Au­tumn film fes­ti­vals open their shop win­dows

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - By Don­ald Clarke

It still feels a bit like late sum­mer, but the au­tumn film fes­ti­val sea­son is well and truly un­der­way. The big win­ner at Venice was Roy An­der­s­son’s highly ad­mired absurdist com­edy A Pi­geon Sat on a Branch Re­flect­ing on Ex­is­tence. The Swedish di­rec­tor has taken 14 years to com­plete the tril­ogy that be­gan with Songs from the Sec­ond Floor and con­tin­ued with You, The Liv­ing.

The big sur­prise from the Lido was the to­tal shutout for Ale­jan­dro González Iñár­ritu’s Bird­man. The com­edy drama had been ex­pected to fig­ure highly in the loom­ing awards sea­son, but it re­ceived no prizes from Tim Roth’s jury.

At­ten­tion has now moved on to the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. Eas­ily the most sig­nif­i­cant film bash in North Amer­ica, that event launches dozens of films – both high and low of brow – that will be en­ter­tain­ing us over the next six months.

Noah Baum­bach, hav­ing re­turned to form with Frances

Ha, is be­ing lauded again for his While We’re Young. The movie stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a cou­ple fac­ing up to a midlife cri­sis. Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch is get­ting great reviews for his turn as Alan Tur­ing in The

Imi­ta­tion Game, but the film it­self is not uni­ver­sally loved.

There is ev­ery chance Ben’s Tur­ing will be up against another sci­en­tist in the Os­car race. Ed­die Red­mayne has got many thumbs-up as Stephen Hawk­ing in The The­ory of

Ev­ery­thing. There’s much more to come.

Cum­ber­batch as Tur­ing

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