Autumn film festivals open their shop windows
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