Thanksgiving weekend is upon us and while Life of Pi will battle wide release titles Red Dawn and Rise of the Guardians, it'll be joined in the limited release indie market by a trio of awards contenders. Granted, there might not be that many indie films opening this weekend, but between the family get-togethers, over-eating and holiday shopping, here are three films opening up this weekend…
The documentary genre welcomes the latest entry from Ken Burns. The acclaimed director of such documentaries as Baseball, Jazz and The Civil War teams up with his daughter Sarah Burns and her husband David McMahon to shine a light on racial injustice. Specifically, the film examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who are convicted of raping and assaulting a white woman in Central Park. After spending 6 to 13 years in prison, a serial rapist confesses to the crime and the young men are freed. The film was nominated by the British Film Institute for the Grierson Award, named after John Grierson who is widely considered the godfather of documentary film.
Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson headline this bio-drama about the iconic film director Alfred Hitchcock and the struggles he faced in trying to get one of his most well-known films, Psycho, made. The film premiered at the AFI Fest a couple weeks ago and picked up some overall positive buzz. It will be interesting to see how industry voters react to Hopkins embodying Hitchcock's character. Mirren has earned favorable reviews as well and could notch a best actress nomination while Johansson also gives a solid performance as actress Janet Leigh.
Speaking of best actress contenders, Marion Cotillard is almost certain to pick up a nomination for her wrenching performance in Rust and Bone. The film will likely pick up a nomination in the best foreign film category as well and could possibly make a run at best picture, given its prior success in the festival circuit. Written and directed by Jacques Audiard (A Prophet), the film was nominated for the Palme D'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival and picked up a best film nomination at the London Film Festival. Cotillard won the Actress of the Year award from the Hollywood Film Festival and looks to be a dark horse as the awards season rolls on.