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‘Water’ sweeps over Bangkok fest

'Silence' named best pic in ASEAN

See Winners

BANGKOK — The Bangkok Film Festival closed Saturday with a lavish black tie gala and the top prize going to Deepa Mehta’s “Water.”

Vietnamese pre-war romantic drama “Bride Of Silence” was named best film in the separate competition for ASEAN films.

Fest presented its other Kinnaree awards to a familiar collection of notables including Korea’s Park Chan-wook, Academy Award nominee Felicity Huffman and Presley Chaweneyagae from the foreign-language Oscar nominee “Tsotsi.”

Prize-winners list Bangkok Film Festival 2006:

Best Picture – “Water” produced by David Hamilton, directed by Deepa Mehta Canada/India)

Best Director – Park Chan-wook for “Sympathy For Lady Vengeance” (South Korea)

Best Actor – Presley Chaweneyagae for “Tsotsi” (South Africa/UK)

Best Actress – Felicity Huffman for “Transamerica”( U.S.)

ASEAN Film – “The Bride Of Silence” directed by Doan Minh Phuong and Doan Thanh Nghia (Vietnam)

New Voices – “Kept And Dreamless” directed by Martin DeSalvo and Vera Fogwill (Argentina).

Best Documentary – “Rize” directed by David LaChapelle (U.S.)

Jameson Best Asian Short Film – “Under Construction” directed by Lee Hyung-Suk (South Korea)

Jameson People’s Choice Award – “Art Of The Devil 2” directed by Kongkiat Khomsiri; Art Thamthrakul; Yosapong Polsap; Putipong Saisikaew; Isara Nadee; Pasith Buranajan; Seree Pongniti (Thailand)

Jury Mention: In Recognition of Excellence – “Istanbul Tales” directed by Umit Unal; Kudret Sabanci; Elim Demirdelen; Yucel Yolcu; Omur Atay (Turkey)

Honorable Mentions – “Ballets Russes” directed by Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine (U.S.)
“In The Shadow Of The Palms” directed by Wayne Coles-Janess (Australia)

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