“Where is Kyra?” has one of the Best Female Performance of Early 2018.
To celebrate “Where is Kyra?” finally be released on Blu-ray/DVD/VOD today. the acclaimed performance by Michelle Pfeiffer was selected as one of the Best 11 Female Performances of Early 2018 according to TRIBECA:
These screen performances may have debuted during the first half of 2018 but their achievements deserve to be discussed and remembered all year round.
This year is already abundant in acting jewels from female performers of varying ages, backgrounds, and experiences, from stunning newcomers like Mahour Jabbari and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie capably carrying the hefty weight of their films to living legends like Juliette Binoche, Toni Collette, and Michelle Pfeiffer gamely showing us new sides of their boundless talent. Better yet, many of the most memorable female characters we’ve seen thus far derive from the likes of Diablo Cody, Claire Denis, Sadaf Foroughi, Debra Granik, Alia Shawkat, and other self-determined female storytellers whose behind-the-camera contributions are leveling the playing field of a medium still primarily molded by men. Here, then, are 11 of the best female performances from films released within the first six months of 2018:
Michelle Pfeiffer, Where Is Kyra?
Before Andrew Dosunmu’s Where Is Kyra? quietly bowed this spring after an even quieter debut at Sundance in 2017, you would have had to travel back nearly a decade, to Stephen Frears’ 2009 adaptation of Colette’s Chéri, to see the magnificent Michelle Pfeiffer as the undeniable center of a film. For those who worship at the altar of this choosy yet transcendent actress, Dosunmu’s third narrative feature, a searing, stylistically daring character portrait of a middle-aged Brooklyn woman driven to desperate measures to stay financially afloat after her mother’s death, is tantamount to nothing short of event cinema. Pfeiffer has rarely been afforded an acting assignment as challenging and idiosyncratic as the one mapped out by her writer-director, who, working in tandem with the genius cinematographer Bradford Young, keeps Pfeiffer at bay from us in some of her most vulnerable moments, making the shots in which her older but forever extraordinary face finally confronts the camera all the more vital. The result is an understated, slow-burning tour de force that boldly rebukes easy transparency and the crutch of an audience’s pity for the sake of tougher and more fiercely unsentimental character-building, rooted in the raw reality of Kyra’s psychological and socioeconomic decline. Pfeiffer employs her body with the virtuosic control that musicians possess over their instrument-of-choice so that we only see what the actress wants or allows us to see. To watch Kyra clench her countenance with the tightness of a fist at each of life’s setbacks or let it soften at the sight of romance and other flashes of hope is to watch Pfeiffer build her performance with the authorial decision-making of an authentic and unfading star, one whose masterful powers have not dwindled in the slightest.
Also on the list:
Juliette Binoche, Let the Sunshine In
Toni Collette, Hereditary
Danai Gurira, Black Panther
Mahour Jabbari and Bahar Noohian, Ava
Rachel McAdams, Disobedience
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Leave No Trace
Alia Shawkat, Duck Butter
Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis, Tully
On the other hand, film critic Bilge Ebiri also announced his 2018 halfway Best Films of the Year yesterday, and “Where is Kyra?” is one of them. Check out the article on The Village Voice website or click HERE for his “Where is Kyra?” review and HERE for his interview with “Where is Kyra?” director Andrew Dosunmu.