Palm Springs fest solves 'Labyrinth'


Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" was given the FIPRESCI Award for best foreign-language film by a jury of international critics at the 18th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which wrapped Sunday. The film also took home the fest's International Filmmaker Award.

The fest, which began Jan. 4, screened 255 films from 73 countries, including 79 premieres and 55 of the 61 foreign-language film entries for this year's Academy Awards. A record 120,000 attendees are estimated to have taken part in the fest.

Mads Mikkelsen recieved the FIPRESCI best actor award for his performance in Susanne Bier's "After the Wedding," while Blanca Lewin was named best actress for Matias Bize's "In Bed."

In the New Voices New Visions category, featuring films from 12 new international directors, Rafi Pitts recevied an award for his humanism and elegant filmmaking for "It's Winter."

A Special Jury Prize was awarded to Veronica Chen's "Agua" for its original storytelling.

John Jeffcoat received the John Schlesinger Award for outstanding first feature (narrative or documentary) for "Outsourced," which screened as the opening-night film.

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others" took home the Audience Award for best narrative feature. "Blindsight," directed by Lucy Walker, received the Audience Award for best documentary feature.

New this year, the fest presented the Frownie Award — given for best close-up of an actress in a film — to Missi Pyle, star of "Mojave Phone Booth."