‘Em’, ‘Fine’ win top awards at Seattle

'Blue Tooth Virgin' wins jury prize

The 34th Seattle Intl. Film Festival has awarded its top prizes to Tony Barbieri’s “Em” and Yves-Christian Fournier’s “Everything Is Fine.”

The kudos were announced Sunday at the conclusion of 25-day event, which included 191 features, 57 docus and 170 shorts. “Bottle Shock” was the closing night film.

“Em,” starring Stef Willen and Nathan Wetherington, won the grand jury prize in the New American Cinema competition. A special jury prize went to Russell Brown’s “The Blue Tooth Virgin.”

“Everything Is Fine” won the grand jury prize in the new directors showcase competition with the panel commending the performance of Marie Turgeon. Anna Melkyan’s “Mermaid” was awarded a special jury prize.

Isaac Julien’s “Derek” won the grand jury prize in the documentary competition with special jury prizes going to Raphael Mathie’s “Combalion” and Timothy Hotchner’s “Accelerating America.”

The Golden Space Needle Audience Award went to Doris Dorrie’s “Cherry Blossoms — Hanami” while the director award went to Amin Matalqa for “Captain Abu Read” and the actor trophies went to Alan Rickman for “Bottle Shock” and Jessica Chastain for “Jolene.”

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