Golden Gate Fiction & Documentary Festival - 2009 Awards

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AWARDED FILMS BY CATEGORIES:

Best Fiction

ILLEGAL
by ROBERT CAMBRINUS - United Kingdom
Economic migrant Andrej strikes up a friendship with the much younger Chechen refugee Moya. For a fleeting moment Moya may dream of a normal life; Andrej already knows it's an illusion.
Special Prize to the Best Fiction Film

Best Documentary

THE JAIL
by ABHIJIT DAS GUPTA - India
A prisoner for life, a murderer, a devil who turned divine - a complete metamorphosis.
Special Prize to Best Documentary Film

Best Director

NO ESCAPE
by CHIRANJEEVI NANDA - India
A slum boy is victim of physical abuse, sexual harassments, physical torture by his Master and circumstances. Veenu starts a journey to end his life and get rid of all his problems, included his inability to shoulder the burden of a deaf dumb brother and sick mother. Destiny is different from his wish, there is No Escape.
Awarded Category:  Direction

Best Screenplay

ORU THAMIZHANUM ORU AGHADIYUM - India
by KALANITHI.. B
This film portrays the emotional bondage that binds the people of Tamil Nadu in India and the Tamil speaking natives of Sri Lanka. Many families in both countries especially the Tamils have inseparable relationships.
Awarded Category: Screenplay, Easwar

Best Realization

FAR FROM HAVANA
by ALEYDA VALDEZ - El Salvador / Spain
The life of a Cuban immigrant in Barcelona over a six-year period. And with him, Cubans think that now "maybe everything changes".
Awarded Category: Integral Realization

Best Actress

I'M A FREAK!
by MARK GRAZIANO - USA
Sometimes seeing a shrink can yield unexpected results...who's the freak??!!
Actress Performance: Brenna Graziano

Best Actor

ANDANTE MA NON TROPPO
by JIMENA PUENTE-TREVINO - Australia / France
The Nazi regime has imposed more than 120 anti-Semitic laws and decrees, the latest, the prohibition for Jews to export any objects of art. Francesco decides to cross the border to Switzerland, with nothing but his four-stringed companion, an invaluable Stradivarius cello.
Actor Performance: Paul Desenne

Best Cinematography

PANTOMIME
by HECTOR SUNOL BERT - Spain
TIKO, a mime, wants to discover which is his place in this complicate puzzle that is life. The mime through his performances wants to reveal the parody in which we are living.
Photography: FRANCESC BALANA PASCUAL

Best Art Direction

FRIZON
by JAN-EJE FERLING - Sweden
When the Vicar decides to celebrate his birthday by indulging his secret vice while his wife is out of town, an unexpected predicament threatens to expose him to the community in a very unorthodox way.
Art Direction: Mirjam Vöhrmann

Best Editing

TABLE OF DELICACIES
by ALDO LAUREL, NANCY DE SANTIAGO - Mexico
Every child as every person's living child, has a special taste for his own needed "table of delicacies".
Editing: Aldo Laurel

 

SPECIAL MENTIONS:

Special Mention

CONSIDERING AN EXHIBITION
by MARTA RENZI - USA
A photographer wrestles with his conscience in his small attic studio at night., returning to his stark black-and-white images for proof that what he does matters. After a bath, image and reality merge into a new beginning.

Special Mention

LES ENFANTS SORCIERS DE KINSHASA
by EMMANUEL REITZ - France
Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. After years of civil war and millions of death among the population, poverty and desperation is running the country.

Special Mention

TRAS LOS PASOS DEL BANDOLERO
by PEDRO JAEN R. - Spain
Alex is a murderer for hire. Kills for a living but also in balancing the scales of injustice and work to eliminate parasites that he should. His latest mission will take him to a distant village following the steps of an outlaw.
 

OFFICIAL SELECTION
by alphabetical order:

ABSCHIED VOM TOD by SEYHAN DERIN
AGENT ORANGE: 30 YEARS LATER by JOHN TRINH
ALL ALONE AND LONELY by FOKIYA AKHTAR
ALL THAT REMAINS by STEVE BURNS
ANDANTE MA NON TROPPO by JIMENA PUENTE-TREVINO
AUFBRUCH - ABBRUCH by KLEMENS HUFNAGL and JULIA DRACK
BEYOND BELIEF 2 by ABHIJIT DAS GUPTA
CAFFE TRIESTE by ANDREA MAGNANI and RAFFAELE RAGO
CASTING by JORDAN FREESE
CHOICES by NAMIT KUMAR
CONSIDERING AN EXHIBITION by MARTA RENZI
D'ENTRE LES MORTS by ALAIN BASSO
DIGGING IN THEIR HEELS by AMANDA CASTRO
EL VALOR DE LAS MUJERES; LA LUCHA POR EL DERECHO A LA TIERRA by ROSSANA LACAYO
FAR FROM HAVANA by ALEYDA VALDEZ
FIVE MINUTES TO THE MIDNIGHT by FERNANDO GUILLEN CUERVO
FRIZON by JAN-EJE FERLING
ILLEGAL by ROBERT CAMBRINUS
I'M A FREAK! by MARK GRAZIANO
IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN by STEVEN MCGREGOR
IO PARLO ! by MARCO GIANFREDA
LE MURMURE DES RUINES by LILIANE DE KERMADEC
LES ENFANTS SORCIERS DE KINSHASA by EMMANUEL REITZ
LIGHTS OF THE RIVER GANGES by HOLGER KLUSSMANN
LIVEING GOD by ARATI DWIVEDI
MARRIED TO THE JOB by BENJAMIN GUEDJ
NAMESAKE by SHIRIN MOZAFFARI
NAPPIES AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH by LEE LEE GOH AOW
NO ESCAPE by CHIRANJEEVI NANDA
ORU THAMIZHANUM ORU AGHADIYUM by KALANITHI.. B
PANTOMIME by HECTOR SUÑOL BERT
PATIENCE OF THE MEMORY by VUK JEVREMOVIC
PIT BULL GAFF by MARK PARRY
PORTRAIT by AMADEUSZ JACKIEWICZ
SCUMBALL 500 by JIM POPPLEWELL
SHACKLES OF LIBERTY by RAHAT KULSHRESHTHA
SLOWING DOWN THE STEP by IVAN HERMES
SMILING AGAINST ALL ODDS by MRS BHARATI R MAKHIJA
SOMETHING IS STIRRING UNDER THE BANANA TREES by LLUIS CROUS
TABLE OF DELICACIES by ALDO LAUREL and NANCY DE SANTIAGO
TEENAGERS by PAUL VERHOEVEN
THE HISTORY NOT TOLD by AYOZE O´SHANAHAN
THE HOMECOMING by GAURI WARUDI
THE POWER OF THE POWERLESS by CORY TAYLOR
THE STOLEN CHILD by NIAL O SULLIVAN
THE TENT CITIES OF TENNESSEE by TRE BERNEY and ROBERT LEGG
THROUGH A PORTAL TO THE MIND by ROBERT CALDWELL
TRAS LOS PASOS DEL BANDOLERO by PEDRO JAEN R.
WHEN YOU DIE AS A CAT by ZORAN MASLIC

The selection was made among more than two hundred registered movies. 

 

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