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The Vancouver Film Festival on Saturday revealed the audience award winners for its 35th edition.
The people’s choice award went to Aisling Walsh’s Maudie, which stars Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. The most popular international feature was Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, the Palme d’Or winner at Cannes.
Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian drama The Salesman, which earned the Golden Bear prize in Berlin, was the runner-up in the international feature category.
Maudie — a biopic about Canadian painter Maud Lewis, with Hawkins as the title character — has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for a U.S. release.
Vancouver audiences also voted photographer and filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Human, which debuted in Venice, as the most popular international documentary, while Pete McCormack’s Spirit Unforgettable was named the most popular Canadian documentary.
The Vancouver fest handed out jury prizes earlier. Those winners included Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses — an animated feature voiced by Sandra Oh, Ellen Page and Shohreh Aghdashloo — which was named best Canadian film and best British Columbia film.
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