Press Release: Boston (April 26, 2019) – The Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC) announced today that partnered with the Brattle Theatre to present the inaugural “BSFC Career Spotlight” Award to filmmaker Debra Granik. The writer/director will be present to participate in a special repertory series of her work complemented by titles handpicked by Granik herself. The series will take place from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, on which Granik will be presented with the first-ever BSFC Career Spotlight Award.
Debra Granik was born in Cambridge, MA, and has directed four films to date – “Down to the Bone” (2004), “Winter’s Bone” (2010), “Stray Dog” (2014) and “Leave No Trace” (2018). The filmmaker recently received The Bonnie Award from the Film Independent Spirit Award, which “recognizes female directors with a remarkable body of work that demonstrated their uniqueness of vision and groundbreaking approach to film.”
Granik will be at The Brattle in person for Q&As throughout the weekend, and will be presented with the inaugural BSFC Career Spotlight Award following Sunday’s 7pm screening of “Leave No Trace.” And ina uniquely tailored format, Granik has collaborated with Brattle Creative Director, Ned Hinkle, to program complementary titles that have influenced her work. Titles include Robert Altman’s “Nashville,” Monte Hellman’s “Cockfighter” and Aki Kaurismäki’s “The Other Side of Hope.”
“I am excited to hunker down at the Brattle for a feast of Americana, mixed with a few movies from afar,” says Debra Granik. “The lyrical realism that these films exemplify is alive and well today, but it often gets buried by our culture’s behemoth commercial side. I come to the theater searching for visual notes and observations and patterns that help me understand the enormous emotional and psychic challenges of living in a mass consumer society. In every decade, movies have been a tool to help us decipher and distill how we got here and what we need. Somehow it soothes me, re-kindles my curiosity and compassion, and makes me feel not so all alone with the havoc and incomprehensibilities. These are a few of the films that, for me, can point a way forward in those times when hope can seem hard to find.”
Each of Granik’s four films will screen over the course of three days from May 31 to June 2 at The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA. Additional complementary titles will be showcased throughout the weekend. “The Brattle is thrilled to be joining with the Boston Society of Film Critics to celebrate Debra Granik,” says Ned Hinkle. “It’s rare that any artist can instill their work with so much empathy and it’s remarkable that, over a relatively short career, Granik has created films that can stand with the great humanist filmmakers of any age.”
“Debra Granik is one of the most maverick female filmmakers out there, and is in fine company with Kathryn Bigelow, Lynne Ramsay and Claire Denis,” says Tom Meek, BSFC President. “Oftentimes, filmmakers are honored late in their career or after their career has finished. Recognizing a filmmaker’s body of work while in progress is something that doesn’t happen enough.”
For full details on this screening series, and to buy tickets, please visit http://www.brattlefilm.org
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” an alternately soaring and searing James Baldwin adaptation about a young black couple in early ’70s Manhattan, was named the best movie of 2018 by the Boston Society of Film Critics on Sunday.
The film is the latest release from director Barry Jenkins, whose 2016 “Moonlight” won the Oscar for best picture. “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which will be released here on Christmas Day, also won awards for best supporting actress Regina King, as the heroine’s pillar-of-strength mother, and for Nicholas Britell’s sweeping musical score.
The society, a group of 21 movie reviewers working in the New England area, was founded in 1981. Sunday’s meeting marked the organization’s 38th annual awards vote. Reflecting a year of strong contenders on the blockbuster front, in American independent film, and from other countries, the BSFCs awards were spread widely around.
One other movie, the fact-based comedy drama “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” won three awards. Best actress went to Melissa McCarthy for her portrayal of a literary forger, and Richard E. Grant won best supporting actor as her barroom-hustler accomplice. The script, by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, won best screenplay. Continue reading “Boston Society of Film Critics announces winners”
The Boston Society of Film Critics honored “If Beale Street Could Talk,” a story of love and racial injustice, with three awards, including best picture at its 38th annual meeting Sunday.
The Barry Jenkins-directed drama – his first film since his Oscar-winning “Moonlight” – also earned nods for Nicholas Britell’s score and Regina King’s standout supporting role as a righteous mother fighting on behalf of her pregnant daughter. J. Smith-Cameron (“Nancy”) was runner-up in the supporting actress category.
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” an adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel, was named best picture over “Shoplifters” in a tight contest that was settled after three rounds of voting. It opens in Boston on Christmas Day. Continue reading “Boston film critics name ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ the year’s best film”
A recent retaliatory measure enacted by the Walt Disney Company triggered a rapid solidarity response by film critics groups, including ours in Boston, over the weekend.
On Tuesday morning, four critics groups announced they would drop Disney-produced films from award consideration until the company rescinds its blackout of the Los Angeles Times.
The Boston Society of Film Critics joined the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics in speaking out against Disney’s systematic blackballing of the Times from its press screenings, interview opportunities and other media access.