×

AFI fest auds find ‘Hotel’ sweet

Docu 'Gay,' short 'Parents' also feted at fest

Terry George’s “Hotel Rwanda” garnered the audience choice award for feature pic Sunday night at the AFI/Los Angeles Intl. Film Festival just before the fest’s closing-night screening and the U.S. bow of Alejandro Amenabar’s “The Sea Inside.”

Wash Westmoreland’s “Gay Republicans” nabbed the audience choice docu prize, while Nelle Leana Vollman’s “My Parents” (Germany) took home the audience choice award for short film.

The 18th annual 10-day fest opened Nov. 4 with events held at the ArcLight and Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

The program’s lineup included the U.S. preem of Kevin Spacey’s “Beyond the Sea” as well as Pedro Almodovar’s latest pic, “Bad Education”; Zhang Yimou’s “House of Flying Daggers”; and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “A Very Long Engagement.”

On Friday night, kudos for the fest’s international grand jury winners were handed out during a gala at the ArcLight.

Taika Waititi’s “Two Cars, One Night” (New Zealand) took the top prize in the international shorts competition while Avi Lewis’ “The Take” (Canada) took home the international docu kudo.

The international feature grand jury kudo went to Fernando Eimbcke’s “Duck Season/Temporada de Patos” (Mexico).

Jury members included helmer Xan Cassavetes, film critic Wade Major and thesp Shohreh Aghdashloo.

More Film

  • 'All These Small Moments' Review

    Film Review: 'All These Small Moments'

    The magic of writer-director Melissa B. Miller Costanzo’s “All These Small Moments” can be found within the intimacy of the scenarios, the authenticity of her earnest characterizations, and the accessibility of the actors’ honest performances. In her deftly polished directorial debut, Costanzo dovetails the primary story about a teen’s coming of age with a secondary [...]

  • Bruce Tufeld Dead: Hollywood Agent and

    Hollywood Agent and Manager Bruce Tufeld Dies at 66

    Bruce Tufeld, a Hollywood agent and manager who once repped stars like Rob Lowe, Laura Dern, and Kelsey Grammer, died Tuesday in Los Angeles as a result of complications from liver cancer. He was 66. The son of respected television announcer Richard “Dick” Tufeld and Adrienne Tufeld, Bruce began his career as an assistant at ICM [...]

  • Bruce Dern

    Film News Roundup: Bruce Dern's 'The Lears' Bought by Vertical for February Release

    In today’s film news roundup, Bruce Dern’s “The Lears” and “Angels Are Made of Light” are acquired, Cold War drama “Stanley Cage” is launched and a documentary about Madonna’s early music career gets a release. ACQUISITIONS Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights from NeoClassics Films to “The Lears,” starring Bruce Dern in a modern-day [...]

  • Octavia Spencer Bryce Dallas Howard

    Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard to Reunite for Comedy 'Fairy Tale Ending'

    Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard will reunite for the ensemble comedy “Fairy Tale Ending.” Jim Hecht (“Ice Age: The Meltdown) and Tracy McMillan (“Marvel’s Runaways”) are writing the screenplay. Howard will also produce the Universal movie through her Nine Muses Entertainment alongside Eric Carlson and Susan Carlson. Seth MacFarlane and Erica Huggins will produce [...]

  • Robert Smith, Longtime Executive at DuArt

    Robert Smith, Longtime Executive at New York's DuArt Film Labs, Dies at 88

    Robert Smith, a longtime executive with New York’s DuArt Film Labs, died Jan. 11 in Montvale, N.J. He was 88. Smith spent some 62 years with DuArt, the film processing and post-production facility founded in 1922 in the penthouse of an automobile garage in Midtown. Smith rose to president of DuArt before retiring in 2015. [...]

  • Bird Box

    Los Angeles On-Location Feature Filming Surges 12.2% in 2018

    On-location feature filming in Greater Los Angeles expanded impressively in 2018, gaining 12.2% to 4,377 shooting days, according to FilmL.A. Production activity for feature films rose 15.5% to 1,078 shooting days during the fourth quarter, with 146 days coming from projects receiving California tax credits — including Netflix’s “Bird Box,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content