Written by: FFT Webmaster | October 17th, 2011
The Hamptons International Film Festival, which wraps today after a frenzied five day marathon of premieres, parties, professional seminars and special events, announced its award winners at a gala ceremony on Sunday afternoon. THE ARTIST, a contemporary silent film that is a valentine to the silent film era of the 1920s, written and directed by French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius, won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film. The film, which closed the Festival, has been an international film festival hit since its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last May. It opens next month via distributor The Weinstein Company. HARD TIMES: LOST ON LONG ISLAND, a documentary that follows a group of Long Island residents as they courageously describe the effect that their long time unemployed status has had on their families, finances, and ultimately their American dream, won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Film. The film’s director Marc Levin has worked in the arenas of independent films, episodic television and documentaries. His dramatic feature film SLAM won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d’Or at Cannes in 1998.
THE FAIRY, a Belgian/French co-production directed by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, was selected by the jury as the winner of The Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award. The film, which opens the prestigious Directors Fortnight section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is the whimsical tale of a man who works the late shift at a motel in a sleepy seaside town who encounters a mystical fairy who grants him three wishes. This mix of fantasy, romcom and delirious comedy will open theatrically next month via distributor Kino Lorber. The Golden Starfish Award for Best Documentary was awarded to Brazilian director Fellipe Barbosa for the film LAURA. The film offers an intimate portrait of a Brazilian expat in New York City who lives two contradictory lives….at night she crashes the most glamorous and exclusive parties, while each day she struggles to cheat poverty. The film made its world premiere at the Festival.
WITHOUT, a daring, provocative, and uniquely sensitive look at the intersection between technology and social isolation, recounts the tale of a young woman who travels to a secluded, wooded island to be the temporary caretaker of an ailing and mute elderly man. The film, the debut of writer/director Mark Jackson, won the Special Jury Award at the Slamdance Film Festival. In the Hamptons, the film was a double prize winner, winning the Kodak Award for Best Cinematography as well as being awarded The Wouter Barendrecht Pioneering Vision Award.
Other awards presented at the Festival’s concluding ceremony include YOU’VE BEEN TRUMPED (Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice); SMALL, BEAUTIFULLY MOVING PARTS (The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize); and THE BULLY PROJECT (The Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution). The Festival has been instrumental in singling out up and coming performers from both the U.S. and overseas. This year, its 2011 Breakthrough Performer Recipients included Emily Browning (SLEEPING BEAUTY), Alexander Skarsgard (MELANCHOLIA), Stine Fischer Christensen (CRACKS IN THE SHELL), Ezra Miller (ANOTHER HAPPY DAY), Shailene Woodley (THE DESCENDANTS) and Anton Yelchin (LIKE CRAZY).
“Once again the weekend proved to be a true celebration of the art of cinema”, Executive Director Karen Arikian expressed. “ We are so moved by the continued support of our community and their appetite for the films we offered this year.” For more information on the full Hamptons International Film Festival program, visit: www.hamptonsfilmfest.org