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Vanessa Kirby joins Oscar race in Pieces of a Woman trailer

December 1st, 2020 | by vBollywood Author
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Ellen Burstyn and Shia LaBeouf co-star in Netflix’s awards hopeful. The Oscar prospects for Pieces of a Woman are now falling into place.

Two months after the film stormed the fall festival circuit, Netflix unveiled Tuesday the first trailer for the upcoming drama, which has been widely touted as a potential awards vehicle for lead actress Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and stellar supporting performer Ellen Burstyn.

The film opens with one of the most controversial scenes of the year involving a harrowing 30-minute birth sequence created in one take, Pieces of a Woman follows a young Boston couple, Martha and Sean (Kirby, Shia LaBeouf), whose lives are shattered after the botched the delivery of their child ends in unimaginable tragedy.

What follows is a combination of personal melodrama atop an intense legal battle against a midwife (Molly Parker), as Martha attempts to hold on to the remnants of her relationship with both her lover and her domineering mother (Burstyn) as she learns to live alongside her painful loss.

Adding to standout reviews – the awards-positioning Toronto International Film Festival in September, Pieces of a Woman gained a lot of Oscar heat at the Venice International Film Festival in August, where Vanessa Kirby won the prestigious Volpi Cup for Best Actress which, in the recent past, has gone to Oscar winners or nominees like Emma Stone (La La Land), Olivia Colman (The Favourite), and Helen Mirren (The Queen).

“It was really important for me to try to portray a real woman, not a movie version of this where the actress is made-up the very next day. I just wanted there to be no vanities through all of it in any way,” Kirby previously told EW of diving into the role. “I wanted to feel the authenticity of that experience, because to not do that would be betraying the experience that these women have had.”

Pieces of a Woman is directed by Kornél Mundruczó and co-starring Iliza Schlesinger, Succession’s Sarah Snook, Jimmie Fails, and Benny Safdie — releases Dec. 30 in select theaters before its Netflix streaming debut on January 7. Watch the movie’s first trailer above.

Photo courtesy: www.ew.com

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