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“The Lives of Others” and “American Blackout” Take Top High Falls Film Festival Honors

"The Lives of Others" and "American Blackout" Take Top High Falls Film Festival Honors

Floian Henckel Von Donnersmarck‘s “The Lives of Others” won the High Falls Film Festival‘s audience award for best narrative over the weekend, concluding the event, which emphasizes women in film. “Lives” is Germany’s official entry for best foreign-language Oscar consideration. Ian Inaba‘s “American Blackout” won best documentary, while “Sintonia,” written and directed by Jose Mari Goenaga took best short. And, “Sticks & Stones” by Rehema Imani Trimiew won High Falls’ “Audience Award from the Women of SoFA” prize. As previously announced “Copying Beethoven” (which opened the fest) director Agnieszka Holland as well as actors Shirley Knight (“Open Window“) and Famke Janssen (“The Treatment“), producer Lauren Shuler Donner were honored with the festival’s “Susan B. Anthony ‘Failure is Impossible'” Award. [Brian Brooks]

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