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‘Patang,’ ‘Splinters’ win Hawaii fest awards

Swinton, Mullan take thesp honors

India-U.S. co-production “Patang,” a family drama set in Ahmedabad by helmer Prashant Bhargava, has claimed the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for narrative feature at the 31st Hawaii International Film Festival.

Adam Pesce’s “Splinters,” a Papua New Guinea-U.S. co-production about surfing and culture clashes in a Papuan New Guinea village, took out the Golden Halekulani Award for documentary. The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema award was presented to helmer Ruslan Pak for his South Korea-Uzbekistan drama “Hanaan.”

Awards were announced at a reception at Washington House, residence of Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie. Operating within the Hawaii fest, sidebar event EuroCinema Hawaii handed out its gongs Oct. 15. The Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale for best feature was claimed by “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” with helmer Lynn Ramsey and lead Tilda Swinton also receiving trophies. Peter Mullan was named best actor for his role in Paddy Considine’s Irish pic “Tyrannosaur.”

“Pa’ahanna” by Lang Dang took the student film award. Hawaii fest continues through Oct. 23, with audience vote winner to be announced Oct. 24.

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