Richard Jenkins for THE VISITOR
Sean Penn for MILK
Jean-Claude Van Damme for JCVD
Mickey Rourke for THE WRESTLER
Brendan Gleeson for IN BRUGES
Elsa Zylberstein for I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG
Ann Savage for MY WINNIPEG
Hiam Abbass for THE VISITOR
Ronit Elkabetz for THE BAND'S VISIT
Nadia Litz for MONKEY WARFARE
Penelope Cruz for VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA
Eddie Marsan for HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
Ricardo Darin for XXY
Michael Shannon for REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
Tom Noonan for SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
Julian Richings for THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS
4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS
I'VE LOVED YOU FOR SO LONG
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
Two Documentaries! Wow!
One more newcomer has arrived to the meeting. Welcome Sarah! We're about to start.
We've resolved the conflicts between Original and Adapted Screenplay with few difficulties.
However there are more in the acting categories. Fortunately, it wasn't too contentious.
First Up: Best Ensemble Cast
SYNECDOCHE NEW YORK
THE BAND'S VISIT
THE EDGE OF HEAVEN
I'm going to try to blog the Nominating Committee Meeting this year, reporting the years nominees as they are announced, as well as other interesting occurrences. Since this is Chlotrudis, we can't do anything without a cat, so to the left you can see Lucy, Ned & Ivy's lovely baby. Also, food is a big part of everything, so Amanda, as has become custom, brings food that is appropriate to the year's films. This year she brings rugelach in honor of THE BAND'S VISIT, and Belgian chocolates in honor of IN BRUGES.
It's 2:20 p.m. and we'll probably get started at 2:30, as people are arriving. New this year we're excited to welcome Dan and Vicky.
Red Envelope Entertainment, the acquisition and and distribution wing of Netflix has closed its doors. As blockbusters make more money and indies get more and more marginalized, going direct to DVD or to Cable TV, we hate to see indie distributors disappear, thus making our cinematic choices that much more limited.
Red Envelope Entertainment had released some pretty significant Chlotrudis films in its short life, including Chlotrudis Best Documentary winners from the past two years PROTAGONIST and THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED. Just recently Red Envelope provided U.S. distribution for two Chlotrudis co-presentations, LOVE SONGS and WATER LILIES. Hopefully another company will turn up to take its place.
While discussing the difficulties of indie and foreign-language film distribution, a film that is sure to be of interest to Chlotrudis members has just been released directly to DVD in the States. HELP ME EROS the Taiwanese film directed by and starring Lee Kang-Sheng, muse and lead actor for beloved Chlotrudis director Tsai Ming-Liang, was released this week on DVD without receiving an official theatrical release. While most Chlotrudis members would probably prefer to see HELP ME EROS on the big screen, better on DVD than not at all!
Cinematical has announced that British thesp, and Chlotrudis nominee Paddy Considine will try his hand at directing a feature narrative. Considine was nominated in the Best Supporting Acting Category in 2005 for MY SUMMER OF LOVE. He first caught our eye in Pawel Pawlikowski's outstanding LAST RESORT, appeared in 2002's 24-HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, and was recently seen in the British comedy, HOT FUZZ. Mainstream audiences might remember him in last year's THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM.
Considine wrote and directed a short film entitled DOG ALTOGETHER starring Peter Mullan last year. His new project is titled TYRANNOSAUR which will star British TV actress Olivia Colman. There won't be any dinosaurs in TYRANNOSAUR however; the film focuses on a woman leaving an abusive relationship. Filming will begin at the end of the year.
I was just thinking about DUCK SEASON, a multiple Chlotrudis nominee from last year, and its director Fernando Eimbcke. It's exactly the type of film I love to see receiving a Chlotrudis nomination, much less several. DUCK SEASON scored nods in the Best Movie, Director, Supporting Actor and Ensemble Cast categories, and I bet 99% of the U.S. population has never heard of it.
Well Chlotrudis members and fans of the film, filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke has a new film and it screened this week at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival. Called LAKE TAHOE, GreenCine Daily has a review.