Thursday, 12 January 2012

Melancholia Named Best Film of 2011

I was first introduced to Lars Von Trier in 1996 by my college-mate, Aidil Rusli. Yeap, the front man of Couple. He brought us to a laser disc outlet to watch The Kingdom. I was really impressed with this 5-hour film, which was edited from eight-episodes of Danish miniseries.

Check it out on IMDB for details of the film.

The other Lars Von Trier's film that I managed to watch is Dancer In The Dark, which he won the coveted Palm d'Or while his controversial leading actress, Bjork walked away with Best Actress award.

I'm dying to watch his other films such as The Idiots, Breaking The Waves, Dogville and of course, Melancholia. I could have just download these films from the Internet, but it does not feel right.

Well, just wish me luck. Lots of luck ;)

US critics reward Lars Von Trier film Melancholia

Kirsten Dunst and Lars Von TrierKirsten Dunst and Lars Von Trier have both missed out on Golden Globe nominations

Lars Von Trier's movie Melancholia has been named the best film of 2011 by the US National Society of Film Critics.

The film portrays two sisters facing up to the end of the world. Its star Kirsten Dunst was named best actress by the 58-strong panel of critics.

Von Trier, who was expelled from the Cannes Film Festival in May after saying he sympathised with Hitler, missed out on the best director prize.

That award was won by Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life.

Brad Pitt won the best actor accolade for his role in baseball drama Moneyball.

Critics' awards are seen as key steps towards the Oscars. Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have one more week to vote for Oscar nominees, with the nominations announced on 24 January.

But neither Melancholia nor Dunst have been nominated for the Golden Globes, seen as Hollywood's second most prestigious prizes, before they are handed out on 15 January.

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