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WINNER! Garth Davis Wins First-Time Director Award for ‘LION ‘ from Directors Guild of America. 05/02.
WINNER! Greig Fraser, nominated for an Oscar for his work on LION, won Best Cinematographer as awarded by the American Society of Cinematographers. 05/02.
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
“This is the kind of movie that could easily jump up and down on your tear ducts, and near the end, it does do a bit of jumping. But for most of its two hours, Lion tells its story with discreet effectiveness, capturing the distinctive looks of India and Tasmania, evoking the scary loneliness of being a little kid alone in a big city (Pawar has a remarkably compelling screen presence) and showing the emotional minefield that comes when you’re essentially plucked from abject, lonely poverty and airlifted into a life of loving privilege. It wouldn’t be true to say that there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, but most of them were moist.”
– John Powers, VOGUE.com
“As enthralling as it is emotional… profoundly stirring”
The Hollywood Reporter
“The story begs for the big screen… Dev Patel soars!”
“A dignified, authentic yet highly-moving crowd-pleaser… Knockout performances”
“Like Slumdog Millionaire, which won eight Oscars, Patel’s new film Lion is being talked up as a major awards contender.”