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DAILY NEWS: "Yi Yi" Wins Big Prize; Sundance Theater

DAILY NEWS: "Yi Yi" Wins Big Prize; Sundance Theater



by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE


>> "Yi Yi" Takes Top National Film Critics Award


(indieWIRE/01.08.01) -- A foreign language film topped Hollywood entries and
acclaimed IndieWood movies to take the award for Best Picture from the
National Society of Film Critics. Edward Yang's "Yi Yi" (A One and A Two), a film from Taiwan, was named the best film of the year by the group of 50
critics, topping Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" and Terence Davies' "The House of Mirth."


The award for Best Director was awarded to Soderbergh, who topped Yang and
Ang Lee ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") in the balloting. Soderbergh was singled out for his work on "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich."


In the screenplay category, Kenneth Lonergan won the top prize for "You Can
Count on Me
," beating out Steve Kloves for "Wonder Boys" and Stephen Gaghan for "Traffic." Meanwhile, Agnes Godard won the Best Cinematography award for "Beau Travail," topping Steven Soderbergh for "Traffic" and Peter Pau for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."


The Best Documentary award went to Aviva Kempner's "The Life and Times of
Hank Greenberg
," beating out Marc Singer's "Dark Days" and Spike Lee's "The Original Kings of Comedy."


In the acting categories, Javier Bardem was named Best Actor for "Before
Night Falls
," beating Mark Ruffalo for "You Can Count on Me" and Tom Hanks for "Cast Away." In the Best Actress category, the winner was Laura Linney for "You Can Count on Me," beating Gillian Anderson for "The House of Mirth" and Ellen Burstyn for "Requiem for a Dream." Elaine May won for "Small Time Crooks," beating Frances McDormand for "Almost Famous" and "Wonder Boys" and Marcia Gay Harden for "Pollock." Benecio Del Toro won the Best Supporting Actor award for "Traffic," topping Fred Willard for "Best in Show" and Willem Dafoe for "Shadow of the Vampire." [Eugene Hernandez]


>> Sundance Offering Two Theater Projects at Festival


(indieWIRE/01.08.01) -- The Sundance Film Festival will present two solo
theater pieces live at this month's event. Set to be staged on January 25th
and 26th are Doug Wright's "I Am My Own Wife" and "Aviva Jane Carlin's "Jodie's Body." Both projects were created at the Sundance Theater Playwrights Retreat and developed at the Sundance Theater Lab.


"The Sundance Theatre Program is proud to be presenting these two original and
dynamic theatre events as part of the 2001 Sundance Film Festival," commented
Philip Himberg, Sundance Theatre Program Artistic Director, in a prepared
statement. "They represent the best visions of independent artists working
in the American theatre and offer the film festival audience an opportunity
to combine movie viewing with the excitement of live performance."
[Eugene Hernandez]

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