71st British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAS)

71st British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAS)

Last night the 71st British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAS) was hosted at The Royal Albert Hall, London. Today I decided to look at some of the winning films that have been adapted from books.

The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden won the award for Best Film Not In The English Language. The film is based on the book ‘The Fingersmith’ written by Sarah Waters.

The Handmaiden movie poster


Director – Park Chan-wook
Stars – Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo
Run Time – 145 Minutes

1930s. In Japanese-occupied Korea, a conman operating under the sobriquet of “Count Fujiwara” plans to seduce a Japanese heiress named Lady Hideko, who lives with her authoritarian Uncle Kouzuki. His plan is to then marry her and commit her to an asylum in order to steal her inheritance.

He hires a pickpocket named Sook-hee from a family of con artists to become Hideko’s maid and encourage Hideko to marry him.

Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film is based on the book of the same name by André Aciman.

Call me by your name movie poster


Director – Luca Guadagnino
Stars – Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
Run Time – 132 Minutes

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents house, a cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera.

Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference to the other. But during the warm, languorous summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them.

What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and on a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 won two awards, Best Cinematography and Best Special Visual Effects. The film is based on the book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (original title), by Philip K. Dick.

Blade runner 2049 movie poster


Director – Denis Villeneuve
Stars – Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas
Run Time – 163 Minutes

Officer K, a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos.

His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.

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