Saturday, June 03, 2006

And the Bravest Actress Award goes to...

...one of my favourites, Naomi Watts. According to news reports, she has been signed up for lead roles in Michael Haneke and David Cronenberg's next projects. Two filmmakers responsible for some of the most disturbing and violent films of recent times. Also two filmmakers who take themselves seriously and deservedly so. I was slightly disappointed to learn that Haneke is remaking his own German thriller Funny Games. I hope the new American version is different because I don't know if Funny Games can be improved in any sense. It is already as nasty as it can get. Cronenberg's next project, titles Eastern Promises, sounds equally dark. It is a story about illegal sex trafficking and prostitution in underground London. Viggo Mortensen is playing the other lead role. I hope Watts shines in both of the movies and so do the two directors. It was such a shame that Watts was ignored for her performance in David Lynch's Mulholland Dr.

Link to the news item.

4 comments:

ventilatorblues said...

Are we restricted to current actresses? If not, my award goes to Liz Taylor for daring to step into the shoes of Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf"

Alok said...

oops! I haven't yet seen that film... :(

actually I wasn't exactly thinking of a competition but yes there can be a long list of (potentially) psychologically damaging roles that one can think of.

ventilatorblues said...

Alok
I know it wasnt a setup for a contest. Just going off on a tangent, fishing for comments, if you will. :)

Alok said...

Ohh! I am touched :)