Astounding is the only word to describe Belle: astounding that it was directed by a second-time filmmaker; astounding that what looks like a $250 million film was made for under $10 million, and, most of all, astounding that it is based on a true story.
In screenwriter and director Callie Khouri's world, complex, interesting women are front and center. For her trailblazing portraits of strong women in film and television, Khouri will be honored at the Athena Film Festival Awards Ceremony on February 8.
August: Osage County is the story of the dysfunctional Weston family in Oklahoma. Dermot Mulroney plays Karen Weston's fiancé—an oft-married, Ferrari-driving realtor from Florida who hits on Karen's 14-year-old niece.
In To The Wonder, Olga Kuryleno plays a French woman who enchants, marries, and ultimately leaves Ben Affleck. Like Javier Bardem, who portrays a Spanish-speaking priest, Kurylenko's scenes are entirely subtitled, imparting a foreign-film texture to the Oklahoma-based story.