Friday, July 26, 2013

Before Night Falls



2000 American Feature

Cast: Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Andrea Di Stefano, Santiago Magill, Héctor Babenco, Michael Wincott, Sean Penn, Diego Luna and Johnny Depp
Director: Julian Schnabel
Writer: Cunningham O'Keefe, Lázaro Gómez Carriles and Julian Schnabel, based on the autobiography by Reinaldo Arenas

Synopsis:
The life of famed Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, who was vilified and imprisoned for his dissident writings and homosexuality in Fidel Castro's Cuba.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1 /10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 73% / Audience: 78%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 85% / Audience: 8.2%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Actor (Bardem).
  • AFI Award, Movies of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor - Drama (Bardem).
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead (Bardem); also nominated for Best Feature, Director and Cinematography.
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Actor (Bardem) and Freedom of Expression Award.
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor (Bardem).
  • Venice Film Festival Grand Special Jury Prize, OCIC Award - Honorable Mention, Volpi Cup for Best Actor (Bardem) and Rota Soundtrack Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Reinaldo Arenas' acclaimed autobiography Before Night Falls (Antes que anochezca: autobiografía) was first published in 1992. The English translation was published the following year.
  • Javier Bardem spent several weeks with Reinaldo Arenas's surviving partner Lazaro Gomez Carriles, taking hours a day to study how Arenas walked and talked.

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