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The 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival has filled out the rest of its 2015 award winners by announcing that Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” and Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” have won the Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary, respectively. “All American Family” won the Audience Award for Best Short Film.
“We are so pleased with the dedication of our filmgoers to consistently vote for their favorite films each year,” said HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent. “Our Audience Award winners are indicators of the level of films we are able to bring to the festival each year.”
“Where to Invade Next” marks Michael Moore’s first film in six years and finds the director traveling to numerous countries to investigate their policies and laws on a wide range of social, economic and political issues. The film will be released in December in select theaters via a new distribution company formed by Tom Quinn, Jason Janego and Tim League.
“Room” has become one of the season’s most anticipated awards titles after earning acclaim for its performances at screenings in Telluride and Toronto. Brie Larson and newcomer Jacob Tremblay play a mother and son who must learn to reenter the world after escaping from years of imprisonment in a small shed. The film is based on the bestselling novel by Emma Donoughe. A24 stars rolling “Room” out in theaters this Friday, October 16.
HIFF ran October 8-12. Check out the previously announced winners here.