USA / Germany, 2007, 135 min
Direction: Todd Haynes
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Ben Whishaw, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Kris Kristofferson
Awards: Bronze Frog, Camerimage, 2007, COFCA Award, COFCA, 2008, CFCA Award, CFCA, 2007, Golden Globe, Golden Globes, USA, 2008, Independent Spirit Award, Robert Altman Award, Independent Spirit Awards, 2008, Sierra Award, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards, 2007, NSFC Award, NSFC Awards, USA, 2008, Special Award, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards, 2007, TFCA Award, TFCA Awards, 2007, ’CinemAwenire’ Award, Special Jury Prize, Volpi Cup, Venice Film Festival, 2007; nominations: 11 in total
Selection: Planet Rock
I’m Not There is a completely originally conceived biographical documentary about the life of a true music icon, Bob Dylan. The movie won important awards in most prestigious film festivals, and in addition to many nominations, there is the most important one – nomination for the Oscar in the category “best supporting actress” for Cate Blanchett.
Very unconventional approach in the realization of the biography of the great music star comes from the way of Dylan’s description, his mental and life phases. Namely, six different, top names from the acting world represent different developing stadiums of Dylan’s personality, his career and life in general, showing us complexity of the artist through all kinds of his manifestations. Some of them were for the public, some for the closest circles, and some of them were the product of his creative imagination. Hence, the way of telling the story in this movie is rather untraditional. The technique used in depicting the complexity of life and spirit of Bob Dylan is similar to poetic and narrative style of his creations.
The movie was titled after a Dylan’s song that was not officially published until the soundtrack appeared. From its first projection, I’m Not There gained great popularity and ratings, so it was on the best movies top lists of relevant magazines, such as The Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, Salon and The Boston Globe.