THE WONDER – Review by Diane Carson

The Wonder dramatizes a story set in an isolated community in famine-ravaged 1862 Ireland. British nurse Lib Wright arrives to investigate reports that eleven-year-old Anna has survived four months without eating. Pitting rationalism against unquestioned religious belief, the film illuminates the contrarian, resolute position of a patriarchal panel wielding power versus Wright’s unwavering, methodical analysis.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 18, 2022: THE WONDER

Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue — and supposedly inspired by a true story — Sebastián Lelio’s moody, atmospheric The Wonder features a powerful lead performance by Florence Pugh. She stars as Lib Wright, an English nurse brought to the remote Irish countryside in the early 1860s to help determine the truth behind a girl’s claim that manna from heaven — not food — is what has kept her alive for several months.

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THE WONDER – Review by Loren King

Loren King Emma Donoghue’s best known novel “Room” centered on a mother-child bond against a perilous world. Donoghue’s “The Wonder,” set in the 19th century, is also rich with themes of maternal connections and the resiliency of children despite the misguided intentions and outright treacheries of adults.

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THE WONDER – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

The first half of the movie is a slow-burn, but the plot catches fire in the second act when science is pitted against religious beliefs in a contest of grieving mothers. Pugh gives a sober, determined performance as a young widow whose loss of a child in infancy causes her to self-medicate with opium as she tries to save another from self-sacrifice.

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AWFJ Announces 2021 EDA Award Winners – Jennifer Merin reports

The Power of the Dog sweeps the 2021 AWFJ EDA Awards with Wins in 11 out of 25 Categories. Multiple EDA Awards also go to Belfast and Encanto, and curator Maya Cade claims the Outstanding Achievement Award for founding the Black Cinema Archives. Dame Judi Dench and Ms. Rita Moreno are our Grande Dames, and guess who captured the She Deserves A New Agent Award.

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SPOTLIGHT December 2021: Ari Wegner, Cinematographer, THE POWER OF THE DOG and ZOLA

While she won’t speculate on her own awards prospects, Ari Wegner recently told me how happy she is to see the way women are now being more welcomed in the field of cinematography. She hopes this will continue to increase as female DPs start to see the recognition that has eluded them for so long. She discusses both the art and science of filmmaking with such a degree of passion and poetry, that her love for the medium is contagious. She is a leader, a champion, and a gifted artist, giving the world not only beautiful images, but a sense of hope and fascination too.

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Cinematographer Ari Wegner to Receive TIFF Variety Artisan Award – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

Although not quite a household name, Ari Wegner, the celebrated Australian cinematographer has just been announced as the recipient of the TIFF Variety Artisan Award at this year’s TIFF Tribute Awards speaks of just how respected she is in the industry itself. With one of her most recent projects – Janicza Bravo’s Zola – premiering at Sundance earlier this year and picked up by prestigious distributor A24, the calibre of Wegner’s work largely speaks for itself, with her films screening internationally at big-name festivals including Cannes, Locarno, Berlin, Rotterdam and Tribeca.

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