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‘Take Shelter’ and Jessica Chastain win in Deauville

Posted by · 12:42 am · September 11th, 2011

In the midst of early-season festival madness (and sometimes lost in the clutter) is the Deauville Film Festival, which concluded this weekend. Top honors went to Jeff Nichols’s “Take Shelter,” a film of which I’m a big proponent.

To start the festival, though, one of the film’s stars, Jessica Chastain, shared the “New Hollywood” award with Ryan Gosling. It’s notable as the second festival notice for the actress, following the Gucci Award for Women in Film at the Venice fest.

I know Sony Classics will be positioning films like “Midnight in Paris,” “Carnage” and “A Dangerous Method” for awards attention, not to mention another healthy slate of foreign film hopefuls. But I hope this gem isn’t lost in that fray this year. It’s clearly a film people are responding to (having already taken the Grand Prix at Cannes earlier in the summer.) My fingers crossed for it. More reactions will land out of Toronto as it screens throughout the week. Check out the trailer after the jump.

[Photo: Sony Pictures Classics]




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  • 1 9-11-2011 at 1:11 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Cheers for Gosling and Chastain! Being the more dramatic project and the black actresses siphoning much of the attention for The Help, Guy’s hunch earlier of this being the film Chastain pins her hopes on might just pay off. Hopefully! I keep thinking Shannon could take that fifth slot in Best Actor, but I’m rather hoping it goes to Fassbender instead. Still too much time to pass to call anything. At least there are proper contenders emerging strong though.

  • 2 9-11-2011 at 1:13 am

    The Other James D. said...

    That being said, I still kinda hope Davis, Spencer, and Chastain all get in for the same film, primarily because the relationship between Minny and Celia was magical. Her team has to monitor buzz carefully and push for the right one to avoid vote splitting, but I have faith.

  • 3 9-11-2011 at 5:26 am

    m1 said...

    Now that Carnage and A Dangerous Method have (slightly) underwhelmed, maybe Sony Classics can focus more of their efforts on Take Shelter.

  • 4 9-11-2011 at 6:27 am

    The Dude said...

    I was thinking the same as m1. While I’m sure Sony Classics will have acting campaigns for “Carnage” and “A Dangerous Method,” right now it seems “Take Shelter” would be a better play with regards to Best Picture (although, in this field of “maybe 5 or maybe 10 or maybe something in between,” it would need to really become a critical darling to make it in, given it’s somewhat low profile as of now).

  • 5 9-11-2011 at 7:12 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    “Take Shelter,” very good as it is, is too prickly and low-temperature for Best Picture consideration — a crafty campaign could net acting and writing nods, however.

    It’s clear that “Midnight in Paris” is SPC’s only real horse in the Best Picture race. I suspect they’ll be focusing on that one.

  • 6 9-11-2011 at 7:36 am

    Michael said...

    That is really exciting news! I am so stoked to see this movie. I was really surprised that my local theater started playing trailers for this (and MMMM!) before movies that I’ve seen recently – and not even the arthouse theater, but the actual multiplex theater too. That gives me hope that they will both be given slightly wider expansions and I am just hopeful that they find an audience that responds well. Awards would be lovely, but at the end of the day if low-budget well-made genre-bent films are finding an audience, then that is all that matters to me. :-)

  • 7 9-11-2011 at 8:39 am

    The Great Dane said...

    I haven’t seen any of Jessica Chastain’s films yet, but ever since I first saw the first trailer for Tree of Life I have been dying to discover her. Can’t wait to see all of her six(?) movies out this year…

    And forget “discovering” Gosling. Old news. This year is all about the public discovering Chastain and Michael Fassbender in what seems to be endless amount of movies, most of them amazing.

  • 8 9-11-2011 at 8:42 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    This year is all about the public discovering Chastain and Michael Fassbender

    Let’s not pretend Fassbender is a new discovery.

  • 9 9-11-2011 at 9:07 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    SPC is very serious about Jodie Foster in Carnage. The entire ensemble will be pushed as lead and they’re high on it with the positive notices they have received so their focus will be there as much as on Midnight. I imagine they’ll be reassessing on Method, though.

    “Let’s not pretend Fassbender is a new discovery.”

    He absolutely is, though. As it pertains to the public, who surely didn’t see Hunger, likely didn’t pick up on him in Inglourious Basterds and wouldn’t know a Fish Tank from a Turin Horse. This has been his coming-out year, and X-Men: First Class was the moment it clicked for popular audiences.

  • 10 9-11-2011 at 9:19 am

    Paul Outlaw said...

    Yes, Fassbender is still mostly an unknown, or let’s say, “not a name.” I was mentioning him (regarding “A Dangerous Method” not “Shame”) a few days ago to a friend who is regular moviegoer, and the name didn’t ring a bell. “Jane Eyre?” “Who?” “Inglourious Basterds?” “Which one?” “Hunger? “[silence]” “X-Men?” “Oh, him…”

  • 11 9-11-2011 at 10:01 am

    DylanS said...

    I think people inside the film community are very quick to label Fassbender a star, but I don’t think he’s quite there yet. It’s really a matter of moments, and I’m sure one more high profile gig like “X-Men” should put him right where he belongs.

  • 12 9-11-2011 at 10:04 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Quite true — he announced himself for many viewers in “X-Men First Class,” but then those same viewers aren’t the same people currently wetting themselves with excitement about “Shame,” so we’re kind of at cross purposes here.

  • 13 9-11-2011 at 10:06 am

    DylanS said...

    I do hope that even as high profile roles come he way, he continues to take on challenging work like “Shame”, and I believe he’s the kind of actor who will.

  • 14 9-11-2011 at 10:14 am

    Michael said...

    ^hopefully his role in Prometheus next year, and any potential awards push this season, will help him along the way to making him an “official” A-Lister. But I agree, to audiences at large, Fassbender is only just beginning to be discovered. And I hope he is able to maintain that momentum and doesn’t suffer any embarrassing public scandals or take any more roles like Centurion or Jonah Hex in the future. I for one wouldn’t be upset if he followed a trajectory similar to Christian Bale that eventually led him to getting a role that would make him a surefire Oscar winner one day.

  • 15 9-11-2011 at 12:49 pm

    JJ1 said...

    I agree, in general. Paul Outlaw spelled it out best.

    “I was mentioning him a few days ago to a friend who is regular moviegoer, and the name didn’t ring a bell. “Jane Eyre?” “Who?” “Inglourious Basterds?” “Which one?” “Hunger? “[silence]” “X-Men?” “Oh, him…”

    My circle of friends/family who are quite regular movie-goers would have aboslutely no clue who Fassbender is; no less even heard of his name.

    Ditto for Tom Hardy. A huge talent. He’s just not a name yet to the general public. That will change a bit next year. And I think ‘Warrior’ suffered a bit from the anonymity of the Lead name(s).

  • 16 9-11-2011 at 2:45 pm

    John-Paul said...

    My guess is that SPC will split up their big pushes between the movies.

    Midnight in Paris will likely get the biggest push from them for Picture and Original Screenplay. They may campaign Woody Allen for a Best Director nomination, but due to the unlikeliness of that happening, they’ll probably devote most of the campaign to just Picture and Original Screenplay (along with Art Direction and Costume Design, to a lesser extent).

    Carnage probably won’t get much of a Best Picture push, I’d imagine. I think they’ll focus more on Actor (Waltz), Actress (Foster), and Adapted Screenplay. I honestly think its only real shot will be for Adapted Screenplay, but we’ll see.

    A Dangerous Method will probably be mainly pushed for Supporting Actor (Mortensen) and Supporting Actress (Knightley). A lot of people still seem to think Knightley will go lead, but due to the slightly underwhelming reaction to the film as a whole, I think it’s a lot more likely she’ll be pushed as a supporting actress. They’ll also push for Art Direction and Costume Design, but I doubt they’ll try too hard for anything else. It’s becoming a bit more clear that Fassbender’s best shot at a nomination will come from Shame rather than this, so they’ll probably let that go and just focus on Christoph Waltz in that category.

    So I don’t know where that leaves Take Shelter. I think its best shot at a nod is Best Original Screenplay, but I’d imagine they’ll put most of their efforts into Midnight in Paris. I’m afraid it will probably end up being a much beloved film that doesn’t get much awards traction.

  • 17 9-11-2011 at 5:49 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    How is Ryan Gosling New Hollywood? The dude has been around a lot longer than Chastain in Hollywood years.

  • 18 9-12-2011 at 12:51 pm

    The Great Dane said...

    @Guy.

    I was talking about “the public”. One year ago, no one knew who he was. Only indie followers or awards lovers like us now him. I bet that if I asked ALL my friends right now who Fassbender is, NO ONE would be able to tell me who he is. But that’ll soon change.

  • 19 9-12-2011 at 1:27 pm

    DylanS said...

    I have a friend who refers to him as “The 300 Guy”. For a while, I referred to him as Lt. Archie Hicox.