Aspen Wraps; Presents Audience Awards To Moore, Rudolph
by Mark Rabinowitz/indieWIRE
The 19th annual Aspen Filmfest wrapped up on Monday, September 29th with the presentation of the fest’s audience awards. The documentary award went to Michael Moore’s “The Big One,” while Alan Rudolph’s “Afterglow,” which opened the fest, took home the feature award. Moore’s film leads the director (and star) across the country, exploring the economic reality behind the so-called economic recovery of the United States, while Rudolph’s (“The Moderns”) film is a romantic comedy/drama starring Nick Nolte and Julie Christie. Both awards were sponsored by The Aspen Times.
In other fest news, the fest was host to the international premiere of Thomas Jahn’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” from Germany, and the U.S. premieres of Harry Sinclair’s “Topless Women Talk About Their Lives” (New Zealand) and director Gilles MacKinnon (“The Playboys“)’s “Regeneration” (UK/Canada). Other films screening included: “Comrades, Almost A Love Story” by Peter Chan, Alain Berliner’s “Ma Vie En Rose” (My Life In Pink), Michael Winterbottom’s “Welcome To Sarajevo” and Alan Rickman’s directorial debut “The Winter Guest” which stars Emma Thompson (“Sense And Sensibility“) and her mother, Phyllida Law (“Much Ado About Nothing“).
[The festival’s website can be found @ <http://www.aspen.com/filmfest>]