'Poppy' picks up Santa Barbara fest award

'Woman in Berlin' takes top int'l film honors

Benjamin Ross' "Poppy Shakespeare," in which Naomie Harris and Anna Maxwell play two psychiatric hospital patients who become friends, was the winner of the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema at the 24th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which concluded Sunday.

Winners were announced at a Sunday morning brunch at Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort.

Max Farberbock's "A Woman in Berlin" (Eine Frau in Berlin) was named best international film.

The Nueva Vision Award for the best Spanish-language film went to Fernando Lebrija's "Amar a morir." The Best Eastern Bloc Cinema Award went to Germany's "Tulpan," directed by Sergei Dvortsevoy.

Megan Doneman's "Yes Madam, Sir" was singled out as best documentary and also picked up the Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award.

Anthony Fabrian's "Skins," starring Sophe Okonedo, Sam Neill and Alice Krige, was voted the audience award, known as the Santa Barbara Independent Audience Choice Award.

Sam Taylor-Wood's "Love You More," produced by the late Anthony Minghella, earned the Bruce Corwin Award for best live-action short film, while Adam Foulkes and Alan Smith's "This Way Up" was chosen best animation short.
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