HollywoodNews.com: As the fall film festival circuit begins to warm up award season, here’s a snapshot of what’s been talked about at Telluride:
The Way Back directed by Peter Weir.
Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere is hearing that Weir’s survival drama isn’t similar to his previous wide releases, i.e. “Master and Commander,” rather the film should be platformed ala an arthouse release before the end of 2010 for an awards season run. “The Way Back” follows soldiers who escaped from a Siberian gulag in 1940 as they head out of Communist Russia. Per Kristopher Tapley, Ed Harris and Colin Farrell stand out the most. “This is quietly profound, epic, bold filmmaking at its very best,” adds the awards blogger. The film nearly didn’t nab a distributor until Newmarket picked it up. Many bloggers are confused: Why weren’t more distributors interested in this film?
127 Hours directed by Danny Boyle
Per Hollywood Elsewhere, the film “is a very possible Best Picture contender, and (lead actor) James Franco is looking like a close-to-locked Best Actor contender…maybe.” The festival was a key event which springboarded Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” into award season contention two years ago. Word on the street is that audiences were moved to tears. Film follows the real life account of a mountain climber’s conundrum when he is forced to cut his arm off, after getting stuck in a Utah canyon. Pete Hammond of Deadline exclaims “It’s a tour-de-force for Franco, virtually never off screen in the same way Spencer Tracy triumphed in the similarly spare ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ (1958). Franco’s performance could put him in contention for a best actor Oscar nod just as Tracy’s did over 50 years ago. It should be noted that Franco’s ‘farewell to arm’ scene is graphic and not for the squeamish.”
Never Let Me Go directed by Mark Romanek
With this top shelf of British femme talent – Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield –this period piece based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel seems destined for Oscar. The film follows English boarding students as they face harsh truths. Sean O’Connell’s summary yesterday pegged that critics were divided.
Kristopher Tapley of In Contention gripes:
There is a distance here, a cold sense of removal from what would otherwise be an extremely moving narrative. I wanted desperately to feel for the characters and their […]