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IdaThe Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film this year spread the wealth, bestowing its Trudy awards among eleven films.  However, a few movies stood out, foremost among them IDA, from director Pawel Pawilkowski, which won Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress.   Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD and Wes Anderson's THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL were the runners up, each receiving a pair of Trudies. | Read more »

Arsinée Khanjian Returns to Chlotrudis!

Arsinée KhanjianWe are thrilled to welcome Arsinée Khanjian back to the Chlotrudis Awards when she attends the 18th Annual Chlotrudis Awards, Sunday, March 18, 5pm at the Brattle Theatre.  Arsinée was honored with a special Chlotrudis Awards honoring her fascinating career in 2002 at the 8th Annual Chlotrudis Awards. | Read more »

APPLAUSE, starring Chlotrudis Honoree Paprika Steen Makes its way to the U.S.!

Paprika Steen in APPLAUSEThe Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is excited to announce that World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation has picked up Danish film APPLAUSE for U.S. release in early December, and we are working with the distribution company to spread the word.  Chlotrudis members will want to see Paprika Steen's show-stopping, performance as a popular actress struggling to control her alcohol addiction. Members saw the film at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, and the raves for Steen herald a potential Chlotrudis Award nomination.  | Read more »


Josh HutchersonMia WasikowskaActor Josh Hutcherson and actress Mia Wasikowska took the honors as the #1 male and female rising star on the fifth annual Popcorn N Roses Rising Stars list as announced on Sunday, July 4.

Hutcherson just edged out actor Logan Lerman for the top spot on the male side, with actor Kyle Gallner in the #3 position. On the women’s side, Wasikowska is the first non-American female to top the annual list. She is followed by actress Chloe Grace Moretz at #2 and actress Emma Stone at #3. | Read more »

A great loss...

Tracy WrightThe film world was dealt a great loss recently with the passing of Canadian actor Tracy Wright.  Tracy won the Chlotrudis Career-So-Far Award in 2007 and she was a great supporter of Chlotrudis making lots of friends when she came to  Boston to receive her award.  More, Tracy became a personal friend between her visits to Boston and our visits to Toronto in the past several years.  She was an incredibly special person that touched everyone she met.  She was an amazing actor who specialized is lonely, socially challenged characters, who infused her roles with a depth and power that lifted them above stereotype.  Tracy started her career in fringe theater, and appeared in dozens of Canadian films, including LAST NIGHT, HIGHWAY 61 and MONKEY WARFARE.  She is probably best known below the border fo | Read more »

Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony will be Dazzled with a touch of Sparkle Motion!

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is thrilled to announce our first guest to be honored at the 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards, March 21, 5pm at the Brattle Theatre. Beth Grant is exactly the kind of actor Chlotrudis loves to honor. Like Maury Chaykin and Alberta Watson, previous recipients of the “Career-so-far” award, Beth Grant is one of those people whose name you may not be familiar with, but whose face and delightfully uptight performances you will recognize from dozens of independent and mainstream films, and television. Beth Grant is the kind of performer who rarely leads the cast, but whose presence is sure to enhance anything she is in. | Read more »

Michael Meets Patricia Clarkson and Chansi Harrow!

One of the best parts about going to national film festivals includes meeting... Chlotrudis members from around the country! We met Marilyn, Maryellen, Alex and Thom (although I already knew Thom) in Toronto, and Tara at High Falls... and this year, a bunch of us were lucky enough to meet and spend time with Chansi, one of our new members from Florida! Chansi was delightful, and I hope we get to see her again soon... maybe even at this year's 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony.

One thing that Chansi did as we were leaving the screening of CAIRO TIME was take a few photos of me while introducing myself to Patricia Clarkson! Did I mention how charming she was? And how accessible? I love these photos, because not only do they capture how beautiful she was, but how personable; especially the last where it looks like she's sassing me.

Anyway, here they are for your enjoyment!

Paprika Steen Wins Best Actress Award at Karlovy Vary

Bolstered by what Variety calls a "fearless, tour-de-force performance" Paprika Steen's has taken the Best Actress Award at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for her new film APPLAUSE. The role was written especially for Paprika, who plays an arrogant aging diva struggling with addiction so she can regain custody of her two sons.

The film is set for limited release in Denmark at the end of September. I'm hoping that the film plays Toronto and that I might actually get to meet Paprika in person at last. This is one we'll definitely keep an eye out for!

Check out this great scene from the film:

An Unlikely Pair?

Unlikely perhaps, but one that's sure to thrill Chlotrudis members. Director Hirokazu Kore-eda first caught our attention with the masterful AFTER LIFE in the late 90s. Since then he challenged us with the powerfully unreadable DISTANCE, and the emotionally crushing NOBODY KNOWS. HANA has yet to receive distribution in the U.S., and Chlotrudis is co-presenting his latest completed effort, STILL WALKING, at the Independent Film Festival of Boston next weekend. South Korean actress and Chlotrudis nominees Du-Na Bae first caught our eye in the lovely TAKE CARE OF MY CAT, before wowing us with her comedic chops in the effervescent LINDA! LINDA! LINDA! and thrilling us with her archery-wielding heroine in THE HOST. But when these two come together later this year, the result promises to be something truly very special.

In Kore-eda's Kûki Ningyô (AIR DOLL), Du-Na Bae plays an inflatable sex-doll who gains a soul and comes to life, eventually falling in love with a video store clerk played by Arata, one of the counsellors from AFTER LIFE. Kore-eda intends to convey the deeper emotional impact of the story, exploring both the pain and joy of being alive, and with Du-Na Bae in the title role, it's bound to be very special.

Now you can see a 5 minute clip on the making of AIR DOLL featuring a magical sequence where we see that the doll has the ability to float. Check it out over at Nippon Cinema.

An Eerie Pre-Chlotrudis Calm

It's the day before the 14th Annual Chlotrudis Awards, and aside from waking up earlier than I'd hoped, I'm strangely calm about the whole affair. (Okay, maybe I'm still a little concerned about the two musical numbers which will have final rehearsals tomorrow afternoon before the show.) Perhaps now having done this for nine years (publicly) things just move pretty smoothly. The voting is done (for the most part) and we've got our winners. The speeches are written, the multi-media is wrapped up, and the guests will start arriving today.

I'm very excited about our Career-so-far Award winner this year. One of the joys of honoring a deserving and often under-appreciated actor or filmmaker at the Awards is in preparation for their arrival I go through their body of work and get reminded of the reasons we are honoring them in the first place. Such was the case with this year's guest, Alberta Watson. I knew Alberta Watson was a good choice for this year's award just from the several films that immediately sprang to mind when we considered her. What I discovered was those films were just a small sampling of the terrific work this actress has shared with us over the years. Alberta enjoys an extensive film and television career, and she seems like she's going to be a lot of fun as well. You can find out for yourself by joining us tomorrow night at the Ceremony.

So I hope to see many of you local readers at the Brattle Theatre tomorrow, Sunday, March 30, 5 p.m. Chlotrudis Awards is a decidedly unique experience, one that most movie buffs know not to miss. Tickets are $20/$15 for members of the Brattle or Chlotrudis. Hope to see you there!