Helmer Maren Ade’s German-language pic “The Forest for the Trees” drew the dramatic feature prize at the eighth annual Newport Film Festival over the weekend.
Winning pic follows a woman (Eva Lobau, who received actress honors) who leaves her life in the country to take a job as a science teacher in a big city high school.
Miranda July and IFC Films’ “Me and You and Everyone We Know” took the top audience award, and July drew director kudos.
Closing ceremonies for Rhode Island-based fest, which ran June 7 through Sunday, took place at a luncheon Saturday.
Actor nod went to Nicolas Cazale for his role in French pic “Le Grand Voyage.”
Top docu was “The Boys of Baraka,” by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. Pic centers on a group of inner-city American schoolboys who travel to attend an experimental boarding school in Kenya.