2016 Oscar Circuit Guide: Award Hopefuls Debuting at Venice, TIFF, and NYFF

secretscriptureThe Secret Scripture
dir. Jim Sheridan – TIFF – No U.S. Distribution

Does anyone remember when Jim Sheridan was a national treasure to the Oscar circuit?  “My Left Foot,” “The Field” and “In the Name of the Father” were some of the finest things to grace our screens in the ’80s and ’90s.  Since his last touching film “In America” (which has aged remarkably), he’s seemed to have lost his way some.  Now with a dynamite cast that includes Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave, Rooney Mara and Eric Bana, perhaps his “return to form” is just a few weeks away?  Still, without distribution, no matter what the outcome, we shouldn’t expect to see “The Secret Scripture” this season.