U.S. Marines Doc 'Killing Time' Tops Cinema du Reel Fest

Killing Times Still - H 2015
Courtesy of Cinema du Reel

Killing Times Still - H 2015

Jean-Gabriel Periot's documentary 'A German Youth' won the runner-up prize.

The Cinema du Reel documentary festival wrapped up its 37th edition this weekend at the Pompidou Center in Paris.

An international jury headed by French director Julie Bertuccelli (The Tree) awarded the fest's grand prize to Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel's Killing Time, a formalist look at U.S. Marines on home leave in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Honorable mentions were given to the Colombia-set family portrait Noche Herida, directed by Nicolas Rincon Gille, and to Chinese filmmaker Zhantao Song's mining doc In the Underground.

The Scam International Prize was given to A German Youth, French director Jean-Gabriel Periot's archive chronicle of leftist movements of the '60s and '70s that premiered at this year's Berlin Film Festival. The Joris Ivens Prize for first film was awarded to Denis Klebleev's Strange Particles, which follows a Russian quantum physicist on a seaside holiday. The prize for best French documentary was given to Thomas Jenkoe's Souvenirs de la Gehenne.

Outside its International and French competitions sections, this year's Cinema du Reel program included a retrospective of documentary work by Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler and a collection of films by the New York-based artist and professor Shelly Silver.