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Does Elle Fanning Have an Oscar Shot for Sally Potter's 'Ginger and Rosa'?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 20, 2012 at 4:25PM

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.
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Elle Fanning in "Ginger and Rosa."
Elle Fanning in "Ginger and Rosa."

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."

"Ginger and Rosa" opens October 19 in the UK, where Fanning talked to The Times; she also spoke to Indiewire.

This article is related to: Ginger and Rosa, Elle Fanning, Academy Awards, Awards, Awards, Oscars


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.