Friday, January 27, 2012

Babel


2006 International Drama Film

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Writer: Guillermo Arriaga & Alejandro González Iñárritu

Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto

Running time: 143 minutes

Country: United States, Mexico & France

Tagline: If you want to be understood...Listen

Cast:
Brad Pitt as Richard Jones
Cate Blanchett as Susan Jones
Mohamed Akhzam as Anwar
Peter Wight as Tom
Harriet Walter as Lilly
Michael Maloney as James
Driss Roukhe as Alarid
Boubker Ait El Caid as Yussef
Said Tarchani as Ahmed
Mustapha Rachidi as Abdullah
Abdelkader Bara as Hassan
Wahiba Sahmi as Zohra
Robert Fyfe as Tourist Number 14
Adriana Barraza as Amelia
Gael García Bernal as Santiago
Elle Fanning as Debbie Jones
Nathan Gamble as Mike Jones
Clifton Collins Jr. as Police Officer at Mexican border
Michael Pena as Officer John
Rinko Kikuchi as Chieko Wataya
Kōji Yakusho as Yasujiro Wataya
Satoshi Nikaido as Detective Kenji Mamiya
Yuko Murata as Mitsu
Shigemitsu Ogi as Dentist Chieko attempts to seduce

Plot
Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

Awards:
  1. ACCEC Award- Best Foreign Film (Millor película estrangera) Alejandro González Iñárritu- ACCEC Awards
  2. AFI Film Award- AFI Movie of the Year Jon Kilik, Steve Golin & Alejandro González Iñárritu- ALMA Awards
  3. ALMA Award- Outstanding Actress - Motion Picture Adriana BarrazaALMA Awards
  4. ALMA Award- Outstanding Director - Motion Picture Alejandro González Iñárritu ALMA Awards
  5. ALMA Award- Outstanding Motion Picture- ALMA Awards
  6. ALMA Award- Outstanding Screenplay - Motion Picture Guillermo Arriaga-ALMA Awards 
  7. Oscar-Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
    Gustavo Santaolalla- Academy Awards, USA
  8. Eddie-Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic Stephen Mirrione & Douglas Crise-American Cinema Editors, USA
  9. Austin Film Critics Award-Best Supporting Actress Rinko Kikuchi-Austin Film Critics Association 
  10. Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music-Gustavo Santaolalla-BAFTA Awards
  11. Bodil-Best American Film (Bedste amerikanske film) Alejandro González Iñárritu- Bodil Awards
  12. Best Director-Alejandro González Iñárritu- Cannes Film Festival
  13. Prize of the Ecumenical Jury-Alejandro González Iñárritu-Cannes Film Festival
  14. Technical Grand Prize-Stephen Mirrione-Cannes Film Festival
  15. Capri Exploit Award-Rinko Kikuchi- Capri, Hollywood
  16. CFCA Award-Best Supporting Actress Rinko Kikuchi- Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
  17. David-Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero) Alejandro González Iñárritu-David di Donatello Awards
  18. Fotogramas de Plata-Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) Alejandro González IñárrituFotogramas de Plata
  19. Golden Globe-Best Motion Picture – Drama-Golden Globes, USA
  20. Best Ensemble Cast-Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Kôji Yakusho, Adriana Barraza, Rinko Kikuchi, Said Tarchani & Boubker Ait El Caid-Gotham Awards
  21. Breakthrough Award-Rinko Kikuchi-Gotham Awards
  22. NBR Award-Breakthrough Performance – Female Rinko Kikuchi-National Board of Review, USA
  23. NBR Award-Top Ten Films-National Board of Review, USA
  24. Director of the Year Award-Alejandro González Iñárritu-Palm Springs International Film Festival
  25. Ensemble Cast Award-Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Adriana Barraza, Rinko Kikuchi, Gael García Bernal, Kôji Yakusho, Said Tarchani & Boubker Ait El Caid-Palm Springs International Film Festival
  26. Robert-Best American Film (Årets amerikanske film) Alejandro González Iñárritu-Robert Festival
  27. SDFCS Award-Best Ensemble Performance- Rinko Kikuchi, Cate Blanchett, 
    Brad Pitt, Kôji Yakusho, Gael García Bernal & Adriana Barraza-
    San Diego Film Critics Society Awards
  28. SDFCS Award-Best Score Gustavo Santaolalla-San Diego Film Critics Society Awards
  29. SFFCC Award-Best Supporting Actress Adriana Barraza-San Francisco Film Critics Circle 
  30. Audience Award-Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) Alejandro González Iñárritu-Sant Jordi Awards
  31. Satellite Award-Best Original Score Gustavo Santaolalla-Satellite Awards 

Trivia
The scene where Chieko (Rinko Kikuchi) and her father are in the car together was shot without filming permission from the city due to slow Japanese bureaucratic procedures. The crew created "man-made" busy traffic, and began shooting the scene. Later the police started chasing them while still shooting the scene. 

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