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    Beasts of No Nation is an upcoming
    American war drama film directed and
    written by Cary Fukunaga, based on the
    2005 novel of the same name by
    Uzodinma Iweala . The film stars
    Idris Elba, Ama K. Abebrese, Grace
    Nortey, David Dontoh and Opeyemi
    Fagbohungbe. It has been selected to
    be screened in the main competition
    section of the 72nd Venice
    International Film Festival ,and it
    has been selected to be shown in the
    Special Presentations section of the
    2015 Toronto International Film
    Festival .

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    twenty
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    Beasts of No Nation – Teaser Trailer

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=oRsaclO0VbU

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    AviChristiaans
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    I read the book with a bunch of college friends way back in the day. Heart-breaking. Very tough to read, especially knowing that this story is based on fact.
    This will single handedly be the most emotionally charged, sympathetic film of the year.

    Hopefully the script and direction stays true to the flow of the book.

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    PJ Edwards
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    This has all the makings of being a big player. If predicts were open, Elba would be my #1 in supporting actor. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    Looks great. Elba should be in consideration for Supporting Actor (or lead?) for sure. Fukunaga is a great director, so this is in capable hands.

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    twenty
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    An East Coast movie maven I’m vaguely acquainted with has passed along a purported response to a research screening of Cary Fukanaga‘s Beasts of No Nation (Bleecker/Netflix, 10.16), which will screen next month at the Venice and Toronto film festivals (and perhaps also at Telluride). Pic is basically about a young African kid, Agu (Abraham Attah), being turned into a monster by the horrors of fighting a mercenary war. Idris Elba is the only marquee name although his character, a fiendish warlord called “Commandant”, is supporting. Everything is bunk until proven otherwise, so take these condensed and edited words with a grain of salt: 

    “I couldn’t heap enough praise on it as it stands now,” says a Research Screening Guy With No Name. “The film is powerful throughout, although it has some genuinely very funny moments in the beginning before we embark on Agu’s harrowing journey. Fukunaga really got great performances from all the non-actors. Attah is charming, heartbreaking, sometimes terrifying. Strika (not sure of the actor’s name because we had to fill out questionnaires as soon as the credits started rolling) is one of the most fascinating younger roles I’ve seen in a while. Elba is definitely supporting in every way, but he looms so large over the film. Definitely his best work, in my opinion.

    “The relationship between Agu and Elba’s Commandant reminded me of the dynamic between DiCaprio/Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York, although I think both performances and the film as whole are a lot stronger. The violence in the film is maybe analogous to Waltz with Bashir‘s real-life footage just because of how unnerving, intense and legitimately difficult the more graphic scenes are. [But] the more graphically violent scenes come in bursts and don’t weigh down the film in any way. I would also compare it favorably to the action/violence City of God. I wouldn’t call it an inspirational film, but I definitely felt the ending was hopeful.” 

    http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com/2015/08/dont-trust/#more-71451
     

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    TomHardys
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    #190892

    In a perfect world Abraham Attah would get nominated in a heartbeat… He looks tremendously good and he has a great great character in hands. I hope this movie gets the big O.

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    Abraham Attah looks like a pretty safe bet for the Marcello Mastroianni Award at Venice for young actors. I think Idris can sweep in supporting, but it’s hard to say how Netflix will play their card. A24 has a lot more experience as a company and it still couldn’t get Chastain in last year (although it might be a moot point if Elba is that much better).

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    DominicCobb
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    Is this film even eligible?

    Looking forward to it either way, of course. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    ^Yes. It’s getting a qualifying theatrical run first before coming to Netflix. They did a similar strategy with ‘Virunga’ last year which earned an Oscar nomination for best documentary.

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    Robbie Collin ‏@robbiereviews 3m3 minutes ago
    Beasts of No Nation treats your heart, mind & soul like the Hulk would a punchbag. Peeling myself off the back wall of the cinema #Venezia72

    Viktor Jerner ‏@ViktorJerner 3m3 minutes ago
    Netflix is doing some serious muscle-flexing with BEASTS OF NO NATION. So good. A heartbreaking attack on the senses. Elba: wow. #Venezia72

    CrewScreenweek 2m2 minutes ago
    #BeastsofNoNation Of Fukunaga’s epic and scary, with a great soundtrack. # Venezia72

    Marta Peregomarta_perego 38s39 seconds August
    Epic stories, very strong. The war of eating everything especially childhood #fukunaga # Venezia72

    Ed Gibbs ‏@EdGibbs 10s10 seconds ago
    Beasts of No Nation a stirring, visceral war drama, strong perfs – if only it had opened #venice72

    Lorenzo Ciorcalo ‏@rotovisor 53s54 seconds ago
    #Venezia72 #BeastsOfNoNation Obsessed, intoxicated wandering. Brown-brown, red, black. Uplifting in the end but poison-dripping.

    @PeterBradshaw1 2m2 minutes ago
    Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation is a brutal civil war nightmare with a shiver of Coppola’s Apocalypse Now – review later #Venezia72

    CineVue ‏@CineVue 5m5 minutes ago
    ‘Beasts of No Nation’: Idris Elba proves himself too good an actor to waste on Bond. A masterful performance (via @drjonty). #Venezia72

    Jo-Ann Titmarsh ‏@jokamojo 3m3 minutes ago
    Beasts of No Nation an unflinching account of boy soldiers. Elba excellent as commander enjoying his spoils. #Beasts #Venezia72 @HeyUGuys

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    Tye-Grr
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    This is gonna be a tough watch, but I’m ready to be slayed by Fukunaga, Elba, and Attah.

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    PJ Edwards
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    #190898

    Called it. Thank you.

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    DominicCobb
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    #190899

    Never had any doubt this would be great. The question is will it get the awards attention it deserves?

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    81 on metacritic based on 5 reviews. Still early days but I’m so glad Attah’s performance is singled out in all these reviews! C’mon academy! Give Attah his Oscar!!!

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