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Aussie pic fest fetes ‘Radiance’

'Waco,' 'Pregnant' also honored at 45th Sydney Film Fest

SYDNEY — The audience attending the 45th Sydney Film Festival, which ended Friday, voted the closing-night pic, local item “Radiance,” best feature film of the fest.

“Radiance,” which will be distribbed by Polygram in Oz, is the first film of aboriginal director Rachel Perkins, and is based on a play by Louis Nowra. Story involves three aboriginal sisters who are reunited for their mother’s funeral.

Runners up in the voting were: “Gadjo Dilo” (France, Tony Gatlif); “Marius and Jeannette” (France, Robert Guediguian), “The Perfect Circle” (Bosnia, Ademir Kenovic) and “The Sweet Hereafter” (Canada, Atom Egoyan).

‘Waco’ honored

Voted best documentary was “Waco: The Rules of Engagement” (U.S., William Gazecki), while the best short film nod went to another American entry, “Everybody’s Pregnant,” by Debra Solomon.

This was the 10th and final festival programmed by Paul Byrnes, whose replacement has not yet been announced.

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