Montreal Film Festival Awards
Tue Sep 7 06:41:27 EDT 1999
MONTREAL (CP) - The top jury prize at the 23rd annual Montreal World
Film Festival was awarded to Iranian director Majid Majidi for his film,
The Colour of God.
The young Quebec director Louis Belanger won best director and a special
mention from the international critics for his first feature film, Post
Mortem. Belanger stole the prize from fellow Quebecer, Jean Beaudin, a
seasoned filmmaker whose film, Memories Unlocked, was also in
competition. Beaudin's film won the popular vote for best Canadian film.
For best foreign film, the public chose Postmen in the Mountains by
Chinese director Huo Jianqi.
The renowned Spanish director Carlos Saura received the jury prize for
artistic contribution for his film Goya in Bordeaux on the life of
artist Francisco de Goya.
For best female actor, the jury selected Nina Hoss for her role as a
Berlin singer in the '30s in the German film The Volcano.
Best male actor went to Japan's Ken Takahura for his portrayal of the
old stationmaster in Poppoya.
Veteran film director Ettore Scola won the non-jury Special Grand Prize
awarded by the festival for his film The Dinner.
The jury awarded its Special Grand Prize ex-aequo to Italian director
Giuseppe Piccioni for his film, Not of this World and to the American
director Hampton Fancher for The Minus Man.
The prize for best screenplay went to two Frenchmen, Pierre Jolivet and
Simon Michael for My Little Business, which Jolivet directed.
The Montreal Prize for first feature film, selected by an independent
international jury, went to Mexican director Juan Carlos Rulfo for Juan,
I Forgot, I Don't Remember.
David Lionel Lewis
david.lionel.lewis at sympatico.ca
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