13 December, 2012

Films - 2012



As the year draws to a close, it is worthwhile reflecting on the films I have seen, and choosing my five best films.

David and Margaret on their TV program selected:


            David                                       Margaret

Tinker,Tailor,Soldier,Spy           Beasts of the Southern Wild

      The Sessions                                   The Master

           Hugo                                             Lore

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia                    Shame

     A Separation                                   A Separation




My Selections

Tinker,Tailor,Soldier,Spy

Silent Souls

A Separation

King of Devil's Island

Hugo

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European Film Awards




Anke Christina Fischer was the host of the 25th European Film Awards.

Anke Christina Fischer is a German comedian, actress and voice-over actress born in Montréal, Quebec, Canada (Wikipedia). Her talents were very much on display as she introduced and commented on each item of the program.

Five Nominated Films:

                               Amour

                               Barbara

                               Cesare Deve Morire (Caesar Must Die)

                               Intouchables

                               The Hunt

These five films were shown at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2012 (MIFF). Of the five films I have yet to see Cesare Deve Morire, Amour, and the Intouchables.

Amour not only won top film but also carried off awards for best director, best female actor, best male actor, and best screenwriter.

I could’ve cried when I witnessed the presentation of the awards for Amour, as I had selected this film as a must-see at the MIFF. Unfortunately, by the time I got around to buying a ticket the film was sold out.

The MIFF supplement described the film as ”… a profoundly frank portrayal of ageing, sickness, and the limits of love …the Octogenarian actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva shrug off the weight of their stardom to offer career-best roles as the couple”.

Thankfully my wishes have been granted; I now have a copy of this film.

I can highly recommend The Hunt and Barbara should they come to your cinema.

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Of all the films I have seen this year, the Danish film The Hunt would be my number one selection. Mads Mikkelsen (my favourite actor, TV series Unit One, and films such as After the Wedding and A Royal Affair) portrays Lucas, a teacher whose life is turned upside down when a child wrongfully accuses him of sexual impropriety. What follows is a tense exploration of the way such claims can lead to the complete loss of reason and trust, causing profound damage to relationships. Mads Mikkelesen picked up the Best Actor award at Cannes for his role in this film (MIFF supplement 2012).

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