SPOTLIGHT October 2023: Sandra Huller, Actress of the Year

In a bit of casting kismet, two of the biggest films this year star the same actor: Sandra Huller. Huller was dubbed the “Queen of Cannes” last May after director Justine Triet’s Anatomy of a Fall won the Palme d’Or and Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest took both the runner-up Grand Prize of the Festival and the FIPRESCI honors. Huller, 45, stars in the courtroom thriller Anatomy of a Fall as a woman on trial for her husband’s murder. The film is a carefully structured moral conundrum about truth and perception, and all of it hinges on Huller’s performance . In The Zone of Interest, a Holocaust film unlike any other, she plays Hedwig Hoss, a homemaker enjoying the upward mobility that comes with being the wife of the Commandant of Auschwitz. What Huller does here is understated and difficult to describe, but the specificity in her work is such that you will swear you know what the character smells like.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 30 – January 5: TONI ERDMANN

Maren Ade’s film Toni Erdmann is something no one could have predicted. A three-hour German comedy about a father and daughter reunion, set against the contemporary bleakness of corporate Bucharest Opening Dec. 26, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Toni Erdmann. The film has consistently popped up on critics’ top-ten lists and packed in the awards. It is fully deserving of every accolade. Read on…

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Top Female Performances @ New York Film Festival 2016 — Liz Whittemore reports

The New York Film Festival is the perfect venue for women to really show the world what they’re artistically capable of. This year was no exception. With performances from Annette Bening, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern and Cynthia Nixon to name a few, here is a list of what I believe are some of the best of the best of women at NYFF54.

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