"Armageddon Time" starring Anthony Hopkins and the BAFTA-nominated "Corsage" with the magnetic Vicky Krieps at the 27th Sofia Film Festival

Writer-director James Gray made his Venice debut three decades ago with "Little Odessa," for which he was awarded the Silver Lion for directing. His next four films have consistently been nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and the hit "Ad Astra" starring Brad Pitt received Golden Lion and Oscar nominations in 2019. His latest work, "Armageddon Time" premiered back at Cannes where it received excellent reviews and standing ovations. "The end of an era marks the beginning of everything... " James Gray tells a deeply personal story, inspired by his own childhood, about growing up and the power of family relationships; through young Paul's relationship with his grandfather Aaron (played by 14-year-old Banks Repeta and the legendary Anthony Hopkins) and his parents (strong performances by Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong), the generational difference in the pursuit of the cherished "American Dream" and the sociopolitical changes of the 1980s are recreated. "Armageddon Time" is a moral drama exposing the hypocrisy that focuses on complex issues of race and class," says Vanity Fair, while Entertainment Weekly calls the film a "triumph."

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With the Best Actor award (shared) going to Vicky Krieps in Marie Kreutzer's latest film, "Corsage," which premiered in Cannes' prestigious "Un Certain Regard" program, the film traveled to more than 50 festivals around the world and transported thousands of viewers back to the time of Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph and his temperamental wife, Empress Elisabeth. Kreutzer, who also wrote the screenplay, together with Kripps, creates a unique image of a strong woman who applies passion and courage in standing up for herself. Film critics are unanimous in their admiration for the actress's performance - the international press is full of assessments such as "revelation", "sensation", "superb", "brilliant", "daring", and "stunning". "Corsage" is one of the five works nominated for a BAFTA in the category "Film Not in the English Language".

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