What Makes a Movie an AMC Artisan Film

February 21st, 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 of these works 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 FIRST COW, director Kelly Reichardt (CERTAIN WOMEN) spins the wryly comedic yarn of two men, a cow and a con. The dramedy perfectly illustrates the hardships of trappers in the 1800s while fully developing the friendship of two men from very different lives. (Limited release beginning March 6)

Pushes Boundaries and Sparks Conversation

Newcomers Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder shine in a somber tale of one teen's quest for help and understanding after she's faced with an unplanned pregnancy. The two young women embark across state lines to New York City on a fraught journey of friendship, bravery and compassion in NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS. (Limited release beginning March 13)

Excels in Directing

Rose Glass makes her feature directorial debut with SAINT MAUD, a striking and unsettling parable on religion and madness. The filmmaker slowly turns the screw to the horror's disturbing conclusion, which is sure to leave a lasting impression. Morfydd Clark (CRAWL, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP) stars. (Opens wide April 3)

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

With THE WAY BACK, director Gavin O’Connor (THE ACCOUNTANT) re-teams with Oscar® winner Ben Affleck for a gripping character performance conveying the harrowing struggle and redemption of an alcoholic who finds his direction in coaching his alma mater’s high school basketball team. (Opens wide March 6)

Unites Ensemble Casts and/or Introduces New Stars

Up-and-comer Jahi Di'Allo Winston and rapper Meek Mill give standout performances in CHARM CITY KINGS, alongside a cast of fresh faces that draw you in to the world of motorcycle crews in inner-city Baltimore. The tone, story and guts of the film feel like a close cousin of the seminal classic BOYZ N THE HOOD, but speak to the Gen Z experience. (Limited release beginning April 10)

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 wide April 17)

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.

It’s also worth noting that some AMC Artisan Films open in select theatres first, and then expand over the course of a few weeks. For instance, FIRST COW debuts in limited release on March 6. If the film isn’t playing at an AMC near you that weekend, check back on our website in the near future.

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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