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Mao Mao‘s Here, Then drama about rootless youngsters in China won this year’s best international film nod as this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival began to draw to a close.
The international movie competition jury was presided over by Elliot Gould and was picked from a selection of movies from around the world that also included, for the first time, documentary films alongside narrative films.
Gould’s jury also gave a special mention to documentary Papirosen by Gastón Solnicki.
Director Penny Woolcock was awarded the Michael Powell Award for best British feature film for One Mile Away which made its world bow at the festival.
It details the story of rival gangs in British conurbation Birmingham.
The Michael Powell Award was dished out by a Jury headed by actor Jim Broadbent.
Andrea Riseborough and Brid Brennan jointly won awards for best performance in a British film for their turns in James Marsh’s Shadow Dancer.
The 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival unveiled the winners of its awards at a ceremony held at Filmhouse, hosted by Grant Lauchlan of Scottish broadcaster’s STV Moviejuice show.
One of the first and headline grabbing moves made by incoming artistic director Chris Fujiwara was to re-introduce the competitive elements of the long-running Scottish festival.
The 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival opened with William Friedkin’s Killer Joe and closes with the European premiere of Disney/Pixar’s Brave Sunday evening.
The festival closes July 1.
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