Bermuda hails ‘Proposition’

Bermuda Intl. Film Fest honors Hillcoat pic

“The Proposition,” helmed by Australian John Hillcoat, took top honors for narrative feature Saturday at the Bermuda Intl. Film Festival.

Other prize-winning pics were “King Leopold’s Ghost,” directed by Pippa Scott of the U.S., for docu feature, and “Avatar,” by director Lluis Quilez of Spain, which took the M3 Wireless Bermuda Shorts Award.

“Avatar” automatically qualifies for Oscar consideration, provided the film meets the Academy’s other qualifying criteria; BIFF has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as a qualifying fest for the short film Oscar.

Fest’s audience choice nod was given to Miramax’s “Kinky Boots,” directed by Julian Jarrold.

Special jury awards went to “The Ring Finger” and “Shark in the Head” for cinematography. Special jury nods for performance went to Ray Winstone and Emily Watson for “The Proposition,” Oldrich Kaiser for “Shark in the Head” and Olga Kurylenko for “The Ring Finger.”

A special jury mention for docu went to “Rare Bird” by Bermudian director Lucinda Sperling.

Seventy-four pics from 34 countries were screened at the fest, which ran March 17-25.