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Edinburgh Recognizes “Young Adam,” “American Splendor”

Edinburgh Recognizes "Young Adam," "American Splendor"

Edinburgh Recognizes “Young Adam,” “American Splendor”

by Wendy Mitchell

Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis in Shari Springer Berman and Bob Pulcini’s “American Splendor.” The director duo won the Guardian New Directors Award during the Ediburgh Film Festival. Courtesy of HBO Films

The 57th Edinburgh International Film Festival closed on Sunday, with “Young Adam” taking the Michael Powell Award for best new British feature. David Mackenzie’s erotically charged film stars Ewan McGregor as a grifter and Tilda Swinton as a bored wife in 1950s Glasgow. The film, which debuted in Cannes, will also screen next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini won the Guardian New Directors Award for “American Splendor,” their inventive biopic about comic book writer Harvey Pekar. Special mention in that category went to Dagur Kari’s “Noi Albinoi” and Li Yang’s “Blind Shaft.” Richard Jobson’s debut feature “16 Years of Alcohol,” chronicling wasted youth, was given a special mention by the jury in the British feature category.

The Standard Life audience award went to Alison Peebles’ “Afterlife,” a low-budget drama about a family coping with disabilities. Among the other awards, Duane Hopkins’ “Love Me or Leave Me Alone” won best British short film, Craig Collinson’s “She Toon: City of Bingo” won best short Scottish documentary, Birgitte Staermose’s “Small Avalanches” won the European short film award, and Stephen McCollum’s “Pullin’ the Devil by the Tail” won the McLaren animation award for new British animation.

[indieWIRE is planning to publish a full report on the Edinburgh Film Festival.]

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