Swindon Film Festival organisers are looking forward to the Academy Award ceremony on Sunday evening because four of the films to be shown in this year’s festival, from 4 to 18 March, are in line to receive an Oscar, in seven different categories.
Heading the list is WINTER’S BONE, which is nominated for the coveted ‘Best Film’ Oscar, and three other awards (Bottom image).Festival organiser Barbara Hoffbauer said: “We’re delighted that this excellent independent film from the United States is high among the contenders. Newcomer Jennifer Lawrence is superb in the lead role, and her ‘Best Actress’ nomination is fully deserved.”
The film, which also has nominations in the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ and ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ categories, is showing in the Festival at North Swindon Library on Monday 7th March, 8pm. It will be the first time the library has been used for showing feature films.
Also featuring in the festival and the academy Award line-up is THE ILLUSIONIST, which is showing on Festival opening night, 4 March, 8pm, at Swindon Dance Theatre. Nominated for the ‘Best Animated Feature’ Oscar, the film has already won the ‘Best European Film’ award in the same category. It’s a French/British production, made in Edinburgh by French animator Sylvain Chomet (who made ‘Belleville Rendezvous’).
Barbara has hopes for The Illusionist: “The film is up against some stiff competition in the Oscars, but once again it’s great to see independent films being recognised. It’s based on a script written by Jacques Tati that was never filmed, and in the festival we’re showing it alongside one of Tati’s most celebrated films ‘Jour de Fete’.”
The other two Oscar nominated Festival films are both British productions. Mike Leigh’s latest film ‘ANOTHER YEAR’ is in line for ‘Best Original Screenplay’, and is showing on Friday 11th March, 7:45pm, in the new Highworth Community Centre (formerly Northview Primary School). Centre image.
And the hilarious Banksy film ‘EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP’, nominated for ‘Best Documentary’ Oscar, is showing at Swindon Arts Centre on Sunday 6th March, 5:30pm. Barbara added: “As with anything to do with Banksy there’s a bit of controversy with this one, some people are questioning whether it’s a documentary at all! And of course we’re all wondering still whether he will actually to turn up at the Oscar ceremony. Maybe he’ll be there in disguise.”
Information about all the films in the Film Festival (which also includes a number of Oscar winners and nominees from previous years!) can be found at www.swindonfilmfestival.org
Advance tickets are on sale at the Visitor Information Centre in Regent Street (Bookings Hotline 01793 466454) and on-line from Swindon Tickets www.swindontickets.co.uk