‘The Two Popes’ Is a Favorite at Hamptons International Film Festival

Fernando Meirelles took the Hamptons by storm with his new film, “The Two Popes,” which won the festival’s coveted Audience Award. The drama about a tumultuous time in the church’s recent history earned a standing ovation when it screened Saturday night in the historic Guild Hall, and was accompanied by a surprise Q&A from lead actor Jonathan Pryce.

On the documentary front, Ric Burns won the Audience Award for Documentary Feature with his film, “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life,” which featured incredible end-of-life interviews with the infamous Dr. Oliver Sacks.

Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari also leave the Hamptons with the Audience Award for Best Short Film with, “Fire in Paradise,” which recounts the story of the terrible wildfires a year ago in Paradise, California.

David Nugent, HamptonsFilm Artist Director said:

We are thrilled to announce this year’s audience award winners. Filmgoers were captivated by the dynamic performances and historic moments in religious history of THE TWO POPES, the exploration of extraordinary neurologist and storyteller Oliver Sacks in OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE, and the gripping recount of the terrifying wildfires in Butte County, California in FIRE IN PARADISE. We are proud to have screened all the films in this year’s program for our audiences out East and share such a strong slate of cinema.”

The Closing Night selection at HIFF was “Waves,” from Trey Edward Schults. That film received the inaugural Zicherman Family Foundation Screenwriting Award. It is a $10,000 prize presented to “an early-career screenwriter who has demonstrated singular vision and dedication to their craft.”

The jury award winners were announced yesterday at an awards celebration, and can be found here.

Here is the complete list:

The HIFF Audience Award Winner for Narrative Feature
THE TWO POPES, directed by Fernando Meirelles

The HIFF Audience Award Winner for Documentary Feature
OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE, directed by Ric Burns

The HIFF Audience Award Winner for Short
FIRE IN PARADISE, directed by Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari

Zicherman Family Foundation Screenwriting Award
Trey Edward Shults, writer and director of WAVES

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature sponsored by Warby Parker
A WHITE, WHITE DAY, directed by Hlynur Pálmason

HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature sponsored by Investigation Discovery
OVERSEAS, directed by Sung-a Yoon

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Short Film
JUST ME AND YOU, directed by Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Film
GHOSTS OF SUGAR LAND, directed by Bassam Tariq

Special Cinematography Award
Miguel Ioann Litten Menz for THE VAST OF NIGHT

Breakthrough Achievement in Filmmaking Award
THE BEST OF DORIEN B., directed by Anke Blondé

Special Jury Mentions for Acting Performances
Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir for IN A WHITE, WHITE DAY
Mama Sane in ATLANTICS
Corinna Harfouch in LARA
Kim Snauwaert in THE BEST OF DORIEN B.
Sierra McCormick in THE VAST OF NIGHT

Special Jury Prize for Artistic Vision
CUNNINGHAM, directed by Alla Kovgan

Special Jury Prize for Indomitable Spirit of Storytelling
TALKING ABOUT TREES, directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari

Special Jury Prize for Originality
ALL CATS ARE GREY IN THE DARK, directed by Lasse Linder

Special Jury Prize for Creative Filmmaking
THE NIGHTCRAWLERS, directed by Alexander A. Mora

The 2019 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award to Films of Conflict and Resolution
FOR SAMA, directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts

Suffolk County Next Exposure Grant
THE ARTIST’S WIFE, directed by Tom Dolby

The Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” Award
WATSON, directed by Lesley Chilcott

Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice
CONSCIENCE POINT, directed by Treva Wurmfeld

University Short Film Awards sponsored by Bloomingdales
BIRCH, directed by Paisley Valentine Walsh
THE BOXERS OF BRULE, directed by Jessie Adler
FINE, directed by Maya Yadlin
PERFECT MOMENT, directed by Matthew Noydens
THE UNITED STATES OF PARANOIA OR: HOW I STAYED ON THE LINE TO REPAIR MY AIR CONDITIONER, directed by Rashan Castro

Lifetime Achievement Award
Brian De Palma

The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award
Toni Ross

2019 Breakthrough Artists
Aldis Hodge, Camila Morrone, Lulu Wang

 

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