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Seattle film fest bows to French ‘Spies’

‘OSS 117: Nest of Spies’ wins Golden Space Needle Audience Award
/ Source: Hollywood Reporter

Michael Hazanavius’ “OSS 117: Nest of Spies,” a French spy spoof, earned the Golden Space Needle Audience Award as best film at the 32nd annual Seattle International Film Festival, which concluded its 25-day run Sunday.

Runners-up were Goran Dukic’s “Wrist Cutters: A Love Story,” Marcos Carnevale’s “Elsa & Fred,” Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer’s “Quinceanera” and Charles Sturridge’s “Lassie.” Dukic also took the prize for best director.

“The Trials of Darryl Hunt,” an account of a man wrongly imprisoned in a rape/murder case, won the best documentary award for its directors Rickie Stern and Annie Sundberg.

Fiona Gordon, who stars in “The Iceberg,” from Belgium, was named best actress, while Ryan Gosling of “Half Nelson” was named best actor.

Douglas Horn’s “Full Disclosure” was awarded the Golden Needle for best short.

The fest’s closing-night attraction was Michel Gondry’s “Science of Sleep,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal.

SIFF 2006 also presented a number of jury awards: South Korea’s Shin Dong-il was recognized as best new director for “Host & Guest,” Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin’s “Live Free or Die” was hailed as best new American film, the best documentary honor went to Erik Gandini and Tarik Sale’s “Gitmo: The New Rules of War,” Balint Kenyeres’ “Before Dawn” was named best narrative short, Dave Monahan’s “Ringo” was named best animated short and Sam Green’s “Lot 63, Grave C” was named best documentary short.

Among special awards issued, Freida Lee Mock’s “Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner” earned the Women in Cinema Lena Sharpe Award; Karen Lum’s “Slip of the Tongue” won the Wavemaker Award for Excellence in Youth Filmmaking; and “The Drive Thru,” produced by Stacey Rozich, Matt Lewis, Jesse Lomax and Ashley Russell, took the FutureWave  Audience Award.