WEEK IN WOMEN: Claire Denis receives LA Film Critics Career Achievement Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has chosen French writer-director Claire Denis as the recipient of its Career Achievement Award.

The critics organization will honor the filmmaker on January 14, 2023, at its first in-person awards event in three years. The L.A. Film Critics Association also will recognize 2022’s top achievements in filmmaking as decided by the membership at the ceremony.

“We are thrilled to be honoring Claire Denis, one of the best living film auteurs and a master at depicting the identity crises faced by both the colonizer and the colonized,” said Claudia Puig, president of the L.A. Film Critics Association.

Over the five decades since she began her career working with directors like Jacques Rivette, Costa-Gavras and Wim Wenders, Denis has been among the world ’s most audacious and adventurous filmmakers. Starting with her 1988 debut, “Chocolat,” and continuing with films like “Beau Travail” (1999) and “White Material” (2009), she has been an especially fearless chronicler of life in colonial and post-colonial Africa. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.