What Makes a Movie an AMC Artisan Film

November 12th, 2020What Makes a Movie an AMC Artisan Film

At AMC, we celebrate movies that are driven by innovators and encourage discussion, with fresh, diverse perspectives. AMC Artisan Films is a curated gallery that encompasses a broad range of themes, styles and genres. Though the films may be vastly different from each other, they all have one thing in common: They advance the art of making movies.

There are several factors we consider before we give a movie the AMC Artisan Films seal. Here are a handful of examples and a few films that showcase them.

Brings a Unique Vision and Perspective

In LET HIM GO Award winning actors Kevin Costner and Diane Lane give muted performances that absolutely shine and speak volumes as grieving grandparents hoping to save their grandson in a Hatfield & McCoys-like setting. The cinematography plays a powerful role in this thrilling drama. Opens 11/6

Pushes Boundaries and Sparks Conversation

In Nomadland Academy Awards winner Frances McDormand gives a powerhouse performance, but the supporting cast of ‘regular people’ is truly what grounds this film. Vibrant, funny, and sad – sometimes all at once; Nomadland pushes boundaries by pulling you in to the nomadic culture and dropping you into the passenger seat of a world most of us don’t understand. Coming Soon

Features a Compelling Score, Storyline, and/or Development of Character

News of the World – Like so many of the great modern Westerns (True Grit, There Will Be Blood), it comes down to the grounded, weary everyman who is tasked with taking on his adversary with little chance of winning. Academy Awards winner Tom Hanks saddles up with a gripping performance in this emotional drama. Opens 12/25

Methodical and quirky at times, The Truffle Hunters appeals to those in search of something different. The joy in this film is not only the discovery of the elusive truffles, but the real-life characters who’ve dedicated their lives to both the hunt and preserving the secrecy of these delicacies. Opens 12/25

Stretches Actors Outside Their Comfort Zones

Academy Award® nominee and dramatic actress Carey Mulligan struts, stalks and mesmerizes in PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN, a delicious tale of revenge from first-time feature director Emerald Fennell. EIGHTH GRADE director Bo Burnham steps to the opposite side of the lens in a supporting role. Opens 12/25

Unites Ensemble Casts and/or Introduces New Stars

The Father – Oscar winners Olivia Colman and Sir Anthony Hopkins simply deliver in this story of dementia slowly overtaking a man from inside his mind. Hopkins gives an astoundingly heartbreaking performance. Running the emotional gauntlet from denial, to outrage, to resignation with such conviction that it leaves you breathless by the end. Opens 12/18

As you can see, we focus on a film’s content, incredible cast and visionary film crew rather than studio, which may be why many AMC Artisan Films go on to become award contenders, though that is not why we choose artisan titles.

To see our current lineup of curated and contemporary AMC Artisan Films, as well as a list of theatres that always show artisan titles, visit our AMC Artisan Films page. Here, you can find your nearest AMC theatre and get tickets.

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