Brooklyn International Film Festival Wraps 7th Fest with Prizes

by Sandra Ogle

A scene from Debra Granik's "Down to the Bone," winner of the best narrative feature prize at the Brooklyn International Film Festival.

The 7th Annual Brooklyn International Film Festival announced its 2004 winners at the festival's closing ceremonies on Sunday night. The festival, held at the Brooklyn Museum, featured 113 films from 30 countries (June 4-13).

The Grand Chameleon award went to Kimi Takesue's film "Summer of the Serpent," about a young girl's summer day adventure. The best documentary award went to Lode Desmet's "Mother's Crossing." The film follows an Iranian woman and her two daughters on the lam from the mother's abusive husband. "Down to the Bone," Debra Granik's film about an upstate New York woman struggling not to hit rock bottom, took home the best feature narrative award. The film, based on Granik's award-winning short "Snake Feed," won the dramatic directing award and best actor award at Sundance earlier this year.

Audience awards were also awarded in five categories. Lance Lane's "The Kings of Brooklyn" won the feature narrative audience award. The film follows three Brooklyn boys on their way to Wall Street corruption. Travis Klose's film "Arakimentari," about the controversial Japanese artist, won the documentary audience award.

Other audience award winners include Kimi Takesue's "Summer of the Serpent," which won for best short subject; Taina Kontio's "Fly Me To The Moon," for best experimental film; and Ted Hinojosa's "Fork Over the Chopstick," for best animation.