'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Wins Top Award at Reykjavik Film Festival
Benh Zeitlin's film was honored with the event's top award, the Golden Puffin, with the critics award going to Sean Baker's "Starlet."
LONDON - The Reykjavik International Film Festival in Iceland has awarded its top award, the Golden Puffin, to Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Honored at the awards ceremony Saturday night at the modern Harpa Music Hall in Iceland's capital, the U.S. film beat out 11 other contenders in the festival's competition category dubbed New Visions.
The jury lauded the film "for its spirit of storytelling, visual inventiveness and creative audacity, which marks Benh Zeitlin as a leading figure for the next generation of independent film artists."
It also awarded a special mention to Moon Man, directed by Stephan Schesch, for "its wit and craft."
In more good news for U.S. directors, the FIPRESCI Critics’ Award went to Sean Baker's Starlet.
The Audience Award online vote saw French movie Queen of Montreuil, directed by Solveig Anspach, emerge as the winner.
Israeli-French film God’s Neighbors, from director Meni Yaesh, won the Church of Iceland Award. “God’s Neighbors is a memorable exploration of the relation between religion and justice, violence and love," the jury said. Again, it gave a special mention to Moon Man.
The festival's Environment Award went to Viktor Kossakovsky's ¡Vivan las Antipodas!
- John Oliver on the Luxurious 'Freedom' of HBO, His Complicated Relationship With NYC
- The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media 2014
- Cannes Preview: The Hot Movies in the Running to Hit the Croisette
- CBS' $67 Million Man: Does Leslie Moonves' Moolah Make Sense?
- Glenn Beck Moves Into Movie Production (Exclusive)
- MOST SHARED
- MOST POPULAR
- 'Third Person' Trailer Shows Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, Liam Neeson Feeling Everything
- AMC's Hit Reality Show 'Small Town Security' Is Back For Season 3
- Bride Gives Groom 'Ghostbusters' Cake, Proves That She's A Keeper
- Ted Neeley, Original 'Jesus Christ Superstar,' Hopes Pope Francis Will Come To The Musical