Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Ian McKellen Join Oscar Race with Branagh’s “All is True”


Just to show you the Oscar race can’t be prognosticated so easily months out:

Sony Pictures Classics has announced a qualifying run for Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare fantasy, “All is True.” Branagh directed and plays the Bard, Judi Dench is his wife, Anne, and Ian McKellen plays the Earl of Southampton. Ben Elton wrote the screenplay.

The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family.

Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.

SPC already has a lot on its plate: Glenn Close in “The Wife,” two foreign films– “Never Look Away” and “Capernaum.” If they’re trying an Oscar run for this one, it must be good.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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