L.A. Film Festival awards 'A Family'

'Four Lions,' 'Thunder Soul' among audience award winners

Pernille Fischer Christensen's "A Family" (En Familie), about a Danish family facing the death of its patriarch, was awarded the narrative award at the Los Angeles Film Festival, which handed out its jury prizes Saturday at a brunch at Chaya Downtown.

The fest's documentary award went to J. Clay Tweel's "Make Believe," which looks at young magicians vying for the title of Teen World Champion.

Each award includes a $50,000 cash prize, funded by Film Independent, which produces the festival.

The audience award for best narrative feature went to Christopher Morris' "Four Lions" and the audience award for best doc went to Mark Landsman's "Thunder Soul." Roberto Hernandez and Geoffrey Smith's "Presumed Guilty" took the audience award for best international feature.

The audience votes James Blagden's "Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No" best short film. The video for OK Go's "This Too Shall Pass," directed by James Frost, OK Go and Syyn Labs won the audience award for best music video.

The award for best ensemble performance was given to Sabrina Lloyd, James Urbaniak, Lynn Cohen, Harry Chase, Nate Smith and Kamel Boutros for their work in Adam Reid's "Hello Lonesome."

Pablo Larcuen's "My Invisible Friend" took the best narrative short film honors, while Tomasz Wolski's "The Lucky One" was named best documentary short and Beomsik Shimbe Shim's "Wonder Hospital" was best animated short.

The fest, which concluded Sunday night with a screening of the animated feature "Despicable Me," screened more than 200 features, shorts and music videos from more than 40 countries.
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