Briana Westmacott

Briana Westmacott

Sunday, 12 February 2017

That’s a Wrap

How apropos, the SBIFF culminated with a film about filmmaking. Closing night dropped the curtain at the Arlington Theatre with Their Finest, a British romantic comedy set in 1940 WWII era.

Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, and Sam Clafin star in this period piece directed by Lone Scherfig. Their Finest tells the story of a woman played by Arterton, hired by the British ministry to help write a movie to boost morale during the war and encourage the USA to help Britain. Aterton’s character is married, yet she begins to fall for her handsome lead scriptwriter played by Sam Clafin. There are many moments that highlight the process of filmmaking while taking the time to spotlight the importance of women’s contributions to the fine arts. Their Finest weaves love and war with comedy and tears. The audience in the Arlington Theatre was alive with emotion.

“LOVED” was splashed across the front of her dress in sequins. To say she dazzled the red carpet would be a fitting description of Isabelle Huppert’s entrance Wednesday night to receive the Montecito Award.

Huppert’s list of awards extends long this year. She has received the Golden Globe Award for best actress and has been recognized with accolades from film critics and festivals around the globe. Her intense role in the drama-thriller Elle has also produced her an Oscar nomination for best actress. The entire film world is watching this fearless, enigmatic star.

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