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BIFA Award Winners, European Film Award Noms, Kirkman Adjusts “Dear Jesse”

BIFA Award Winners, European Film Award Noms, Kirkman Adjusts "Dear Jesse"

Adjusts “Dear Jesse”

Compiled by Laura Macdonald, Mark Rabinowitz and Aaron Krach

>> 1st Annual BIFAs Announced

On Thursday, October 29th, the British indie film clan got together for
a victorious night in London’s classy Cafe Royal, with Ken Loach
(“Ladybird, Ladybird,” “Carla’s Song”) and his Cannes award winning film
My Name is Joe,” picking up four BIFAs, including Best British
Independent Film, Best British Director and Best Original Screenplay.
Long thought of as one of Britain’s best indie filmmakers, but
relatively unknown to most filmgoers, Ken Loach professed his
ambivalence to awards, but his delight in celebrating British cinema at
its ground roots. Gary Oldman’s gritty film “Nil by Mouth” picked up
three awards, including acting awards for Ray Winstone and Kathy Burke
(also the winner at Cannes), as well as for Laila Morse as Best

Shane Meadows won Best British Debut for his fearless film “Twenty Four
” and the recent British hit, Guy Ritchie’s mad gangster flick
Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels” won for Best Achievement in
Production. Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” received Best Foreign
Independent Film in English, while Gilles Mimouni’s “L’Appartment” was
awarded the BIFA for Best Foreign Independent Film in a Foreign

[Laura Macdonald]

>> European Film Awards Nominations Announced

The European Film Academy announced the nominations for the 1998
European Film Awards (EFA), and Erick Zonca’s “The Dream Life of Angels
(“La Vie Revee Des Anges,” France) was the only film to receive three
nods, including Best European Film. Five of the six remaining best film
nominees received two nominations apiece, with the lone solo nomination
going to Tom Tykwer’s Toronto International Film Festival sensation,
Run Lola Run” (“Lola Rennt,” Germany). Among the other best film
nominees, Pedro Almodovar’s “Live Flesh” (“Carne Tremula,” Spain);
Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Celebration” (“Festen,” Denmark); Ken Loach’s
My Name Is Joe” (U.K.), and Roberto Benigni’s “Life is Beautiful” (“La
Vita e Bella
,” Italy) all received nominations for best European Actor,
while Zonca’s “The Dream Life of Angels” (“La Vie Revee Des Anges,”
France), received two nods for Best European Actress, and Neil Jordan’s
The Butcher Boy” (Ireland) received a nomination for Adrian Biddle’s

The nominations for Best European Actor include Javier Bardem (“Live
Flesh”), Roberto Benigni (“Life is Beautiful”), Peter Mullan (“My Name
Is Joe”) and Ulrich Thomsen for (“The Celebration”), while Best European
Actress nominations went to Elodie Bouchez and Natacha Regnier for “The
Dream Life of Angels”; Dinara Drukarova for “Of Freaks and Men” (“Pro
Ourodov I Lioudiei,” Russia), and Annet Malherbe for “Little Tony
(“Kleine Teun,” Netherlands).

The Best Screenplay nominations went to Jean-Pierre Bacri and Agnes
Jaoui for “Same Old Song” (“On Connait la Chanson,” France); Peter
Howitt for “Sliding Doors” (U.K.); Lars von Trier for “The Idiots
(“Idioterne,” Denmark), and Alex von Warmerdam for “Little Tony.” The
remaining three nominations for European Cinematographer went to Thierry
Arbogast for Emir Kusturica’s “Black Cat, White Cat” (France/Germany),
Dany Elsen for Yvan Le Moine’s “The Red Dwarf” (“Le Nain Rouge,”
Belgium) and Joseph Vilsmaier for his own “Comedian Harmonists

The nominees for the Screen International Award for a non-European film,
were Joel Coen’s “The Big Lebowski,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie
,” Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry,” Steven Spielberg’s
Saving Private Ryan” and Peter Weir’s “The Truman Show,” all from the
U.S., and Rob Sitch’s Australian film, “The Castle.” The final category,
not including the People’s Choice Awards which will be announced at the
December 4th ceremony, is the European Achievement in World Cinema
Award. The nominees were Spain’s Antonio Banderas for “The Mask of
,” Ireland’s Pierce Brosnan for “Tomorrow Never Dies,” France’s
Gerard Depardieu for “The Man in the Iron Mask,” Sweden’s Stellan
Skarsgard for “Amistad” and “Good Will Hunting,” the U.K.’s Emma
Thompson for “Primary Colors” and Britain’s Kate Winslet, for “Titanic.”

[For more information on the EFA, check out their web site at:]

[Mark Rabinowitz]

>> Kirkman Adjusts “Dear Jesse” In Wake Of Shepard Killing

The recent killing of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student in Wyoming,
garnered national media attention towards hate crimes. It also inspired
director Tim Kirkman to make a last minute adjustment to his documentary
about North Carolina and their Senator Jesse Helms, “Dear Jesse”.

“I was obsessed with the murder and it never occurred to me that
(Matthew) lived in North Carolina,” Kirkman told indieWIRE. Then during
a conversation with his producer in North Carolina, he remembered that
he had not only met Matthew, but had interviewed him for the film.
“Matthew was only 5 feet tall. You remember someone who’s that small,”
said Kirkman. He also remembered the interview because it was his first
day of filming. “Bob Dole was stumping for President, and Helms was
there to introduce him,” said Kirkman. The footage has now been located
and includes Matthew and his then boyfriend on the campus of Catawba
College. Kirkman is now editing the footage into a new postscript to run
at the conclusion of the film. After playing numerous festivals and
enjoying a limited theatrical release, (Cowboy Booking), “Dear Jesse” will
screen as part of Cinemax’ Reel Life series on January 9. According to
Kirkman, “it will definitely be ready in time for Cinemax.”

[Aaron Krach]

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