'Face to Face,' 'Troubadours' Among Santa Barbara Int'l Film Fest Award Winners

Troubadours
Troubadours
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Michael Rymer's Face to Face, an Australian film about an angry young man, was awarded the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which concluded Sunday.

The prize for best international film went to Nathan Collett's Togetherness Supreme, a movie from Kenya, while the Swedish film Pure, by Alicia Vikander, earned a special jury mention.

The Nueva Vision Award for best Spanish/American film was presented to Patricio Guzman's Nostalgia for the Light (Nostalgia De La Luc), from Chile.

The Best East Meets West Cinema Award went to Yoshihiro Fukagawa's Patisserie (Colin de Rue), from Japan. And the Best Eastern Bloc Award went to the Romanian film If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Eu Cand Vreau Sa Fluier, Fluier), directed by Florin Serban.

Nostaliga was one of two films that were recognized with the Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award. The other was Matt Hames' When I Rise.

Phil Grabsky's The Boy Mir: Ten Years in Afghanistan won the prize for best documentary film. The doc follows the coming of age of a boy in Afghanistan as he ages from 8 to 18.

Short film prizes were handed to Brent Bonacorso's West of the Moon and Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing.

The SB Independent Audience Choice Award was given to Morgan Neville's Troubadours, which looks at the Los Angeles music scene from the late '60s to the early '70s.

Julian Napier's Carmen in 3D was the film festival's closing night film.

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