NZ comedy 'Boy' voted MIFF favorite

Also audience fave in Sydney; opens this week in Oz

SYDNEY -- Taika Waititi’s record-breaking New Zealand comedy “Boy” is making an impact on this side of the Tasman Sea, with Melbourne International Film Festival audiences voting it their favorite film of the 2010 fest, organizers said Tuesday.

The announcement comes as the film has its theatrical release here this week and follows its win as audience favorite at the Sydney Film Festival in June.

Other audience favorites at MIFF 2010 included Sherry Hoffman’s “Desert Flower” (Germany/Austria/France); Abbis Kiarostami’s “Certified Copy” (France and Italy); Chris Morris’ dark comedy “Four Lions” (U.K.) and Japanese animation “Summer Wars."

Richard Press’ “Bill Cunningham: New York was voted as favorite documentary with Danish docu’s“The Invention of Dr. Nakamats” and “Cities on Speed: Bogotá Change + Cairo Garbage,” “Mother of Rock: The Life and Times of Lillian Roxon" (Australia) and "La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet" (France-USA) also proving popular.

Other films to sell out included “Teenage Paparazzo,” “Four Lions,” “Enter The Void,” “I Love You Phillip Morris,” “Leap Year,” “The Wedding Party” and “Mother of Rock.”
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