February 28, 2005 |
The Academy Award for best documentary was given Sunday to "Born Into Brothels," a socially conscious story about the offspring of prostitutes in Calcutta's red-light district that includes shots taken by the children themselves with still cameras. "We thank the kids; they're watching in Calcutta," director Zana Briski said while accepting the award with co-director Ross Kauffman. It was the directorial debut for both. The alternately despairing and hopeful "Brothels" is the rare documentary in which the filmmakers get involved in the lives of the subjects, as the directors worked to educate the children and keep them from following their mothers into sex work.
January 28, 2005 |
"Born Into Brothels" shatters expectations and confounds preconceptions. A documentary that changed the lives both of subjects and filmmakers, it will reorder the worldview of whoever sees it. Seven years in the making, it demands to be experienced not just because of the good it does but because of how unexpectedly good, even buoyant, it makes you feel. "Buoyant" is not a word likely to be attached to anything connected to the tawdry, dehumanizing brothels of India's Calcutta.
February 28, 2005
BEST PICTURE "Million Dollar Baby" ACTOR Jamie Foxx "Ray" ACTRESS Hilary Swank "Million Dollar Baby" SUPPORTING ACTOR Morgan Freeman "Million Dollar Baby" SUPPORTING ACTRESS Cate Blanchett "The Aviator" DIRECTOR Clint Eastwood "Million Dollar Baby" ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor "Sideways" ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Charlie Kaufman (screenplay); Kaufman, Michel Gondry and Pierre Bismuth (story) "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" ANIMATED FEATURE FILM "The Incredibles" FOREIGN
December 17, 2004
"Coach Carter," based on the experiences of a high school basketball coach who led a team of disadvantaged teens from zero to heroes, will raise the curtain on this year's Palm Springs International Film Festival. The festival, which will run Jan. 6 to 16, boasts several Oscar contenders in the foreign language and documentary categories, as well as some movies that have not yet played in theaters. "Coach Carter" stars Samuel L.
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February 27, 2005 |
The IFP Independent Spirit Awards raised a glass to "Sideways" on Saturday with six major awards: best feature, director, screenplay, actor, supporting actor and supporting actress. The dark, acerbic comedy about two losers on a road trip to the Santa Barbara wine country has received the majority of the 2004 best picture accolades from critics' groups, and won the Golden Globe for best comedy or musical.
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January 25, 2004 |
The high-tech thriller "Primer," about two get-rich-quick inventors whose time-travel device complicates their lives, won the top dramatic honor at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday night. Sundance jurors gave the documentary grand prize to "DiG!," director Ondi Timoner's portrait of the friendship and rivalry between musicians Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Courtney Taylor of the Dandy Warhols.