Mignogna’s ‘Wind’ blows major kudos

Argentinean family drama awarded top jury prize

LONDON — Eduado Mignogna’s Argentinean family drama “The Wind” was awarded the top jury prize at Sunday’s closing night ceremony of the 14th Raindance film festival, the U.K.’s leading celebration of homegrown and international indie film.

Paul Andrew Williams’ directorial debut “London to Brighton” scooped the U.K. feature kudos. Pic about a prostitute and a young waif on the run from a crime lord also won a new director’s award at the 2006 Edinburgh Film Festival.

Raindance debut feature honors went to Marco Martins for “Alice,” about a grief-struck father scouring Lisbon, Portugal, in search of his daughter.

Doc prize was awarded to Ricki Stern and Anne Sudberg’s “The Trials of Daryl Hunt” about a young black man accused in the rape and murder of a white woman in North Carolina.

This year’s Raindance jurors included Lou Reed, Marky Ramone, Kevin Macdonald, Matthew Libatique, Anton Corbijn, Parminder Nagra and Judi Dench.

Fest closed with the world premiere of Ed Blum’s low-budget Brit indie “Scenes of a Sexual Nature.”

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