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iW NEWS | “Persepolis,” “Knee Deep” and “Owl” Take Top Nods at 30th Starz Denver Film Festival

iW NEWS | "Persepolis," "Knee Deep" and "Owl" Take Top Nods at 30th Starz Denver Film Festival

Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud‘s Cannes ’07 animated feature “Persepolis” won the Starz Denver Film Festival‘s Kieslowski jury award for best film Saturday night, at an awards ceremony prior to the closing night film “August Rush,” capping the event’s 30th edition. “Knee Deep,” by Michael Chandler took DFF’s Maysles Brothers Award for best documentary film. Set in rural Maine, the feature follows the tragic family story of attempted murder as a spurned son falls out with his mother over the declared sale of the family farm — a conflict which resulted in attempted murder. In DFF’s emerging filmmaker category, Stephane Gauger‘s story of three disaffected people in modern Saigon, “The Owl and the Sparrow” won the prize which recognizes new talent. The 30th DFF closed with the festival’s maverick founder Ron Henderson, who is retiring as the festival’s Artistic Director, received a warm round of applause on stage before actress Keri Russell introduced Kristen Sheridan‘s “August Rush” before a full house at a 2000-plus seat venue in downtown Denver. [Disclosure: indieWIRE managing editor Brian Brooks served in this year’s Maysles Brothers jury this year.]

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