'Hunger,' 'Involuntary' take two awards
U.S. drama “Frozen River,” helmed by Courtney Hunt, won the top film kudo at the Stockholm Intl. Film Festival, which specializes in pics by up-and-coming directors.The U.K.’s “Hunger,” about a hunger strike in Northern Ireland, took two awards: Steve McQueen won the directing debut prize and Michael Fassbender nabbed the actor award. Swedish pic “Involuntary,” helmed by Ruben Ostlund, won the screenplay award for Erik Hemmendorff and Ostlund, and the audience award. Prize for actress went to Zuzana Bydzovska for her role in Bohdan Slama’s Czech-German-French co-production “Country Teacher,” which also won Divis Marek the award for cinematography. The prize of the Fipresci jury was won by U.K.-German pic “Better Things,” helmed by Duane Hopkins. This year’s Lifetime Achievement award went to Charlotte Rampling and the Visionary Award to helmer Wong Kar Wai. Fest ran Nov. 20-30.