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"Live Free or Die" and "Gitmo" Take Top Seattle Fest Prizes

By Indiewire | Indiewire June 19, 2006 at 3:34AM

The Seattle International Film Festival presented its awards Sunday afternoon at the city's Space Needle, giving its best new American film prize to "Live Free or Die" by Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin. Best doc went to "Gitmo: The New Rules of War" by Erik Gandini and Tarik Sale, with a special jury mention going to local director Linas Philllips' Walking to Werner." Audience prizes went to French director Michel Hazanavicius' "OSS 117" and best doc went to "The Trials of Darryl Hunt" by Rickie Stern and Annie Sundberg. Goran Dukic won best director for "Wristcutters: A Love Story" in the audience section. Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep" will close out the the 32nd edition of SIFF, which screened 418 features and shorts over 25 days. indieWIRE will have an extended SIFF article running later this week. [Brian Brooks]
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The Seattle International Film Festival presented its awards Sunday afternoon at the city's Space Needle, giving its best new American film prize to "Live Free or Die" by Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin. Best doc went to "Gitmo: The New Rules of War" by Erik Gandini and Tarik Sale, with a special jury mention going to local director Linas Philllips' Walking to Werner." Audience prizes went to French director Michel Hazanavicius' "OSS 117" and best doc went to "The Trials of Darryl Hunt" by Rickie Stern and Annie Sundberg. Goran Dukic won best director for "Wristcutters: A Love Story" in the audience section. Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep" will close out the the 32nd edition of SIFF, which screened 418 features and shorts over 25 days. indieWIRE will have an extended SIFF article running later this week. [Brian Brooks]