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The Wonder Ending Explained: Florence Pugh And A Fasting Girl

The Wonder Ending Explained: Florence Pugh And A Fasting Girl
Sebastián Lelio's films have often dealt with the experiences of women on the edge or at a major crossroads in their lives. His characters are challenged by present difficulties and past traumas that appear directly in front of them all at once, and Lelio uses every tool possible to fill his movies with their subjective view of events. In his 2022 film "The Wonder," based on Emma Donoghue's book of the same name, that subjectivity becomes a core question: How can one know the experience of another?

Elizabeth (Florence Pugh), or Lib, has a rational view of things. Because of that, her arrival in a provincial Irish village for the purpose of taking care of (and observing) a seemingly mystical phenomenon is practically designed to push her out of her comfort zone. The character served as a nurse in the Crimean War, surrounded by death on all sides, and
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Aftersun Scores At The British Independent Film Awards

Aftersun Scores At The British Independent Film Awards
It was a great night for Charlotte Wells' father-daughter drama Aftersun at the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday evening, as the film—– already a favourite going into the evening after 16 nominations, won seven, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Other films scoring several awards included Blue Jean, and The Origin, about a nomadic tribe that faces a terrifying ancient threat that comes when night falls.

The BIFAs continued non-gender-specific main performances categories and added one, the Joint Lead Performance, awarded to Tamara Lawrance and Letitia Wright for their roles as extraordinary real-life siblings who communicated only with each other in The Silent Twins.

Here is the full list of winners…

Best British Independent Film

AftersunCharlotte Wells, Barry Jenkins, Mark Ceryak, Adele Romanski, Amy Jackson – Winner

Blue Jean – Georgia Oakley, Hélène Sifre

Good Luck To You, Leo Grande – Sophie Hyde, Katy Brand, Debbie Gray, Adrian Politowski

LivingOliver Hermanus,
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BIFA 2022 – Red Carpet Interviews & Full List of Winners

BIFA 2022 – Red Carpet Interviews & Full List of Winners
It has been a stellar year for British talent, as is evidenced by the amazing line up of films celebrated and championed by BIFA this evening. The British Independent Film Awards were handed out this evening in London and we were there to talk to the presenters and nominees on the red carpet.

A full list of winners follows the interviews. Colin Hart and Ethan Hart were on the red carpet, here are their interviews.

The 2022 BIFAs Red Carpet Interviews

The full list of winners is below.

Best British Independent Film

Aftersun Charlotte Wells, Barry Jenkins, Mark Ceryak, Adele Romanski, Amy Jackson (Winner)

Blue Jean Georgia Oakley, Hélène Sifre

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande Sophie Hyde, Katy Brand, Debbie Gray, Adrian Politowski

Living Oliver Hermanus, Kazuo Ishiguro, Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen

The Wonder Sebastián Lelio, Emma Donoghue, Alice Birch, Juliette Howell, Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross, Ed Guiney

Best Director,
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‘Aftersun’ Triumphs at British Independent Film Awards 2022 With Seven Wins

‘Aftersun’ Triumphs at British Independent Film Awards 2022 With Seven Wins
Charlotte Wells’ directorial feature debut, “Aftersun,” took home the most awards of any nominated film at the 25th annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), nabbing seven victories out of 16 nominations.

The film spans a 20-year period, beginning with 11-year-old Sophie (Frankie Corio) on a father-daughter vacation to Turkey and culminating with her reflection on that experience in adulthood. Upon its premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, “Aftersun” was winner of the French Touch Jury Prize. Most recently, Wells received a breakthrough director prize at the Gotham Awards.

At the Sunday evening ceremony, “Normal People” actor Daisy Edgar-Jones presented the award for best British independent film to Wells. Also added to the feature’s list of accolades were awards for best director, best debut director, best screenplay, best cinematography, best editing and best music supervision.

Director Georgia Oakley’s “Blue Jean” saw a surge of recognition as well, with wins in
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British Independent Film Awards: ‘Aftersun’ Sweeps With 7 Wins Including Best Film

British Independent Film Awards: ‘Aftersun’ Sweeps With 7 Wins Including Best Film
Scottish filmmaker Charlotte Wells’s acclaimed debut feature Aftersun swept the board, snagging seven wins at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) in London this evening.

The film won Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director. This evening’s four wins were added to the film’s previously announced haul in the craft categories with three wins including Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Music Supervision.

Georgia Oakley’s 1980s Section 28 era set Blue Jean, which trailed only Aftersun for the most nominations, picked up three awards on the night: Best Lead Performance for Rosy McEwen, Best Supporting Performance for Kerrie Hayes, and Oakley took home the Best Debut Screenwriter award sponsored by Film4.

Elsewhere, Safia Oakley-Green won the Breakthrough Performance award for her role in Andrew Cumming’s debut feature The Origin and Tamara Lawrance and Letitia Wright picked
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‘Aftersun’ shines as big winner of 2022 Bifas

‘Aftersun’ shines as big winner of 2022 Bifas
Charlotte Wells’ debut scooped seven prizes, including best British independent film and best director.

Charlotte Wells’ directorial debut feature Aftersun was the big winner of the 2022 British Independent Film Awards (Bifas), taking seven prizes at Sunday night’s (December 4) ceremony in London.

Wells’ drama won the award for best British independent film, best director, the Douglas Hickox Award for best debut director, and best screenplay, adding to the three craft awards already announced – best cinematography, best editing and best music supervision.

The Cannes premiere follows a daughter as she reflects on her relationship with her complicated father, through memories of a summer holiday in Turkey,
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Bifas 2022: Full list of winners – as they happen

Bifas 2022: Full list of winners – as they happen
The awards ceremony takes place today (December 4), starting at 8pm UK time.

The 2022 British Independent Film Awards (Bifas) ceremony is taking place today (December 4) at London’s Old Billingsgate.

The show starts at 8pm UK time, finishing at approximately 10pm.

Screen will be posting all the winners on this page as they are announced during the live ceremony (refresh the page for latest updates).

Leading the pack for nominations is Charlotte Wells’ Aftersun, with 16 mentions – the second-most ever for a film at the Bifas, behind only Saint Maud’s record 17 from 2020. The feature has already won three of those awards,
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"The Wonder" on Netflix

The drama “The Wonder”, directed by Sebastián Lelio, based on the book by Emma Donoghue, stars Florence Pugh (“Black Widow”), Tom Burke, Niamh Algar, Josie Walker, Elaine Cassidy, Kíla Lord Cassidy, Toby Jones, Dermot Crowley, Brían F. O’Byrne and Ciarán Hinds, now streaming on Netflix:

“…in the ‘Irish Midlands’ in 1862, a young girl stops eating but remains miraculously alive and well. English nurse ‘Lib Wright’ is brought to a tiny village to observe young ‘Anna O’Donnell’.

“Tourists and pilgrims mass to witness the girl who is said to have survived without food for months. Is the village harbouring a saint ‘surviving on manna from heaven’ or are there more ominous motives at work?”

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Film Review: The Wonder (2022): A Dark Dramatic Film with a Solid Lead Performance by Florence Pugh

Film Review: The Wonder (2022): A Dark Dramatic Film with a Solid Lead Performance by Florence Pugh
The Wonder Review — The Wonder (2022) Film Review, a movie directed by Sebastian Lelio, written by Emma Donoghue, Alice Birch and Sebastian Lelio and starring Florence Pugh, Tom Burke, Kila Lord Cassidy, Niamh Algar, David Wilmot, Ruth Bradley, Toby Jones, Dermot Crowley, Ciaran Hinds, Brian F. O’Byrne, Josie Walker, Elaine Cassidy and Caolan [...]

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‘The Wonder’s Florence Pugh And Sebastián Lelio On Creating Female Agency, Historical Inspirations And “Faith Vs. Science” – Contenders L.A.

‘The Wonder’s Florence Pugh And Sebastián Lelio On Creating Female Agency, Historical Inspirations And “Faith Vs. Science” – Contenders L.A.
The Wonder director Sebastián Lelio and star Florence Pugh joined Deadline’s Contenders Film: Los Angeles awards-season event to talk about their Netflix film and the power and fanaticism of faith.

The film is a psychological period drama that follows an English nurse’s immaculate investigation in the Irish countryside. Set in 1862 Ireland, Lib Wright (Pugh) is brought to a small religious village to investigate the validity of a young girl (Kíla Lord Cassidy) who has claimed to have survived without eating for months by the grace of God. Tom Burke, Ciarán Hinds and Elaine Cassidy also star.

Related: The Contenders Film: Los Angeles – Deadline’s Full Coverage

Pugh explained how she interpreted the challenge of embodying a stringent female nurse who aims to dismantle the religious beliefs in a patriarchal town.

“For me, before anything, it was really important to figure out who [Nurse Wright] was.” Pugh said. “Lib is a Nightingale nurse,
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Netflix: Best New TV Shows & Movies This Weekend (November 18)

Netflix: Best New TV Shows & Movies This Weekend (November 18)
This weekend, Netflix is adding a psychological period drama movie, a Christmas movie, a mystery-horror TV series, a new season of an adult animated series, and a fantasy adventure movie. Last weekend, the streaming giant welcomed volume 2 of Minions & More, the mystery thriller Angels & Demons, the historical biopic The Railway Man, the African rom-com Dinner At My Place, the horror comedy Goosebumps, and the mystery drama Where the Crawdads Sing, along with season 5 of The Crown, the Christmas rom-com Falling for Christmas, season 2 of Warrior Nun, and the documentary Capturing the Killing Nurse.

On the licensed content front, this weekend will see the arrival of the supernatural action movie R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the Damned, the African dramas Nafsi and The Griot, and season 2 of the Korean crime thriller series The Good Detective. As for original content, Netflix subscribers will get to enjoy a psychological period drama starring Florence Pugh,
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The Wonder Cast & Character Guide

The Wonder Cast & Character Guide
The Netflix period drama The Wonder features a talented cast of English and Irish actors in the roles of its 19th-century characters. Directed by Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman) and based on Emma Donoghue's 2016 novel of the same name, The Wonder is centered around a young girl in 1862 Ireland who claims not to have eaten anything for months, save for "manna from Heaven." Since premiering at the Telluride Film Festival, the psychological drama has received positive reviews mostly praising the performances of its ensemble cast.

Among the cast of The Wonder are a couple of Oscar nominees, including rising movie star Florence Pugh. She plays the main character, an English nurse sent to a rural village in the Irish Midlands to examine the supposed saint. The movie marks a creative reunion for Pugh, as the screenplay for The Wonder was co-written by Alice Birch, who also scripted Pugh's breakout film,
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The Wonder review: Florence Pugh is at home in this beguiling period drama – with a controversial beginning

The Wonder review: Florence Pugh is at home in this beguiling period drama – with a controversial beginning
Dir: Sebastián Lelio. Starring: Florence Pugh, Tom Burke, Kíla Lord Cassidy, Elaine Cassidy, Caolán Byrne, Niamh Algar, Toby Jones, Ciarán Hinds. 15, 108 minutes.

Watching The Wonder on Netflix, you’ll think you’ve clicked on the wrong film. The beguiling period drama starring Florence Pugh opens not in Ireland’s boglands as promised by the trailer, but in the harsh light of a film studio. A disembodied voice (Niamh Algar’s) will reassure you that this is indeed The Wonder. The voice continues: “The people you are about to meet, the characters, believe in their stories with complete devotion. We are nothing without stories. So we invite you to believe in this one.”

It’s an odd, and already critically divisive, beginning. The film sees director Sebastián Lelio and screenwriter Alice Birch (known for her work on Succession and Normal People) take on Emma Donoghue’s 2016 novel of the same name.
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‘The Wonder’ Review: Florence Pugh Stuns as a Woman of Science in a Community of Faith

‘The Wonder’ Review: Florence Pugh Stuns as a Woman of Science in a Community of Faith
This review originally ran September 2, 2022, in conjunction with the film’s world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.

You’ll need to have faith in your core to be swept away by Sebastián Lelio’s lovely and elegiac “The Wonder,” a mournful and textured psychodrama that gently nurses one into hope and spiritual serenity.

But not a religious kind of faith, to be clear: You’ll just need to believe in, or at least gradually come to accept, the power of stories as a means of survival.

A deeply feminine tale of fortitude with heart and teeth, “The Wonder” (making its world premiere at the 2022 Telluride Film Festival) hints at this very suggestion right at the start — perhaps a tad too expressly — and opens on what looks like a contemporary film stage. As the camera pans, it unveils the yarn’s eventual setting, the impoverished Irish Midlands of the 19th Century,
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‘The Wonder’ (2022) – Netflix Mystery Drama – Review: Florence Pugh is Brilliant

‘The Wonder’ (2022) – Netflix Mystery Drama – Review: Florence Pugh is Brilliant
The Wonder is a movie directed by Sebastián Lelio starring Florence Pugh and Tom Burke.

An intriguing story, with complex characterizations, in this well developed screenplay. Add to that the good performances and the atmospherics of a good scenography, and you have one of the month’s best movies.

Premise The Wonder (2022)

It is 1862, after the Great Famine, Lib Wright, a nurse, leaves England for Ireland to observe what some see as a medical anomaly and others a miracle, namely, that a girl, Anna, has survived without food for months. In a remote cottage, Lib must watch over the girl in shifts, alternating with a nun, appeasing the town inhabitants who are skeptical of science. Tourists flock to see 11-year-old Anna O’Donnell, and a journalist has come to cover the sensation as two strangers transform each other’s lives in a story of love pitted against evil.

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"The Wonder" on Netflix

"The Wonder" is the new drama feature directed by Sebastián Lelio, based on the book by Emma Donoghue, starring Florence Pugh (“Black Widow”), Tom Burke, Niamh Algar, Josie Walker, Elaine Cassidy, Kíla Lord Cassidy, Toby Jones, Dermot Crowley, Brían F. O’Byrne and Ciarán Hinds, streaming November 16, 2022 on Netflix:

“…in the ‘Irish Midlands’ in 1862, a young girl suddenly stops eating but remains miraculously alive and well. English nurse ‘Lib Wright’ is brought to a tiny village to observe young ‘Anna O’Donnell’.

“Tourists and pilgrims mass to witness the girl who is said to have survived without food for months. Is the village harbouring a saint ‘surviving on manna from heaven’ or are there more ominous motives at work?”

Click the images to enlarge…
See full article at SneakPeek »

British Independent Film Awards: ‘Aftersun,’ ‘Blue Jean’ & ‘The Wonder’ Lead Nominations

British Independent Film Awards: ‘Aftersun,’ ‘Blue Jean’ & ‘The Wonder’ Lead Nominations
Scottish filmmaker Charlotte Wells’s debut feature Aftersun leads the nominations for this year’s British Independent Film Awards with a sweeping 16 nods, including Best Director and Best film.

The film’s impressive nominations haul includes Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Debut Director (the Douglas Hickox Award) and Best Debut Screenwriter nods for Wells and a Best Joint Lead Performance nomination for stars Paul Mescal and newcomer Frankie Corio, who received a Breakthrough Performance nomination. The Barry Jenkins-produced pic is also up for Best British Independent Film and racked up a further nine craft nominations, including Best Casting and Cinematography.

Inspired by, but not based on, Wells’s experiences as the child of young parents, the poignant ’90s-set film explores a father and daughter’s complex relationship against the backdrop of a simmering holiday the pair have taken to a resort in Turkey.

Georgia Oakley’s debut film Blue Jean trails behind with 13 nominations.
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‘Aftersun,’ ‘Blue Jean,’ ‘The Wonder’ Lead British Independent Film Awards Nominations

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‘Aftersun,’ ‘Blue Jean,’ ‘The Wonder’ Lead British Independent Film Awards Nominations
Charlotte Wells’ “Aftersun” and Georgia Oakley’s “Blue Jean” led the nominations at the 2022 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) with 16 and 13 nods respectively.

Sebastián Lelio’s “The Wonder” followed with 12 nominations, Oliver Hermanus’ “Living” nine and Peter Strickland’s “Flux Gourmet” seven.

From this year, the awards are permanently going gender neutral for acting categories with the traditional best and supporting actress and actor awards being replaced by best lead performance, best supporting performance, best joint lead performance — for performances that are the joint focus of the film — and best ensemble.

The nominations were revealed at London’s Everyman Broadgate cinema by hosts, actors Sam Clafin (“Peaky Blinders”) and Kosar Ali (double BIFA winner for “Rocks”).

BIFA Nominations 2022

The Richard Harris Award For Outstanding Contribution By An Actor To British Film

To Be Announced

Best British Independent Film

Aftersun” – Charlotte Wells, Barry Jenkins, Mark Ceryak, Adele Romanski, Amy Jackson

“Blue Jean” – Georgia Oakley,
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Sebastian Lelio, Niamh Algar & more on the collision of science & religion that makes up The Wonder

Sebastian Lelio, Niamh Algar & more on the collision of science & religion that makes up The Wonder
The Wonder is a fascinating film from the brilliant mind of Room author Emma Donoghue, and brought to life emphatically by Chilean filmmaker Sebastian Lelio. To mark the film’s release, theatrically at first before finding a home on Netflix, we had the pleasure in speaking to several of the talented individuals behind it.

First up we spoke to Lelio, as he talks about directing Florence Pugh, and exploring the collision of science and religion on screen. We also chat to Niamh Algar, who talks about the opening/closing sequences in which she features, and and on the power and poetry of Lelio’s work. We follow that with a chat with a mother and a daughter, who play mother and daughter in the film – as Elaine Cassidy and Kila Lord Cassidy discuss their collaboration on the project. We end on a chat with Emma Donoghue herself – as she talks
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From ‘Oppenheimer’ to ‘Dune: Part Two,’ Here’s Where to See Florence Pugh Next

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From ‘Oppenheimer’ to ‘Dune: Part Two,’ Here’s Where to See Florence Pugh Next
For better or worse, 2022 has been the year of Florence Pugh.

Don’t Worry Darling” reached a level of pop culture relevance that most arthouse films can only dream of, with film festival attendees and celebrity gossip addicts hanging on every detail of the rumored feud between Pugh and her director and co-star Olivia Wilde. But while the film’s reviews were mixed, nobody denied that Pugh gave a phenomenal performance in the lead role. Captivating industry observers while having the acting chops to justify the attention is the stuff that movie stars are made of.

Pugh won’t be leaving the limelight any time soon, as her upcoming film slate leaves her well positioned to capitalize on her current momentum. She’s currently working with directors ranging from Christopher Nolan to Denis Villeneuve, and will be seen everywhere from indie dramas to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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