Danish, UK and Mexican productions win awards at Los Angeles Film Festival
Monday 28 June 2010
At the awards ceremony on the last night of the 16th annual LA Film Festival, running June 17-27, before the screening of closing film
Despicable Me, an animated 3D comedy, awards were presented to the following films in competition by Film Independent, the event's organizer.
The winner for Best Narrative Feature was Denmark's A Family ( En Familie) directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen and starring Jesper Christensen and Lene Maria Christensen. The film dramatizes the wrenching choices and conflicts a family navigates when its patriarch faces his final days. The jury praised the outstanding direction and heartbreaking performances.
The award for Best Documentary Feature went to Make Believe, a Japanese/South African/US production, directed by J. Clay Tweel. The film shows six hopefuls from around the world preparing to compete for the title of Teen World Champion in the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas.
Audience prizes went to the following:
British comedy Four Lions, by satirist Chris Morris, won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature about a quartet of bumbling would-be suicide bombers in London.
Music documentary, Thunder Soul, took for Best International Documentary. By Mark Landsman it's about a 1970s high school jazz-funk band in Houston. Members of the band performed after the screening.
Mexico's Presumed Guilty ( Presunto Culpable) by Roberto Hernandez received the Audience Award for Best International Feature, about an imprisoned man for the murder of a man he never met.
Also, the festival presented an award to the band OK Go for "This Too Shall Pass" which won the Audience Award for Best Music Video.
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