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Monday, March 10, 2008

25th Miami International Film Festival Award Winners


Yesterday they had the awards ceremony and here are the winners

Dramatic Features: World Cinema Competition

Knight Grand Jury Prize: TRICKS (SZTUCZKI)
Andrzej Jakimowski’s picaresque film is about a fatherless boy who tries to tempt fate in this charming and bittersweet film from Poland.
Special Mention: IT'S HARD TO BE NICE (TESKO JE BITI FIN)
Srdan Vuletic’s urban fairytale about post-war society from Bosnia follows a Sarajevo taxi driver whose attempts to change his life for the better are met with resistance at all turns.
Special Mention: FOUL GESTURE (TNUAH MEGUNA)
Itshak (Tzahi) Gradi’s film about vendetta and vigilantism centers on a middle-aged man who decides to take justice into his own hands after becoming the victim of a road rage incident.

Dramatic Features: Ibero-American Competition

Knight Grand Jury Prize: COCHOCHI
This Mexican road movie and fairytale by Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán is part of this year’s MIFF Abroad program.
Knight Grand Jury Prize: EAT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY
Michelange Quay’s debut feature explores the spiritual corrosion of Haiti’s colonialist legacy with surreal, often wordless imagery.
Special Mention: THE GIRLS (LAS NIÑAS)
Using film as a scalpel to cut open the feminine mystique, Chilean director Rodrigo Marín’s two-hander pierces the heart of female relationships with uncanny perception.
Special Mention: BLUE EYELIDS (PARPADOS AZULES)
Quiet and nuanced, Ernesto Contrera’s touching dramatic comedy from Mexico explores the role that destiny plays in shaping our lives

MIFF Audience Awards

Dramatic Features: World Cinema Competition: BLISS (MUTLULUK)
Abdullah Oguz’s intense and beautifully rendered drama boasts stellar performances and a compelling musical score and stunning images of the Sea of Marmara.
Dramatic Features: Ibero-American Cinema Competition: LA ZONA
Rodrigo Plá’s taut thriller doubles as a damning critique of Mexico City’s shocking economic disparity. Once threatened, an enclave of privilege sheds all pretense of civility to succumb to the basest of instincts—the deadly mob mentality.

FIPRESCI International Critics Award: FOUL GESTURE (TNUAH MAGUNA)
Itshak (Tzahi) Gradi’s film about vendetta and vigilantism centers on a middle-aged man who decides to take justice into his own hands after becoming the victim of a road rage incident.

To check other award winners go here.

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