Palm Springs likes Hunt's 'Found Me'


"Then She Found Me," a comedy drama about a woman in the midst of a midlife crisis directed by, co-written by and starring Helen Hunt, earned the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for best narrative feature Sunday at the 19th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Tricia Regan's "Autism: The Musical," which follows a group of autistic children putting on a show, took the audience award for best documentary feature.

Winners at the festival, which concludes today, were announced Sunday at Spencer's Restaurant in Palm Springs.

A jury of international critics, who viewed 55 of the 63 films submitted for the foreign-langauge film Academy Award, voted the FIPRESCI Award for foreign-language film to Ognjen Svilicic's "Armin," from Croatia, about a small-town father and son trying to maintain their dignity in the big city.

Song Gang-ho received the FIPRESCI Best Actor Award for his performance in Lee Chang-dong's "Secret Sunshine," while Anamaria Marinca and Laura Vasiliu were co-awarded the FIPRESCI Award Best Actress prize for their work in Cristian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days."

In the New Voices/New Visions program, featuring first or second films from 10 international directors, the jury singled out Ann-Kristen Reyels' "Hounds," a German coming-of-age story.

The Israeli film "The Band's Visit," directed by Eran Kolirin, received the Bridging the Borders Award, presented by Cinema Without Borders to the film that is "most successful in bringing the people of our world closer together."

The festival, which began Jan. 3, screened 212 films, including 65 premieres, from 66 countries.

A complete list of winners can be found at