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Film Critics: Today, December 13, winners from Dallas ForthWorthFCA, ChicagoFCA and Film Comment Magazine. Nominations from HoustonFCS, PhoenixCC. PhoenixFCS.

Monday, January 19, 2009

20th Palm Springs International Film Festival Award Winners

Today the fest announced the award winners and here they are.

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: Departures, Yojiro Takita , Japan
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature: The Modernism of Julius Shulma, Eric Bricker, USA

FIPRESCI Prize for Foreign Language films submitted for an Academy Award: Revanche, Götz Spielmann, Austria
FIPRESCI Award for Best Actress: Martina Gusman in Leonera (Lion’s Den), Pablo Trapero, Argentina
FIPRESCI Award for Best Actor: Natar Ungalaaq in The Necessities of Life, Benoît Pilon, Canada

New Voices/New Visions Award: Hooked, Adrian Sitaru, Romania and France
"For its extraordinary power and utility in portraying fascinating characters engaged in a highly compelling dynamic, relying on pure raw talent behind the superb writing, acting and direction, and all achieved on a Dogme budget" (A must be seen for me)

Special Jury Mention: Rain, Maria Govan, Bahamas

John Schesinger Award for Outstanding First Feature: Captain Abu Raed, Amin Matalqa, Jordan and USA
Bridging the Borders Award: Waltz With Bashir, Ari Folman, Israel

To check the official press release go here.

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