'Tied Hands' wins best pic at Palm Beach fest


Dan Wolman's "Tied Hands," the account of a mother and her son who is dying of AIDS, was named best feature film at the 12th annual Palm Beach International Film Festival, which wrapped Thursday.

Nicole van Kilsdonk was hailed as best feature film director for the comedy "Johan, while the award for best screenplay went to Scott Dacko for "The Insurgents," starring Henry Simmons, John Shea and Mary Stuart Masterson.

Two performers were recognized with an award for best performance in a feature film: Christopher Plummer for "Man in the Chair" and Gila Almagor for "Tied Hands."

A special jury prize for best feature went to "Maurice Richard/The Rocket." " In addition the jury chose to recognize the cast of "Adrift in Manhattan," which includes Heather Graham, William Baldwin, Dominic Chianese, Victor Rasuk and Graham Gremm with a special ensemble award for their "mesmerizing and haunting performances."

Ray McCormack's "A Crude Awakening - The Oil Crash" was named best documentary feature. Lawrence Walsh's "Cold Kenya" took the prize for best short film.

Audience choice awards were presented to Evan Lieberman's "Kathie T.," best feature film; Logan Smalley's "Darius Goes West - The Roll of His Life," best documentary feature; and Ziv Alexandrony's "And Behold, There Came a Great Wind," best short film.