Montreal Winners; IFFM Opener; Telluride Wraps
Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz
>> Montreal World Fest Wraps, Briand's "2 Seconds" Cleans Up
The 22nd Montreal World Film Festival announced its jury awards on
Monday, and the Grand Prix of the Americas went to "The Quarry,"
directed by Marion Hänsel (Belgium/France) and "Full Moon" ("Vollmond")
by Fredi M. Murer (Switzerland/Germany). In addition, the jury awarded a
Special Grand Prix to "Sunbird," by Wang Xueqi and Yang Liping from
China. The big winner, however, was Manon Briand for the film, "2
Seconds." Briand took home four awards, including the Best Director
prize, Prix de Montreal for best First Fiction Feature film of the
festival, the Fedex award for Best Canadian feature film and the
CDN$25,000 Telefilm Canada award for the best Canadian film chosen by
the public. Best Actress went to Ingred Rubio in Eduardo Mignogna's "El
Faro" ("The Lighthouse") from Argentina and Spain, Best Actor went to
Hugo Weaving for his role in Craig Monahan's Australian film, "The
Interview." Best Screenplay went to Rafa Russo for writing "The Man With
Rain in his Shoes" (dir. Maria Ripoll--Spain/U.K.) and the Best Artistic
Contribution went to Takashi Kako for the music in "The Quarry."
The International Press Award (FIPRESCI) was given to "Aiwo Kouhito"
("Begging For Love") by Hideyuki Hirayama (Japan), with a special
mention given to "The Interview," by Craig Monahan (Australia). In
addition, the FIPRESCI jury "appreciated" "Banoo-Ye Ordibehesht" ("The
May Lady") by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad "for its courageous and
well-documented portrayal of women in contemporary Iran. The Ecumenical
Jury awarded its prize to Mignogna for "El Faro."
>> IFFM To Open With Carnahan's Blood
The 20th Independent Feature Film Market is set to open on September
18th with a screening of Joe Carnahan's upcoming Lions Gate release,
"Blood Guts Bullets & Octane." Carnahan wrote, directed, edited and
starred in the feature, his first, and will be on hand to introduce the
film. The film screened at the 1997 IFFM, and was the first film to
receive finishing funds from Next Wave Films.
>> Telluride Wraps Its 25th Edition
The Telluride Film Festival wrapped its Silver Anniversary edition on
Monday, showcasing an impressive list of films, including Todd Solondz's
"Happiness," "John Boorman's "The General," Erick Zonca's "The Dreamlife
of Angels," Walter Salles' "Central Station" and Samira Makhmalbaf's
"The Apple." Makhmalbaf is the 18 year-old daughter of noted Iranian director
Mohsen Makhmalbaf, whose film, "The Silence", along with his daughter's
film is screening at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. In
addition to the features lineup, Telluride also programmed tributes to
actress Meryl Streep ("Sophie's Choice," "Silkwood," "Dancing at
Lughnasa"), cinematographer Vittorio Storaro ("Apocalypse Now," "Reds,"
"The Last Emperor") and filmmaker Susumu Hani ("She and He," "Song Of
Bwana Toshi," "Bride Of The Andes"). Streep's tribute contained clips
and an onstage interview ("Lughnasa" screened at the fest), Storaro's
tribute included a collection of clips and a screening of his latest
film, Carlos Saura's "Tango" (grand prize winner for technical
achievement at the 1998 Cannes film festival), while Hani's tribute
included a screening of "She and He."
[The full lineup for the 1998 Telluride Film Festival is also available at indieWIRE.com]