VANCOUVER — Rahu Mihaileanu’s drama “Live and Become” (Israel/France), about an Ethiopian child sent to live in Israel as a Jew, was voted the most popular international film by Vancouver film fest auds.
Julia Kwan’s British Columbia-made film “Eve and the Fire Horse,” about two Chinese children who turn to Catholicism in the hope that two faiths will offer more protection than one, was voted the most popular Canadian feature film at the 24th annual fest, which completed its 16-day run Friday.
Italo helmer Stefano Rulli won best doc feature with “A Particular Silence,” a look at autism, while China’s Liu Jiayin won the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema for “Ox Hide,” a depiction of her own family’s difficult life created in just 23 fixed-angle shots in her small Beijing home.
Sean Garrity won the C$12,000 ($10,200) Citytv Western Canada Feature Film Award for his thriller “Lucid.”
Jamie Travis won the C$5,000 ($4,200) award for best young western Canadian director of a short film for “Patterns.”
Carly Pope received the Women in Film & Video Vancouver’s Artistic Merit Award for her perf in “The Hamster Cage.”