Who doesn’t love a good blockbuster? Big budgets, thrilling action, and entertaining set pieces will continue to drive audiences to the movies, and for good reason. However, cinema art can also provide us with great moments that capture our curiosity and spark our imagination. In fact, some of the most critically acclaimed movies of all-time, and many Academy Award® winners, could be labeled as “cinema art.”
So, what is “cinema art?” Frequently produced and distributed outside the major studio system on a relatively small budget, cinema art movies typically handle serious matters in an artistic and often experimental way, geared towards more of a niche market rather than for a mass audience. In an artform where social realism takes precedence, on-location filming is favored over studio sets and sometimes amateur actors are even used.
Stretching back to the origin of movies, the genre has provided some of the most recognizable and talented filmmakers in cinema who have put their uncompromising visions onto the screen with a unique flare and style that is all their own. Foreign language movies are also included in this genre, recognizable by many of the same features with the addition of subtitles, although rarely referred to as “cinema art” in their respective countries. Instead, they are more commonly known as “auteur” or “national” cinema, the former originally coined in France to distinguish filmmakers of the French New Wave (a movement and form of European cinema art from the 1950s and 1960s).
Below is a cinema art movie to keep an eye on this week as it debuts in select Regal theatres nationwide:
MICKEY AND THE BEAR
Runtime: 1hr 28min
Starring: Camila Morrone, James Badge Dale, Calvin Demba, Ben Rosenfield, Rebecca Henderson
Directed By: Annabelle Attanasio
Written By: Annabelle Attanasio
Set in Anaconda, Montana, this coming-of-age story centers on a strong-willed teenage girl, Mickey, who is tasked with the responsibility of keeping her household afloat while taking care of her addict father, a veteran with whom Mickey has a loving but volatile relationship. When faced with the opportunity to leave for good, Mickey must choose between familial obligation and personal fulfillment.
Writer/director Annabelle Attanasio makes her feature-length debut with Mickey and the Bear. Camila Morrone stars as Mickey Peck following supporting roles in James Franco’s Bukowski (2013), Augustine Frizzell’s Never Goin’ Back (2018), and alongside Bruce Willis in Death Wish (2018), the reboot directed by Eli Roth. Mickey’s father, Hank Peck, is played by veteran actor James Badge Dale, whose filmography is peppered with blockbusters and critically-acclaimed titles like the Academy Award®-winner The Departed (2006), Iron Man 3 (2013), World War Z (2013), and 13 Hours (2016).