Let the Right One In: One of 2008's Best Foreign Films

Tomas Alfredson’s LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is proving to be the runaway critical hit of the year, winning significantly more “Best Foreign Film” awards from critics groups around the country than any other release this year. The haunting Swedish vampire film (the first entry in Magnet’s SIX SHOOTER FILM SERIES which also includes TIMECRIMES, DONKEY PUNCH and BIG MAN JAPAN) has been a box office success story as well, recently crossing the $1.2 million mark and continuing to hold strongly entering the Christmas holiday.

 To date, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN has won the “Best Foreign Language Film” award from the Boston Society of Film Critics, San Diego Film Critics, Austin Film Critics, the Toronto Film Critics Association, the Southeastern Film Critics Association, the Phoenix Film Critics Association, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association, the Florida Film Critics Circle, Utah Film Critics, and the Chicago Film Critics Circle. It’s also been nominated by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the International Press Academy Satellite Awards, and was a runner up with the Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association

The film has been a critical favorite from the start, reaping numerous high profile awards in the festival circuit, including Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca, the Golden Melies at Sitges, the Critical Consensus Award at Edinburgh, the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at Woodstock, and Best Film at Austin’s Fantastic Fest to name a few.

Directors Edgar Wright and Guillermo Del Toro praised it as well—Wright called it his favorite film of the year, and Del Toro called it “as delicate, haunting and poetic a film as you're ever bound to see.  A chilling fairy tale.”

“It’s extremely gratifying when the critical community validates a film that you really believe in,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “The caliber of foreign language films that LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is competing against for these awards is very high, so it’s a real honor.”

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is not the only film that’s been reaping year end awards for Magnolia/Magnet. So far, James Marsh’s MAN ON WIRE has been honored more than any other documentary in 2008. In addition to being short-listed for the Best Documentary Oscar, winning the Best Documentary Awards from the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the International Documentary Association, MAN ON WIRE was named “Best Documentary” by each and every critics group that named LET THE RIGHT ONE IN “Best Foreign Language Film” (with the exception of San Francisco).

 

 

 

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