Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. Take Shelter is a 2011 American psychological thriller drama film, written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. The plot follows a young husband and father (Shannon) who is plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, and questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. The film won two Saturn Awards, Best Writing for Nichols and Best Actor for Shannon, and was nominated for two more, Best Horror or Thriller Film and Best Actress for Chastain.
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
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Desierto is a 2015 Mexican-French thriller film co-written and directed by Jonás Cuarón. The film stars Gael García Bernal (also executive producer) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations, and was selected as the Mexican entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
‘A thriller that happens to be wrapped in political packaging.’ Los Angeles Times
‘Compelling performances come from both Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan with Morgan being the real stand-out here.’ Behind the Lens
‘A powerful, timely exercise in stomach churning suspense.’ Spectrum Culture
Mexican Cinema Journalists 2017 Winner of the Silver Goddess for Best First Work (Ópera Prima)
Toronto International Film Festival 2015 Winner of the International Critics' Award (FIPRESCI) - Special Presentations awarded to Jonás Cuarón
Critic Reviews‘Brilliantly observed and very moving.’ Independent (UK) ‘Coogler's realistic debut recreates Grant's final day with affection, refusing to cast him as either saint or sinner.’ Times (UK) ‘There is something almost spiritual in the eerie importance that all the ordinary, banal facts of a life achieve under scrutiny, as time is running out.’ Guardian
AwardsAcapulco Black Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance of the Year AFI Awards, USA 2014 Winner of the AFI Award for Movie of the Year African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) 2013 Winner of the AAFCA Award for Top 10 Films and Best Independent Film Austin Film Critics Association 2013 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best First Film Boston Online Film Critics Association 2013 Winner of the BOFCA Award for Ten Best Films of the Year Cannes Film Festival 2013 Winner Un Certain Regard - Avenir Prize - Ryan Coogler Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature Hollywood Film Awards 2013 Winner of the Spotlight Award National Board of Review, USA 2013 Winner of the NBR Award for Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer Winner of Breakthrough Performance by an Actor - Michael B. Jordan Winner of Best Directorial Debut - Ryan Coogler New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2013 Winner of the NYFCC Award for Best First Film Satellite Awards 2013 Winner of the Breakthrough Performance Award
"Black Book" tells the moving story of a young Jewish woman who joins the Resistance in The Hague and gets entangled in a deadly web of double-dealing and betrayal. It is is an epic thriller of great courage and fierce emotion--played out against the dying, explosive months of WW II.
The film had its world premiere on 1 September 2006 at the Venice Film Festival. Winner of three Golden Calves, Black Book won the most awards at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2006.
'The film manages to turn German occupied Holland circa 1944 into a fast-paced thrill ride without sacrificing the emotional core and very real human toll.' From the Front Row
'Seven years after he disappeared with the whimper that was Hollow Man, Paul Verhoeven has returned with what may be his best film.' Stop Smiling
'The handsomely mounted, heedlessly pulpy modernist World War II thriller that "The Good German" and "Valkyrie" failed to be - a dizzying rush of daring rescues, sexual intrigue, treachery, betrayal, gunfights, hasty conclusions and harrowing consequences.' The Film Yap
Austin Film Critics Association 2007 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Capri, Hollywood 2007 Winner of the Capri Cult Award
Golden and Platin Film, Netherlands 2007 Winner of the Diamond Film
Nederlands Film Festival 2006 Winner of the Golden Calf for Best Film, Best Actress and Best Director of a Feature Film
Venice Film Festival 2006 Winner of the Young Cinema Award for Best International Film
Critic Reviews'Emboldened by alcohol and steeped in despair, the characters in Sugisball lunge for love but would settle for understanding.'
AwardsBratislava International Film Festival 2007 Winner Best Director Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival 2007 Winner Special Critics Award Nika Awards 2009 Nominee Nika Best Film of the CIS and Baltics Transilvania International Film Festival 2008 Winner Best Cinematography
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
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Sebastiane Award for Best Film
La Vie en Rose is a 2007 French biographical musical film about the life of French singer Édith Piaf. The film was co-written and directed by Olivier Dahan, and starred Marion Cotillard as Piaf.
Cotillard's performance earned her several accolades including the Academy Award for Best Actress — marking the first time an Oscar had been given for a French-language role — the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the César Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance. The film also won the Academy Award for Best Makeup, the BAFTA Award for Best Makeup, Costume Design, Film Music, four additional César Awards and grossed $86.3 million worldwide.
‘Despite its story of suffering that comes in unceasing waves, La Vie en Rose may be the most hopeful film yet made about the grueling rigor of living.’ Charleston City Paper
‘In La Vie En Rose,we get to witness a rare and beautiful thing - an artist baring her soul and creating a performance for the ages.’ The Dispatch
‘In La Vie en Rose, Marion Cotillard has the role of a lifetime. And she relishes it.’ Fayette Weekly
Academy Awards, USA 2008 Winner Oscar Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Marion Cotillard
Best Achievement in Makeup Didier Lavergne, Jan Archibald
Golden Globes, USA 2008 Winner Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Anthony Asquith Award for Film MusicChristopher Gunning
Winner BAFTA Film Award Best Leading Actress Marion Cotillard
Best Costume Design Marit Allen
Best Make Up & Hair
César Awards, France 2008 Winner César Best Actress (Meilleure actrice) Marion Cotillard
Best Cinematography (Meilleure photographie) Tetsuo Nagata
Best Production Design (Meilleurs décors) Olivier Raoux
Best Costume Design (Meilleurs costumes) Marit Allen
Best Sound (Meilleur son) Laurent Zeilig
Hollywood Film Awards 2007 Winner Hollywood Film Award Actress of the Year
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