Deauville American Film Festival winners

The 34th Deauville American Film Festival closed yesterday with The Visitor, actor Tom McCarthy’s second film as a writer/director after the well-regarded The Station Agent, winning the top prize.

Also a big winner, Ballast garnered the Jury Prize and the Cartier Foundation Prize. It marks the first feature for art designer Lance Hammer (The Man Who Wasn’t There), who was also awarded directing prizes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and Durban International Film Festival.

Rounding up the winners are the apparently borderline unwatchable Gardens Of The Night from director Damian Harris (Deceived) with the Critics’ Prize and the war drama Johnny Mad Dog from Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (Carlitos Medellin) with the Michel D’Ornano Prize

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National Movie Awards winners

The sond edition of the National Movie Awards were held a couple of days ago in London, with the musical Mamma Mia! winning two awards. The results are decided by popular vote, kind of like the Teen Choice Awards.

Best Action/Adventure Film: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

Best Superhero Film: The Dark Knight

Best Musical: Mamma Mia!

Best Comedy: Juno

Best Family Film: Wall-E

Best Performance By A Male: Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Best Performance By A Female: Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!

Special Recognition: Pixar

I agree with some of these choices, but this awards ceremony looks more like a joke to me, how did it get so prestigious in such a short time?

Venice Film Festival winners

The 65th Venice International Film Festival, one of the most prestigious in the world with Cannes and Berlin, closed on September 6th. While Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler won the festival’s biggest prize, if you take a look at all the “collateral awards”, quite a few films emerge.

Thus the Italian film Giovanna’s Father and the Ethiopian filmTeza both garnered 5 awards while the Italian Pranzo Di Ferragosto, the American The Hurt Locker, and the Italian/French/Romanian Pa-ra-da collected 4 awards each. Additionally, the Italian documentary Below Sea Level won 3 awards and the Russian Paper Soldier, the American Vegas: Based On A True Story, the Sri Lankan Machan, the Japanese Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea and the French films Stella and L’Apprenti each got 2 awards.

View the full list of winners right here:

Main Prizes

Golden Lion for best film: Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler

Silver Lion for best director: Aleksei German MI. for Paper Soldier (Bumaznyj Soldat)

Special Jury Prize: Haile Gerima’s Teza

Coppa Volpi for best actor: Silvio Orlando in Giovanna’s Father (Il Papà Di Giovanna)

Coppa Volpi for best actress: Dominique Blanc in L’Autre

Marcello Mastroianni Prize for best emerging actor or actress: Jennifer Lawrence in Burning Plain

Osella for best cinematography: Alisher Khamidhodjaev and Maxim Drozdov for Paper Soldier

Osella for best screenplay: Haile Gerima for Teza

Special Lion for overall work: Werner Schroeter

Luigi De Laurentis Award for debut film: Gianni Di Gregorio’s Pranzo Di Ferragosto

Horizon Prizes

Premio Orizzonti: Lav Diaz’s Melancholia

Premio Orizzonti Doc: Gianfranco Rosi’s Below Sea Level

Special Mention to: Philippe Grandrieux’s Un Lac and Huang Wenhai’s Women

Short Film Prizes

Golden Lion for best short film: Carlos Armella’s Tierra Y Pan

Special Mention to: Karchi Perlmann’s Vascora

U.I.P. Award for best European short film: Joost Van Ginkel’s Zand

Collateral Awards after the jump

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