Against my better judgement I sat down doing my word puzzles while watching the BAFTA awards ceremony. I just could not believe it when I heard that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was nominated for best British film and that Quartet was not mentioned in any category.
What exactly is at work in these awards ? I do not know who votes for them. Why does a superficial fantasy of happy old age in a foreign country wins it over an intelligent feel-good, sensitive film wonderfully acted and directed? Will Quartet sink without the publicity of awards and razzmatazz?
I feel it is so important to try and give people the opportunity of seeing films about old age that are stimulating, enjoyable and artistically valuable. The official mob of funders, distributors, male critics cannot be relied on.