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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.

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