Sunday, October 16, 2011

New York Film Festival: The (Unofficial) Awards!

With tonight’s screening of The Descendants, the New York Film Festival wraps up its 49th year, and one of its most ambitious years in terms of its expanded programming and excellent selection. Of course, NYFF now turns toward the future, with a year-long retrospective of works from the previous years in gearing up for the golden anniversary, including screenings of works by Marco Bellocchio and Carlos Saura in the coming weeks.

But one thing that the Film Society at Lincoln Center never does are awards. The 27 Main Selection films are all worth your time equally. Of course, this is America, and there are winners and losers.  Since people can only spend so much time at the movies this fall, one would like to know what is for sure worth checking out. So here are my awards. The top prize, “The Golden Bull,” named after our now infamous Wall Street symbol in the city.

The Golden Bull: A Separation, a film by Asghar Farhadi
The Silver Bull: Martha Marcy May Marlene, a film by Sean Durkin
Best Director: Bela Tarr, The Turin Horse
Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, Shame
Best Supporting Actor: Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Le Havre
Best Actress: Kirstin Dunst, Melancholia
Best Supporting Actress: Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Best Screenplay: Le Havre
Best Cinematography: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

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