Viennale Awards FIPRESCI Prize, Special Prize; Jones And
Hutton Win At CICCF
Compiled by Anthony Kaufman and Mark Rabinowitz
>> Viennale Awards FIPRESCI Prize, Special Prize
Viennale '98, Vienna's International Film Festival, closed last night
with a screening of Walter Salles' Central Station. Although officially
a non-competitive festival, critics' prizes were announced as well as a
special award for Austrian filmmakers. The FIPRESCI international
critics' prize went to Erick Zonca's "The Dream Life of Angels," "for
the authentic and realistic way, in which Zonca depicts the doubts of
the young generation on their quest for their own formula of happiness.
And for the outstanding performances of the two leading actresses."
"Angels"' Natasha Regnier and Elodie Bouchez shared the Best Actress
Award at the Cannes Film Festival where the film was picked up for a US
release by Sony Pictures Classics. A special FIPRESCI mention went to
another French film, Jacques Nolot's "Hinterland" "for its sensitive
portrait of a French province, which is linked to the story of a man,
who had left his hometown and returns in a tragic moment."
A special Vienna Film Award went to Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger
for his documentary "Megacities," which also has the distinction of
being selected for the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. Noted by the
4-member Austrian jury for its "slick cinematic depiction of one of the
major subjects of the outgoing century: life and survival in the big
city," the filmmaker will receive awards and services totaling 190,000
Austrian Schillings (roughly $16,100). Special mentions were given to
Austrian filmmakers, Valentin Hitz for "Rat Race" and the directing trio
behind "Slidin'", Barbara Albert, Reinhard Jud, and Michael Grimm.
indieWIRE will publish a full report on the Viennale next Monday.
>> Jones And Hutton Win At CICCF
Terry Jones and Timothy Hutton snapped up top honors at the Chicago
International Children's Film Festival, which wrapped on October 25th,
with Jones picking up the Best of Fest Prize for "The Wind in the
Willows" and Hutton nabbing $2,500 and the First Prize from the
Children's Jury for "Digging to China." Christopher Bould's "My Friend
Joe" was awarded the Second Prize from the Children's Jury, while
Aardman Animation's Peter Peake picked up the First Prize from the
Children's Jury for animation and "Walk This Way" by Jane C. Wagner and
Tina DiFeliciantonio picked up the First Prize from both the Children's
and Adult Jury for live action shorts. The First Prize for feature films
and videos from the Adult Jury went to "The Island on Bird Street," by
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