The 2011 SXSW Film Festival is winding down, but not before what is perhaps the fest’s biggest premiere last night, Jodie Foster’s The Beaver. In any given year this may not have been such a big film, but with Mel Gibson’s career in turmoil amid some scandalous allegations (and very public audio tapes), all eyes have been on Foster’s third feature as a director to see if Gibson can potentially use the film to inch his way back into movies.
@PeterAMartin: THE BEAVER: Heart on its sleeve, pumping a steady supply of sincere sentimentality. Genuine, touching, if a bit on the nose. #sxsw
@EricVespe: It really is a shame that Mel Gibson is being hidden from the press. His performance in The Beaver is a fantastic and introspective.
@rejects: THE BEAVER has comedy in the situation, sorrow in it's story. Incredible performances. Very touching, well crafted. #sxsw
Meanwhile, the festival has handed out is main awards for 2011, with Natural Selection taking Best Narrative Feature, and Dragonslayer taking Best Documentary Feature. Meanwhile the Audience Awards went to Kumare (documentary feature), Natural Selection (narrative feature), Becoming Santa (spotlight premieres) and Weekend (emerging visions).