Parasite, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s dark, class-based comedy about a poor family that scams a rich one, took three top awards from the Toronto Film Critics Association including Best Picture.
Atlantics: A Ghost Love Story (ATLANTIQUE) (2019)
NAME OF FILM: ATLANTICS: A GHOST LOVE STORY (ATLANTIQUE) (2019)
DIRECTOR(S): Mati Diop
STARRING: Abdou Balde, Aminata Kane, Ibrahima Mbaye
GENRE: Drama Film
SYNOPSIS: Building on the promise—and then some—of her acclaimed shorts, Mati Diop has fashioned an extraordinary drama that skirts the line between realism and fantasy, romance and horror, and which, in its crystalline empathy, humanity, and political outrage, confirms the arrival of a major talent. Set in Senegal, the birth country of her legendary director uncle, Djibril Diop Mambéty, the film initially follows the blossoming love between young construction worker Souleiman (Ibrahima Traoré), who’s being exploited by his rich boss, and Ada (Mama Sané), about to enter into an unwanted arranged marriage with a wealthier man. Souleiman and his fed-up coworkers soon disappear during an attempt to migrate to Spain in a pirogue, yet somehow his presence is still quite literally felt in Dakar. Transmuting a global crisis into a ghostly tale of possession, the gripping, hallucinatory Atlantics: A Ghost Love Story was the winner of the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The Irishman leads all films with 14 nominations for 25th Critics’ Choice Awards including Best Picture, Robert De Niro for Best Actor, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci for Best Supporting Actor, Martin Scorsese for Best Director.
The New York Film Critics Circle named Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman as the Best Film of 2019. Honeyland was named Best Non-Fiction Film.
Sight & Sound, the BFI’s international film magazine, named Joanna Hogg’s THE SOUVENIR as the Best Film of the Year.
2019 Key West Film Festival announced the winners. Waves directed by Trey Edward Shults which closed the festival was voted winner of the Audience Award.
The 8th Annual Key West Film Festival announced its official 2019 lineup including major fall films from Noah Baumbach and Destin Daniel Cretton.
THE TWO POPES starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce and THE AERONAUTS starring Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne have been added to the Gala line-up at AFI FEST 2019.
The 28th Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival will kick off with Marriage Story, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, and screen 389 films representing 63 countries, from November 7 to 17.
The 27th Hamptons International Film Festival announced their award winners, with the top prizes going to A WHITE, WHITE DAY and OVERSEAS.
One of the most talked-about films of the year, MONOS directed by Alejandro Landes won the Best Film Award at BFI London Film Festival 2019.
The European Film Academy announced the nominees for the European Discovery 2019 – Prix FIPRESCI, presented to a director for a first full-length feature film.
Ninety-three countries have submitted films for consideration in the International Feature Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards.