Oscars 2012: 84th Academy Awards nominations

At 13:30 GMT today, US actress Jennifer Lawrence – star of Winter’s Bone (2010) and the upcoming The Hunger Games (2012) adaptation – announced the Oscar nominations for this year’s 84th Academy Awards ceremony, to be held on 26 February. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo lead the way with 11 nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, with Michel Continue Reading

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Berlin 2012: ‘Xingu’ review

★★★★☆ Setting up base camp in the Panorama programme at this year’s 62nd Berlinale, Cao Hamburger’s Xingu (2012) is an extremely engrossing, well-executed and well-meaning dramatisation of the formation of Brazil’s enormous Xingu National Park (referred to as ‘Belgium in the film due to its immense size), one of the Continue Reading

Berlin 2012: ‘Mercy’ review

★★☆☆☆ One of the competition entries for the coveted Golden Bear at this year’s 62nd Berlinale (yet ultimately receiving no awards), Matthias Glasner’s Mercy (Gnade, 2012) comes complete with a solid concept, but unfortunately suffers in its long-winded execution. A morality tale of sorts, the film follows an ex-pat German Continue Reading