THE FLORIDA PROJECT, Sean Baker’s coming-of-age film about little rascals growing up in the shadow of Disney World, was named Best Picture of 2017 by San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC). Willem Dafoe continues his winning streak and won Best Supporting Actor for his performance.
Robin Campillo’s powerful French drama about the AIDS activists of ACT UP Paris, BPM was awarded Best Foreign Language Film. FACES PLACES, JR and Agnes Varda’s playful documentary about artistic creation and human relationships, was named Best Documentary.
The circle illuminated Viktor Jakovleski’s visually arresting documentary about an annual fireworks festival in Mexico BRIMSTONE & GLORY with their annual Special Citation Award for an underappreciated independent film.
The group’s Marlon Riggs Award for courage and innovation in the Bay Area film community was award to director Peter Bratt for his work on films including DOLORES, LA MISSION and FOLLOW ME HOME.
2017 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award Winners
WINNER – THE FLORIDA PROJECT
WINNER – Guillermo del Toro – THE SHAPE OF WATER
WINNER – Andy Serkis – WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
WINNER – Margot Robbie – I, TONYA
Best Supporting Actor
WINNER – Willem Dafoe – THE FLORIDA PROJECT
Best Supporting Actress
WINNER – Laurie Metcalf – LADY BIRD
Best Screenplay, Original
WINNER – GET OUT – Jordan Peele
Best Screenplay, Adapted
WINNER – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – James Ivory
WINNER – BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Roger Deakins
Best Production Design
WONDERSTRUCK – Mark Friedberg
Best Original Score
WINNER – PHANTOM THREAD – Jonny Greenwood
Best Film Editing
WINNER – BABY DRIVER – Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
Best Animated Feature
WINNER – COCO
Best Foreign Language Picture
WINNER – BPM
WINNER – FACES PLACES
Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
Peter Bratt. The spirit of activism and social justice was imprinted on San Francisco native Peter Bratt’s DNA from the time he was a small child when his mother took Peter and his siblings to live on Alcatraz during the Native American occupation of the island and when she would bring the whole family to participate in farm workers’ protests. He carried those lessons of his youth into his filmmaking, culminating most lately with DOLORES, Bratt’s first documentary, a powerful biography of the United Farmworkers’ co-founder Dolores Huerta.
Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema
BRIMSTONE & GLORY– visually arresting documentary set during an annual fireworks festival in Mexico