‘Silence’ reigns at Giffoni Film Fest

ROME — Pics competing from the U.S. took the top prizes at the 27th Giffoni Intl. Film Festival, a showcase for family and children’s films that wrapped July 27.

“Cries of Silence,” the story of an adolescent deaf-mute girl written and directed by Avery Crounse, was voted best film, also earning the best actress trophy for Erin Buchanan. Best actor went to Kevin Bacon for his role in Timothy Hutton’s directing debut, “Digging To China.”

The infants section, reserved for films aimed at 8- to 11-year-olds, was won by Catalan director Rosa Verges’ “Tic Tac.”

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