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“Lbs.” Takes Top Prize at Avignon/New York Film Festival

"Lbs." Takes Top Prize at Avignon/New York Film Festival

Lbs.” has won the 2005 Avignon/New York Film Festival‘s best U.S. feature film prize at Sunday night’s closing ceremonies held at the at Hunter College. “Lbs.,” which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, is due for a March ’06 theatrical release by New York-based indie distributor CAVU Pictures. At the ceremony, festival director Jerry Rudes presented the award to “Lbs.” director Matthew Bonifacio and lead actor Carmine Famiglietti. In other festival prizes, Guy Jacques‘ “Ze Film” won best French feature film, while Louis-Martin Soucy‘s “Handicap” took best French short. Best U.S. short went to Jason Holzman‘s “The Method.” The festival’s Pierre Salinger award for documentary filmmaking prize was awarded to Barbara F. Freed for “A Model for Matisse.” [Brian Brooks]

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