The 7th Art High Mass crowned the best films of the past year, but not all of them are yet available in France.
Of the ten films awarded this year at the 93rd ceremony, only half are available in France. Feature films awarded in the main categories (best film, best director, best actor and best actress) – Nomadland and The Father – have not yet been released in France. They should be released in the coming weeks, when theaters reopen. Several other works, like Judas and the Black Messiah (best actor in a supporting role) and Drunk (best animated film) are however already visible on VOD.
Soon in the dark rooms
Nomadland (best film, best director and best actress), a one-of-a-kind blend of road movie, western, social drama and documentary that follows elderly Americans living on the roads after losing everything in the subprime crisis , is scheduled for June 9th.
Florian Zeller’s first film, The Father (best actor and best adapted screenplay), which follows an old man sinking into dementia, is also scheduled for the reopening of theaters, just like the family drama Minari by Lee Isaac Chung (best actress in a supporting role), about a Korean child who tries to integrate in the very rural state of Arkansas in the United States.
Already released last October in France, Drunk by Thomas Vinterberg (best foreign film), a poignant ode to life through an improbable and dangerous alcoholic experience, will also emerge.
Promising Young Woman, a feminist thriller inspired by the #MeToo movement, which won its director the Oscar for the original screenplay, has no release date yet. Same story for Sound of Metal (better editing and better sound), which evokes the story of a rock drummer who loses hearing.
Pandemic requires, many films have skipped the box of cinemas to land on streaming platforms. Drunk (best animated film), the latest Pixar, was broadcast in France on Disney +.
The film by Pete Docter and Kemp Powers, on the tribulations between the life and death of Joe Gardner, a modest New York music teacher who wants to become a jazzman to the biggest stars, is also available on DVD and Blu-ray. This is also the case for Tenet by Christopher Nolan. The “savior of cinemas” was able to glean only one award, in the best visual effects category.
Judas and the Black Messiah (best supporting actor and best original song), dedicated to the figure of Fred Hampton, charismatic leader of the Black Panthers fighting for the civil rights of black Americans in the sixties, was broadcast last week on Canal + and remains available on myCanal, the encrypted channel’s streaming platform.
Each rewarded twice, Mank (best sets and artistic direction, best photography) and Ma Rainey’s Blues (best costumes, best makeup and hairstyles) are finally on Netflix, as is The Wisdom of the Octopus (best documentary), on the unexpected friendship between a director and an octopus.
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