One of my favorite films on the fall fest circuit was "Ginger and Rosa," Sally Potter's 1962 London Bohemian family drama focused on two teen girls (Elle Fanning and Alice Englert, daughter of Jane Campion) coming of age under the threat of nuclear disaster. New distributor A24, led by ex-Oscilloscope exec David Fenkel, is qualifying the film for awards consideration for its remarkable performance from Fanning. She rocked in J.J. Abrams' "Super 8," and does extraordinary things here. With a weak field, if enough actors and critics respond well to the film, Fanning has a long-shot chance.
Potter keeps the camera close on her face, and explains why in our Telluride conversation:
"She has a quality, Elle, of transparency in her face. It's like there's nothing in the way. If you can get to work with her on all the inside layers, and I really did do a lot of one-on-one work with her in preparation over quite some period of time… She is somebody who is such a serious young artist. So eager and hungry for these kind of subtle nuances of her trade, acting. It was unbelievably wonderful working with her. And the quality in her face, why the camera could come so close is because there's nothing in the way, there's no impediment. So it's like just looking in to somebody."