"What Remains of Us" Wins Top Awards at 24th Atlantic Film Fest in Nova Scotia
by Eugene Hernandez
The Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia wrapped its 24th edition over the weekend with award presentations. François Prévost and Hugo Latulippe's "What Remains of Us" won The Movie Network People's Choice award at the event, as well as the award for best Canadian feature. The film was shown at sold-out screenings, under tight security, and received standing ovations according to festival organizers. It garnered a nearly perfect audience score of 9.99 out of 10 and festival director Lia Rinaldo said that it was the highest score ever achieved by a film at the festival.
"What Remains of Us" includes a smuggled message from the exiled leader, the Dalai Lama, to the people of Tibet. In a statement, festival organizers described it as "an intimate portrait of hope and resistance amongst a people who have been struggling against Chinese dominance since the 1950s. Gathering in remote monasteries, private homes and the backs of shops in the capital of Lhasa, Tibetans respond to the message with a mixture of wonder and tears."
A special jury prize for outstanding documentary was awarded to Jason Gileno for "The Chiefs," while the award for best Canadian short went to Chris Landreth's "Ryan" and Pjotr Sapegin's "Through My Thick Glasses."
In the Atlantic Canadian awards, Gerry Rogers' "Pleasant Street" won the Rex Tasker award for Best Documentary and the prize for best direction, including a total of $4,000 in cash prizes. The outstanding writer's award went to Adriana Maggs for "I Dare Not Go," while Jim Fowler won the male actor award for "Chamberpiece" and Ellen Page won the female actor award for "Wilby Wonderful." The award for best short went to JoDee Samuelson for "Mabel's Saga."
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