‘The Artist’ gets best film gong from Dublin crit­ics

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It’s all about the awards this is­sue. The Dublin Film Crit­ics Cir­cle has un­veiled the re­sults of its an­nual poll. Re­leased in th­ese ter­ri­to­ries in the first week of the year – seven days af­ter its UK de­but – Michel Hazanavi­cius’s The Artist stayed in crit­ics’ minds and ended up be­ing named as best film of 2012. The run- ners-up spot in that race was shared be­tween Michael Haneke’s Amour and Nuri Bilge Cey­lan’s Once Upon a Time in Ana­to­lia. Haneke was named best di­rec­tor and Em­manuelle Riva, veteran star of Amour, took the gong for best ac­tress.

The DFCC, which is com­prised of a se­lec­tion of pro­fes­sional crit­ics based in the cap­i­tal, named Lenny Abra­ham­son’s What Richard Did as best Ir­ish film and Ma­rina Abramovic: The Artist is Present as best doc­u­men­tary.

Joaquin Phoenix took the best ac­tor’s prize for his jaw-drop­ping turn in Paul Thomas An­der­son’s The Master. Gareth Evans, whose The Raid re­ceived a prize from the DFCC at the James- on Dublin In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, was iden­ti­fied as hav­ing achieved the most im­pres­sive break­through. This news­pa­per’s Tara Brady, pres­i­dent of the DFCC, noted the wide spread in nom­i­nated films this year. Thirty-five movies re­ceived votes from crit­ics and 27 film-mak­ers were named in the direc­tors’ race.

Il­lus­trat­ing the mighty scope, Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse joined Marvel Avengers As­sem­ble in a four-way tie for third place in the best­film com­pe­ti­tion. Full de­tails of the re­sults can be found on the Screen­writer blog: irish­times.com/blogs/ screen­writer

En­joy­ing the si­lence: Jean Du­jardin and Bérénice Bejo

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