‘Shoujyo’ nabs AFI jury prize

'God' earns blessing of fest aud

“City of God,” Brazil’s entry in this year’s foreign-lingo Oscar race, picked up the audience award for international feature film at AFI Fest 2002.

Fest director Christian Gaines announced the audience selections at Sunday’s closing-night gala screening of Pedro Almodovar’s “Talk to Her.” Nirvan Mullick’s “The Box Man” and Tasha Oldham’s “The Smith Family” nabbed audience awards for short and docu, respectively.

Jury awards were presented seperately at Friday evening’s Kodak Connect closing reception.

“Shoujyo: An Adolescent,” from Japanese thesp-turned-helmer Eiji Okuda, took home the grand jury prize in the feature competition. Special mentions for performance went to Shawn Ku for “Samsara” and Paprika Steen for “Okay.”

Anja Jacob’s “Dr. Cuddle” triumphed in the shorts competish, and a special mention went to “Box Man.” Docu grand jury prize went to Sherine Salama’s “A Wedding in Ramallah,” with a special mention for “emotional courage and cinematic artistry” going to Sami Saif and Phie Ambo’s “Family.”

The feature jury participants were actress Christina Ricci, filmmaker Percy Adlon, and Screen International editor Mike Goodridge. The shorts jury included actress Maria Conchita Alonso, producer and consultant Bob Hawk and filmmaker Matthew Harrison. Musician and composer Miriam Cutler, documentary filmmaker Lisa Leeman and producer Eric D’Arbeloff made up the feature docu jury.

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