'Full Circle,' 'Searching for Sugar Man' Win Doha Tribeca Festival Audience Awards

 

Chinese feature film Full Circle, the story of a group of irrepressible senior citizens who decide to enter a reality show on television and Searching for Sugar Man, a documentary on the life of Rodriguez, the 1970s U.S. rock icon who never was, won the Audience awards as the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) drew to a close.

The fourth edition of the festival, the annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF), saw the two movies share the "best of the fest" plaudit this year.

Audiences at DTFF voted for their favourite feature and documentary at the shindig's screenings.

Both films pick up $50,000 each in prize money with the winning films unspooling Nov. 23 and 24 at two of the festival's venues.

Yang Zhang's Full Circle, details the story of  a group of senior citizens who put together a performance to enter a reality television contest.

Despite illness, senility, a lack of acting ability and a no-nonsense chief nurse, they charge towards the competition with the stubborn fervour of youthful dreamers.

Searching for Sugar Man, directed by Malik Bendjelloul, is billed as a story about hope, inspiration and the power of music, as it tracks the life of Rodriguez, whose first album went nowhere and he disappeared into obscurity.

Bootlegged copies of his recordings made their way into South Africa and he became a phenomenon.

DTFF will also host its regular screenings as well as a host of Family Day activities on Saturday, the closing day.

The festival closes Nov. 24 with Peter Ramsey's animated Rise of The Guardians 3D.

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