Montreal 2011

By Philip Lee on August 31, 2011
The Ecumenical Jury at the 2011 World Film Festival Montreal awarded its Prize to Davi (still, right), directed by Joel Fendelman (USA). The citation read, "David, a Muslim child living in Brooklyn, New York, finds himself in a Jewish School. Through the story, we are transported with finesse and sensitivity to the heart of a social problem: the coexistence between religious and cultural communities."
Hasta la Vista, directed by Geoffrey Enthoven (Belgium), described by the Montreal Gazette as "not your average coming-of-age comedy", received a Commendation. The film also won the Grand Prix des Amériques and the Public Award for most popular film. The Jury notes, "Three young friends, each with a different disability, organize a dream trip. Through daily difficulties and sometimes comical happenings, the director offers a new perspective on the challenges and limitations of their situations and of the open-mindedness of their families and immediate circle."

August 31, 2011
Categories:  Cinema|Awards

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