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Weiner (film)

Weiner
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by
  • Josh Kriegman
  • Elyse Steinberg
Produced by
  • Christopher Clements
  • Elizabeth Delaune Warren
  • Julie Goldman
  • Carolyn Hepburn
  • Sean McGing
Cinematography Josh Kriegman
Edited by Eli B. Despres
Production
company
  • Edgeline Films
  • Motto Pictures
Distributed by

Sundance Selects

Showtime[disambiguation needed]
Release date
  • January 24, 2016 (2016-01-24) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • May 20, 2016 (2016-05-20) (theatrical)
Running time
96 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,702,489[2]

Weiner is a 2016 American fly on the wall documentary film by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg about Anthony Weiner’s campaign for Mayor of New York City during the 2013 mayoral election.

Synopsis

The film follows Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin, beginning with his time in Congress and his 2011 resignation after photos of his bulging underwear appeared on Twitter. The bulk of the film is about his 2013 campaign in the Democratic Party primary for Mayor of New York City. At first his campaign is going well, with many New Yorkers willing to give him a second chance as reflected in polls putting him at or near the top of a crowded field. Then additional examples of his online sexual activity surface, including explicit text conversations with women that occurred well after his resignation from Congress. The mood of the campaign switches from exuberance to pain. Intimate views are captured of Weiner, his wife and his campaign staff struggling with the new revelations and the media firestorm that ensues. In only a couple of instances is the camera asked to leave the room.[3][4]

People

People documented in the film include:

Release

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016.

Reception

Critical reception

The film received near universal acclaim by critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 97% "fresh" rating based on 146 reviews, with an average rating of 8.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Weiner uses sharp insight and untrammeled access to offer a portrait of a political and personal collapse that's as queasy as it is undeniably compelling." [5]

Best of Lists

Accolades

Award Category Recipients and Nominees Outcome
Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature Weiner Shortlist
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards Best Edited Documentary Feature Eli B. Despres Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Documentary Feature Film Weiner Nominated
British Academy Film Awards Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
Champs-Élysées Film Festival Prix du jury Weiner Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
Chlotrudis Awards Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
Cinema Eye Honors Awards Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking Weiner Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Editing Eli B. Despres Nominated
Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize Weiner Nominated
The Unforgettables Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner Won
Critics' Choice Documentary Awards Best First Documentary (Theatrical Feature) Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg Won
Best Documentary Feature Weiner Nominated
Best Political Documentary Weiner Nominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
Denver Film Critics Society Best Documentary Film Weiner Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Weiner Nominated
Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards Best Documentary Weiner Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association Documentary of the year Weiner Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Best Documentary Film Weiner Nominated
Gotham Awards Audience Award Weiner Nominated
Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
Hamburg Film Festival Political Film Award Weiner Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Documentary Feature Weiner Nominated
Indiana Film Journalists Association Best Documentary Weiner 2nd place
Indiewire Critics Poll Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
Best First Feature Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg Nominated
International Documentary Association Best Feature Weiner Nominated
Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Documentary Weiner 3rd place
Jerusalem Film Festival Best International Film Weiner Nominated
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
Montclair Film Festival David Carr Award for Truth in Non-Fiction Filmmaking Weiner Won
Bruce Sinofsky Prize for Documentary Feature Weiner Nominated
New Hampshire Film Festival Audience Choice - Documentary Weiner Won
North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Documentary Film Weiner Nominated
North Texas Film Critics Assocation Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards Best Documentary Weiner 2nd Place
Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Documentary Film Weiner Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Documentary Weiner Won
Sarasota Film Festival Best Documentary Feature Weiner Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
St. Louis Film Critics Assocation Best Documentary Feature Weiner Nominated
Sundance Film Festival U.S. Grand Jury Prize - Documentary Weiner Won
Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Documentary Feature Film Weiner 2nd place
Village Voice Film Poll Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Documentary Weiner Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Awards Worst Male Images in a Movie Weiner Nominated
Zurich Film Festival Best International Documentary Film Weiner Nominated

Permission controversy

After the film was released, Weiner claimed that "Kriegman had assured him verbally and in emails that he would not use Abedin in the film without her consent", and that Abedin never granted permission for Kriegman to use the footage. When asked if he will sue the filmmakers, Weiner didn't give a definitive answer. The filmmakers disputed that any agreement had been breached, and said they "had consent from everyone who appears in the film."[15]

References

  1. ^ "Weiner (15)". British Board of Film Classification. June 8, 2016. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Weiner Boxoffice data". The-Numbers. September 3, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ Sundance Review: 'Weiner' is the Best Documentary About a Political Campaign Ever Made, Eric Kohn, Indie Wire, January 2016
  4. ^ Weiner review: an unsparing portrait of politics, Lanre Bakare, The Guardian, January 24, 2016
  5. ^ "Weiner Review; Rotten Tomatoes". 
  6. ^ "Here Are The 11 Best Movies Of 2016". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  7. ^ "The 10 Best Documentaries of 2016 That Are Trying to Change the World". Esquire. 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  8. ^ "O.J.: Made in America - Critics' Picks: The 10 Best Documentaries of the Year". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  9. ^ Reporter, Matthew Jacobs Entertainment; Post, The Huffington (2016-12-15). "The 21 Best Movies Of 2016". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  10. ^ Kohn, Eric. "16 Best Movies of 2016 | IndieWire". www.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  11. ^ GQ, The Editors of (2016-12-19). "The Best Movies of 2016". GQ. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  12. ^ "The 21 best movies of 2016". Newsweek. 2016-12-15. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  13. ^ Campbell, Christopher (2017-01-08). "The Best Documentaries of 2016, Ranked". thrillist. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  14. ^ [www.dcoutlook.com]
  15. ^ "Anthony Weiner Says His Wife Never Agreed to That Documentary". The New York Times. August 18, 2016. 

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