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iW NEWS | Barbieri’s “Em” Wins at Seattle Fest; “Derek” Takes Doc Prize

iW NEWS | Barbieri's "Em" Wins at Seattle Fest; "Derek" Takes Doc Prize

The nearly one month long Seattle International Film Festival wraps up today in the Pacific Northwest. Tony Barbieri‘s “Em” won the Grand Jury Prize in the festival’s New American Cinema competition, the film praised by the jury both for its focus on love and mental illness and for the lead performances by Stef Willen and Nathan Wetherington. In the festival’s New Directors Showcase, Canadian Yves-Christian Fournier was honored with the grand jury prize for “Everything is Fine,” while Isaac Julien‘s “Derek” won the grand jury award in the festival’s documentary competition. German filmmaker Doris Dorrie‘s “Hanami” won the Golden Space Needle Audience Award for best film, while other Golden Space Needles went to Danny Tedesco‘s “The Wrecking Crew” (best documetary), Amin Matalqa for “Captain Abu Raed” (best director), Alan Rickman for “Bottle Shock” (best actor), Jessica Chastain for “Jolene” (best actress), and Andreas Utta‘s “Felix” (best short film). Short film jury awards went to Atul Taishete‘s “Rewind” (narrative grand jury prize), Rebecca Dreyfus‘s “Self Portrait With Cows Going Home and Other Works: A Portrait of Sylvia Plachy” (documentary grand jury prize), and Luis Cook‘s “The Pearce Sisters” (animation grand jury prize). Earlier this month, indieWIRE published a dispatch from the Seattle festival. [Eugene Hernandez]

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