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Miami Film Festival award winners

It may not have been the Oscars, but the winners at the Miami International Film Festival's awards ceremony held at the Gusman tonight didn't seem to mind.

Bliss_3 Bliss (pictured above), a Turkish-Greek drama about three people on the run from the rigid, sometimes deadly societal constraints of contemporary Turkey, won the Audience Award for Dramatic World Feature, one of three prizes voted on by audiences during the festival.


La Zona (The Zone) (pictured above), the Mexican thriller about the residents of a wealthy community who fight back against intruders during a blackout, won the Audience Award for Ibero-American Feature.

Stranded_2 Vengo de un avion que cayo en las montanas (I Come from a Plane That Crashes in the Mountains) (pictured above), a documentary about the infamous 1973 plane crash that stranded a Uruguayan rugby team, won the Audience Award for Best Documentary.

Also announced Saturday were the Knight Grand Jury award winners, which are voted on by a panel of critics and industry experts and come with a $25,000 cash prize. Here is a rundown of those categories:

World Dramatic Features Competition


Winner: Tricks (Poland) (pictured above).

Special Mention: Best Actor, It's Hard To Be Nice (UK/Slovenia/Serbia/Germany/Bosnia-Herzegovina)

Special Mention: Best Script, Foul Gesture (Israel)

Ibero-American Dramatic Features Competition


Winner (tie): Cochochi (Mexico), pictured above, and Eat For This Is My Body (Haiti/France) (pictured below)


Special Mention: Blue Eyelids (Parpados Azules) (Mexico)

Special Mention: The Girls (Las Ninas) (Chile)

World and Ibero-American Documentary Competition


Winner: Santiago (Brazil) (pictured above)

Special Mention: Santa Fe Street (Calle Santa Fe) (Chile/France/Belgium)

Special Mention: A Paper Tiger (Un Tigre de Papel) (Colombia)

Shorts Competition ($2,500 cash prize)


Winner: Homecoming (Canada) (pictured above)

Honorable Mention: Traumatology (Traumatologia) (Spain)

Special Mention, Best Animated Short: Madame Tutli Putli (Canada)

Special Mention, Best First-Time Director: Overnight a Rose (Taiwan)



Foul Gesture (Israel) (pictured above)

If you missed them, you'll be able to catch repeat screenings of the Knight Grand Jury prize winners tomorrow at the Gusman. Check the festival's website for showtimes.


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Hey Rene,

How was the Tornatore flick? I'm assuming it can't touch Cinema Paradiso.

I'm also curious about Run Fat Boy Run.

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