commemorating the visit of Viola Davis to Brazil for the release of the film The King Woman I chose my five favorite films by the American actress and producer, who was born in 1965 to honor her. Viola began her career acting in plays and supporting roles in cinema and has already earned a Oscara Emmya Golden Globea BAFTA it’s two Tony Awards (most important theater award) and was considered by Time magazine one of the 100 most influential people on the planet in 2012 and 2017.
Considered one of the greatest and most versatile actresses of our time, her first prominent roles were in the films Kate & Leopold (2001) and Far from Heaven (2002) and the television series Law & Order. A prominent role in her career was lawyer Annalize Keating in the television series How to Get Away with Murder for which she marked history and became the first black actress to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 2017, she became the first black actress to be awarded the Triple Acting Crown, a term used to describe actors who have been awarded the three most prestigious awards related to acting, Oscar, Emmy and Tony.
Check out my five favorite movies by the actress:
Crossed Stories: In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter (Emma Stone) is a high society girl who is determined to become a writer. She begins interviewing the city’s black women who have left their lives to work raising the children of the white elite, of which Skeeter herself is a part. Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s maid, is the first to grant an interview. Despite the criticism, Skeeter and Aibileen continue to work together and, little by little, get new members. Year 2012.
The Supreme Voice of the Blues: The film follows Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) in Chicago, 1927, on an album recording session steeped in tension between her ambitious horn player Levee (Chadwick Boseman) and the white management who are determined to rein in the unruly “Mother of the Blues” . However, a conversation on the spot reveals truths that will shake everyone’s lives. Year 2020.
Suicide squad: After the appearance of Superman, agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is convinced that the US government needs to have its own team of metahumans, to combat potential threats. To do so, she creates the Suicide Squad project, where dangerous incarcerated villains are forced to carry out missions at the behest of the government. If successful, they have their sentences shortened by 10 years. Otherwise, they just die. The group is authorized by the government after the sudden attack by Magia (Cara Delevingne), one of those “summoned” by Amanda, who turns against her. In this way, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Crocodile (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and Amarra (Adam Beach) are summoned to the mission. At the same time, the Joker (Jared Leto) takes the opportunity to try to rescue his love of life: Harley Quinn. Year 2016.
the widows: A botched robbery causes Harry Rawlins (Liam Neeson) and his gang to be killed by the police and the money they stole is destroyed by flames. This causes Harry’s widow, Veronica (Viola Davis), to be charged for the stolen amount to be returned. Under pressure, she finds a notebook of Harry’s that predicts in detail what his next blow would be. Veronica then decides to carry out the robbery, having the help of the other widows of the dead in the frustrated robbery. Year 2018.
A Boundary Between Us: In the 1950s, Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) is 53 years old and lives with his wife Rose (Viola Davis) and youngest son Cory (Jovan Adepo). He works collecting garbage from the streets and battles in the company so that he can migrate to the position of driver of the garbage truck. Troy feels a deep resentment for not being able to become a professional baseball player, due to his skin color, and because of this he doesn’t want his son to continue as a sportsman. This causes the young man to clash with his father, as a recruiter is about to be sent to observe him at football games. Year 2017.
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The FAM has started!
26th International Film Festival Florianópolis Audiovisual Mercosul.
The FAM starts on the 22/09 and goes until the 28/09/2022 with the in-person edition at CineShow at Beiramar Shopping and at Hotel Majestic in Florianópolis.
The complete program can be found on the website: http://www.famdetodos.com.br/programacao
Tickets cost R$10.00 and must be collected up to one hour before the session time. Admission is free for low-income people.