Before Night Falls

2000

Bon Bon
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Lieutenant Victor

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Julian Schnabel directs this incredible journey through the life and work of the late Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas (Javier Bardem). Taking a courageous stand against censorship, Reinaldo endures unspeakable persecution from a government that bans his books and jails him for a crime he didn't commit. Without a country but not without integrity, he flees to America where he continues to fight for personal expression and produces a stirring body of work.

Featuring a dual performance by Johnny Depp, Before Night Falls is a tribute to the liberating power of art... and one man's undying passion for life.

Director: Julian Schnabel

Cast: Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Andrea Di Stefano, Michael Wincott, Olatz Lopez Garmendia, Johnny Depp

Awards & Nominations:

2001 ALMA AWARDS:
Outstanding Feature Film (Nominated)
Outstanding Latino Cast in a Feature Film (Nominated)
Outstanding Soundtrack or Compilation for Television and Film (Nominated)

2001 ACADEMY AWARDS (OSCAR):
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Javier Bardem (Nominated)

2000 BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS AWARDS:
Best Actor: Javier Bardem (Second Place)

2001 CHICAGO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS:
Best Actor: Javier Bardem (Nominated)

2001 GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS:
Outstanding Film, Limited Release (Nominated)

2001 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS:
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Javier Bardem (Nominated)

2001 INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS:
Best Feature: Jon Kilik (Nominated)
Best Director: Julian Schnabel (Nominated)
Best Male Lead: Javier Bardem (Won)
Best Cinematography: Xavier Perez Grobet and Guillermo Rosas (Nominated)

2000 NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW:
Best Actor: Javier Bardem (Won)

2001 NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS AWARDS:
Best Actor: Javier Bardem (Won)

2001 POLITICAL FILM SOCIETY:
Expose (Won)
Human Rights (Nominated)

2001 SOUTHEASTERN FILM CRITICS AWARDS:
Best Actor: Javier Bardem (Won) Tied with Michael Douglas for Wonder Boys (2000).

2000 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL:
Grand Jury Special Prize: Julian Schnabel (Won)
OCIC Award - Honorable Mention: Julian Schnabel (Won)
Rota Soundtrack Award: Carter Burwell (Won)
Volpi Cup - Best Actor: Javier Bardem (Won)
Golden Lion: Julian Schnabel (Nominated)

2001 WORLD SOUNDTRACK AWARDS:
WSA Best Original Soundtrack of the Year: Carter Burwell (Nominated)
WSA Soundtrack Composer of the Year: Carter Burwell (Nominated). Also for Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) and Knight's Tale, A (2001).


ABOUT THIS MOVIE

(Compiled by Carmel)

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"I'd known Julian Schnabel for years from New York - a witty guy, even if all his droll stories are about himself. He called and asked if I wanted to play a small part as a transvestite in Before Night Falls. I though, easy enough, I only need to wear a bra and a dress; nice of him to ask me."
--Johnny Depp
A Kind of Illusion by Denis Meikle
2005

"I went deeply into the real Bon-Bon and found that he looked exactly like Sophia Loren."
--Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp Starts Here by Murray Pomerance
2005

Quotes from others:

"Johnny wouldn't let me pay for anything... He just worked for free and said 'Just put it on the screen.'"
--Julian Schnabel, director
Bravo! Interview

"Johnny is incredibly exacting, he brings energy and a sense of playfulness to his roles. He's just inspired - and he is totally free, no hang-ups."
--Julian Schnabel, director
Arts Publications
January - April, 2001

'Johnny couldn't have been cooler about the whole thing - I told him what I wanted to do, and he did it. He really loved the story we were telling and wanted to help get it told. I really admire him for it and I am really grateful that he took the time to work with me on this."
--Julian Schnabel, director
Depp by Christopher Heard
2001

"Johnny was not a movie star on this movie. He was another actor who believed in the beauty of what we were doing, in the meaningfulness of what we were doing."
--Javier Bardem
Depp by Christopher Heard
2001