Movie poster of the weekFebruary 16, 2008
As we wait for the announcement of the Berlin Film Festival awards, Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky seems to be the front runner for the Golden Bear. I just hope I don’t have to wait as long to see that as I waited to see the 2006 Silver Bear winner, Jafar Panahi’s Offside, which I finally watched, and loved, on DVD last night. This is the wonderful French poster for the film. Sony Classics, as you can see below, sadly went in a different direction for the US release, perhaps worried that people would think it was an animated film. After the success of their own Persepolis, another Iranian girl-power film, which has grossed $3 million to Offside‘s $180,000, they might want to consider a re-release.
P.S. Happy-Go-Lucky had to make do with a Silver Bear for actress Sally Hawkins. Check out Filmbrain for outrage over the eventual winner of Der Goldene Bär.