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Bardem in Biutiful, and Winter's Bone director

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 28 January 2011

With Kirsty Lang.

Javier Bardem is nominated for Best Actor in this year's Acedemy Awards for his performance in Biutiful, playing a dying man struggling with family problems and the world of illegal immigration in contemporary Barcelona. Biutiful, also nominated for the Best Foreign Langauge Film Oscar, is directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Antonia Quirke reviews.

Winter's Bone is a dark tale of one young woman's search for her drug-dealing father who's disappeared in the poor rural area of the Ozark Mountains. The film was nominated for four Oscars this week, including Best Picture. Debra Granik, the film's director, discusses the making of last year's word-of-mouth hit.

A Beautiful Lie is the title of a novel for young readers by Irfan Master. Set in India in 1947, it deals with the politics of partition. He joins Bali Rai, whose book City of Ghosts takes revolution in Amritsar in 1919 as its starting point, to discuss writing Indian politics in children's fiction.

Hammad Khan's recent film Slakistan about westernised twenty-somethings in the Pakistani capital city of Islamabad has provoked a string of objections from the Pakistani authorities preventing its release across the country unless extensive cuts are made. The film's director Hammad Khan, who sits on the British Board of Film Classification, discusses why he thinks the Pakistan film censors are taking such a hard line.

And the last of Matthew Sweet's film reports comes from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

Chapters

5 items
  • Biutiful

    Main picture shows:
    Javier Bardem in Biutiful

    Biutiful is in selected cinemas across the UK, certificate 15.

    Biutiful
  • Winter's Bone

    Winter's Bone is released on DVD on Monday, before being re-released in selected cinemas from February, certificate 15.

    Winter's Bone
  • Irfan Master and Bali Rai

    A Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master is published by Bloomsbury.

    City of Ghosts by Bali Rai is published by Doubleday.

  • Slakistan

    Slakistan

    Front Row reviewed Slakistan on 25 November 2010. You can listen by clicking on the link below.

    Slakistan
  • Brief Encounters

    Matthew Sweet will be bringing all his Brief Encounters film reports together in a one-hour, Omnibus edition, tomorrow at 8pm on Radio 4.

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