AWFJ Movie of the Week, January 11-17: A PERFECT DAY

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a-perfect-day-poster Opening Jan. 15, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is A Perfect Day, the new drama from Spanish writer/director Fernando Leon de Aranoa about a group of aid workers attempting to resolve a crisis in an armed Balkan conflict zone. Read on…

Olga Kurylenko (Seven Psychopaths) and Melanie Thierry (An Eye For Beauty) are joined by Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), Tim Robbins (Welcome to Me) and Fedja Stukan (As If I Am Not There) for a film which blends sharp political commentary and ironic humour to bring a palpable, authentic sense of humanity to the story behind the headlines.

Beautifully shot by cinematographer Alex Catalan, who also lensed last year’s atmospheric Spanish police drama Marshland, A Perfect Day was awarded a ten-minute standing ovation when it screened at Cannes in 2015. See it, and understand why.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Pam Grady: Spanish director Fernando Leon de Aranoa takes a page from Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H with the Balkan War comedy A Perfect Day, starring Tim Robbins and Benicio Del Toro as aid workers who find relief from the tension of their job in gallows humor.

Film Details:
Title: A Perfect Day
Director: Fernando Leon de Aranoa
Release Date: January 15, 2016
Running Time: 106 minutes
Language: English, Serbian, Spanish, French
Shooting Location(s): Spain
Principal Cast: Olga Kurylenko, Melanie Thierry, Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins
Screenwriter: Fernando Leon de Aranoa, from the novel by Paula Farias
Production Company: Mediapro, Reposado Producciones, TVE
Distributor: IFC Films
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AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Katherine McLaughlin, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Kristy Puchko, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.

Other Movies Opening the Week of January 11 – January 17, 2016

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, AWFJ.org Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.