of cultural experience.’ Times UK ‘Funny, as well as emotionally rewarding.’ London Evening Standard
AwardsBAFTA Awards, Scotland 2019 Winner of the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor - Film Lorn Macdonald British Independent Film Awards 2019 Winner of the British Independent Film Award for Best Cinematography - Benjamin Kracun and winner for Best Sound Film by the Sea International Film Festival 2019 Winner of the International Student Jury Award - International Student Jury for Brian Welsh (director) Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards 2019 Winner of the Behind the Camera Award - Torino Film Festival 2019 for Brian Welsh (director)
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'A rare thing-a mainstream, melancholy love story, haunted by the past.' Film Comment Magazine
'It sounds like a downer but A Single Man is exciting, emotionally alive filmmaking, a potent cocktail of style and substance. And Firth thoroughly deserves the Oscar' Empire Magazine
'Firth's portrayal of a man repressing his grief while being unable to repress his instinct for love and for life is excellent and moving, while Ford's balancing of depth and surface is precarious but ultimately winning.' Time Out Magazine
'Colin, darling, you were fabulous, completely on trend. Plot? So last season, it's nowhere to be seen - we're all about character, emotion and cheekbones, sweetie.' Film 4
'The film is an aesthetic pleasure, like being in a designer hotel, reading a deliciously sad novel.' Times UK
BAFTA Awards 2010 Winner of a BAFTA Film Award for Best Leading Actor
AFI Awards, USA 2010 Winner of theAFI Award for Movie of the Year
Austin Film Critics Association 2009 Winner AFCA Award winner Best Actor - Colin Firth
CinEuphoria Awards 2011 Winner of CinEuphoria award for best Actor - Audience Award - Colin Firth
Winner of the Top Ten of the Year - Audience Award Best Trailer - International Competition Best Actor - International Competition - Colin Firth Top Ten of the Year - International Competition - Tom Ford Best Original Music - International Competition - Abel Korzeniowski
GLAAD Media Awards 2010 Winner of theGLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release
Critic Reviews‘For its exuberance and its difference, its fine performances and its devastating finale, Dogville is essential viewing.’ London Evening Standard ‘Bold stylistic decisions reinforce the themes of the narrative, while a strong story and convincing performances prove equal to the task of carrying such an extended running time.’ Empire Magazine ‘Thought provoking with its dense and intense themes, Dogville highlights the best and the worst in us all; the emotions it agitates are hard to shake.’ Urban Cinefile ‘These elements come together to form a movie that is clinically ironic but also unique, inspired, and quite sublime.’ Paste Magazine
AwardsCannes Film Festival 2003 Winner Palm Dog Bodil Awards 2004 Winner Best Film (Bedste danske film) Lars von Trier Cinema Brazil Grand Prize 2005 Winner - Cinema Brazil Grand Prize Best Foreign Film (Melhor Filme Estrangeiro) Danish Film Awards (Robert) 2004 Winner Robert Best Screenplay (Årets manuskript) Lars von Trier Best Costume Design (Årets kostumer) Manon Rasmussen
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AwardsAustin Film Critics Association 2011 Winner of theAFCA Award for Best Director - Nicolas Winding Refn Best Supporting Actor - Albert Brooks Best Adapted Screenplay - Hossein Amini Awards Circuit Community Awards 2011 Winner of theACCA for Best Director - Nicolas Winding Refn Best Achievement in Film Editing - Matthew Newman Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2011 Winner of the BSFC Award for Best Supporting Actor - Albert Brooks Best Use of Music in a Film - Cliff Martinez (Tied with Ludovic Bource for The Artist (2011) Cannes Film Festival 2011 Winner of Best Director - Nicolas Winding Refn
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The film presents three stages in the life of the main character: his youth, adolescence, and early adult life. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up. Filmed in Miami, Florida, beginning in 2015, Moonlight premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016. It was released in the United States on October 21, 2016 by A24, receiving positive reviews and grossing over $65 million worldwide.
Moonlight is cited as one of the best films of the 21st century. The film won several accolades, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Supporting Actor for Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay for Jenkins and McCraney from a total of eight nominations. It became the first film with an all-black cast, the first LGBTQ-related film, and the second-lowest-grossing film domestically (behind The Hurt Locker) to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Joi McMillon became the first black woman to be nominated for an editing Oscar, and Ali became the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar.
‘You won't find a more sensitively rendered, evocative, or surprising coming-of-age film than Barry Jenkins's Moonlight.’ Independent (UK)
‘Jenkins' authorial voice is resounding and strong and his determination admirable.; Little White Lies
‘Moonlight is at its most eloquent when its subtext is soft-spoken.’ Sight and Sound
Academy Awards, USA 2017 Winner of the Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year (Dede Gardner became the first woman to win Best Picture twice.) Academy Awards, USA 2017 Winner of the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globes, USA 2017 Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017 Winner of the best Actor Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) 2016 Winner of the AAFCA Award for Best Picture, Winner of Best Director, Winner of Best Supporting Actor, Winner of Best Breakout Performance
Atlantic Film Festival 2016 Winner of the Audience Award for People's Choice Award
Austin Film Critics Association 2020 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Movie of the Decade
Austin Film Critics Association 2016 Winner off the AFCA Award for Best Film, Winner of Best Director, Winner of Best Supporting Actor, Winner of Best Original Screenplay, Winner of Special Honorary Award
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'Cruz gives a big-hearted performance in a very demanding role.' Independent UK
'This is an old-school tearjerker, designed to get audiences sniffling in the dark.' Chicago Sun-Times
'Penélope Cruz is luminous and with the force of her charisma holds the film together as the suffering madonna, unbelievably cheerful and selfless throughout her protracted ordeal.' Dog and Wolf
Fotogramas de Plata 2016 Winner of the Fotogramas de Plata for Best Movie Actress
The Platino Awards for Iberoamerican Cinema 2016 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Actress
Francois Ozon's humorous psychological drama The New Girlfriend stars Anais Demoustier as Claire, a young woman whose closest friend since childhood, Lea, passes away leaving behind a husband, David (Romain Duris) and a newborn baby. One day she drops by David's house unexpectedly, and finds him dressed in his dead wife's clothes and feeding their baby with a bottle. He explains that Lea was well aware of his predilection, and eventually, so relieved that he has someone to share his secret with, David and Claire create a female persona for him named Virginia.
Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney expressed his compliments on The New Girlfriend: "a delectable riff on transformation, desire and sexuality that blends the heightened reality of melodrama with mischievous humor and an understated strain of Hitchcockian suspense." At Variety, Justin Chang said "even as he (Ozon) heads down any number of tantalizing if borderline-nonsensical alleyways, Ozon maintains his diabolical wit, his infectious sense of play and his essential affection for his characters" and the film was "powered by beautifully controlled performances from Anaïs Demoustier and Romain Duris"
'It's less than it should've been, and a little mild. But Ozon makes it glide with confidence, in or out of heels.' Chicago Tribune
'"The New Girlfriend" never pretends to be more than what it is, a delicious and frothy fantasia with a teasing erotic frisson.' New York Times
'In Ozon's confident hands, "The New Girlfriend" has moments that juxtapose gentle humor and surprising depth of feeling.' Washinton Post
'In The New Girlfriend, viewers are given a piece that walks the tightrope between drama and comedy, thriller and thinkpiece. This is a film that artfully ponders the process of grief while also finding rebirth from within.' CineVue
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