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‘Ida,’ ‘Happy Valley’ and ‘Thou Wast Mild and Lovely’ Top Sarasota Film Festival Winners

'Ida,' 'Happy Valley' and 'Thou Wast Mild and Lovely' Top Sarasota Film Festival Winners

The 2014 Sarasota Film Festival wrapped over the weekend in Florida with Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white drama “Ida” taking home top honors in the Narrative section, and Amir Bar-Lev’s “Happy Valley” winning the respective honor in the Documentary competition. Josephine Decker’s “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely” meanwhile won the Independent Visions Award, which includes a distribution offer from Factory 25, and Tangerine Entertainment’s Juice Award.

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In addition to the main awards, three special jury prizes were awarded: in the Narrative category, Lukas Moodysson’s “We Are the Best!” was rewarded with a Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting; in the Documentary section, Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo’s “Rich Hill” won a Special Jury Prize for Direction; and in the Visions competition, the jury gave a special Outstanding Performance Award to Tallie Medel from “Joy Kevin,” directed by Caleb Johnson, and Best Ensemble Award to “BFE,”
directed by Shawn Telford.

This year’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature was Michael Tully’s coming-of-age comedy “Ping Pong Summer.” The Audience Award for Best Documentary was presented to “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon,” directed by Mike Myers.

“We are very pleased with the success of the SFF this year,” said President of the Sarasota Film Festival Mark Famiglio. “From the continued support from our sponsors to our dedicated team that tirelessly works to bring the best experience to our community, we are proud to celebrate all of our attending artists and we look forward to growing in 2015.”

“Every year we strive to bring extraordinary films and filmmakers to the festival,” added Festival Director Tom Hall. “Over the 16 years since our inception, we have worked hard to create a platform at the festival that inspires audiences and filmmakers while supporting this generation of vital, exciting film artists.”

Below is the full list of winners:

Narrative Feature Competition Winner

IDA

Director – Pawel Pawlikowski

Narrative Feature Competition 
Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting
WE ARE THE BEST!
Director – Lukas Moodysson

Documentary Feature Competition
HAPPY VALLEY
Director – Amir Bar-Lev

Documentary Feature Competition
Special Jury Prize For Direction
RICH HILL
Director – Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo

Independent Vision Prize
THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY
Director – Josephine Decker

Outstanding Performance Award
JOY KEVIN

Actor – Tallie Medel
Director – Caleb Johnson

Best Ensemble Award
BFE
Director – Shawn Telford

Tangerine Entertainment’s Juice Award:
THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY
Director – Josephine Decker

Audience Awards

Best Narrative Feature
PING PONG SUMMER
Director – Michael Tully

Best Documentary Feature
SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON
Director – Mike Myers

Audience Award
Best Short Film
CHUB
Director – Samuel Albis

Audience Award
Best In World Cinema
BICYCLING WITH MOLÉIRE

Director – Philippe le Guay

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Comments

Doug

Ida is a stunningly beautiful movie. The movie's beauty is in it's human, organic, down to earth, minimal feel. It is a masterpiece. The actress who plays Ida has such a beautiful face, that I can't think of any other actress that could play this role as memorably and artistically as Agata Trzebuchowska.

Abby

Disappointed to see that Road To Paloma isn't on this list.

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