Aspen FilmFest closed on September 30 after showcasing 23 narrative and documentary films from around the world, giving one Audience Award for each category.
The Narrative Award went to “Room,” giving the film another festival win ahead of its October 16 release. Starring Brie Larson and outstanding newcomer Jacob Tremblay, the drama is an unexpectedly tender exploration of the boundless love between a mother and child under the most harrowing of circumstances. “Room” won the People’s Choice Award at TIFF last month.
In the documentary category, “Romeo is Bleeding” took home the top prize. The debut film from director Jason Zeldes, the doc is about a young poet and activist in Richmond, CA. The official festival synopsis reads: “Donté Clark is on a mission to combat his hometown’s gang violence with poetry. As Clark and his high-school students delve into an adaptation of ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ real-life and fictional tragedies begin to overlap.”