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Newport pets Kalesniko’s ‘Dog’

Harada's 'Inugami' nabs jury prize

Masato Harada’s “Inugami” won the jury prize for best feature film and Michael Kalesniko’s “How to Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog” won the Joe Jarvis audience choice award for best film at the fourth annual Newport Intl. Film Festival, which wrapped over the past weekend.

“Inugami,” adapted from Masako Bando’s novel, is a mysterious romance centering on a group of outcast sisters living in a town on Japan’s Shikoku Island. “How to Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog,” which stars Kenneth Branagh as a British playwright living in Los Angeles, nabbed the award for best film at this year’s Avignon/New York Film Festival.

Among other nods, Bille Eltringham and Simon Beaufoy shared the best director prize for “The Darkest Light,” Marie de Laubier’s “Avant de Partir” was named best documentary, Matthew Testa’s “The Buffalo War” won the jury award for best documentary, Montieth McCollum’s “Hybrid” picked up the New York Times Claiborne Pell award for original vision and Lukas Moodysson’s “Together” garnered a special jury award.

Fest screened north of 60 films June 5-10.