July 30, 2015 at 10:24 pm #190885
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 .July 30, 2015 at 10:25 pm #190887
Beasts of No Nation – Teaser Trailer
m.youtube.com/watch?v=oRsaclO0VbUJuly 31, 2015 at 2:50 am #190888
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.August 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm #190889
This has all the makings of being a big player. If predicts were open, Elba would be my #1 in supporting actor.August 1, 2015 at 4:19 pm #190890
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.August 8, 2015 at 2:53 pm #190891
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.”August 8, 2015 at 4:10 pm #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.August 8, 2015 at 6:31 pm #190893
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).August 8, 2015 at 10:47 pm #190894
Is this film even eligible?
Looking forward to it either way, of course.August 8, 2015 at 11:04 pm #190895
^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.September 2, 2015 at 4:02 pm #190896
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 @HeyUGuysSeptember 2, 2015 at 4:55 pm #190897
This is gonna be a tough watch, but I’m ready to be slayed by Fukunaga, Elba, and Attah.September 2, 2015 at 6:47 pm #190898
Called it. Thank you.September 2, 2015 at 7:52 pm #190899
Never had any doubt this would be great. The question is will it get the awards attention it deserves?
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