Jan Hrebejk's Beauty In Trouble was the winner of this year's Krzysztof KieslowskiAward for best feature film at the Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF) whichended on Saturday night with the US premiere of Werner Herzog's RescueDawn.
For the first time this year, Screen International partneredwith SDFF to present the Kieslowski award, a juried award given to a featurefilm which reflects the artistic sensibilities of the late Polish director.
Beauty In Trouble, the Czech Republic submission for thisyear's best foreign language film Academy Award, was selected from a lineupwhich also included 12: 08 East Of Bucharest, The Journals Of Knud Rasmussen and Ten Canoes.
The jury, chaired by Screen's Mike Goodridge, featured filmcritic John Anderson, film-maker Jeremy Podeswa and James M Wall, seniorcontributing editor of The Christian Century and a Kieslowski scholar.
Other awards presented on closing night in Denver includedAaron Nee's The Last Romantic which wonthe Emerging Film-maker Award and AJ Schnack's Kurt Cobain About ASon which won the Maysles Brothers Awardfor best documentary.
Meanwhile, the Starz People's Choice Awards for Best Feature went to Germany's The Lives Of Others, documentary went to Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's The Trials Of Darryl Hunt and short went to two films - Chel White's A Painful Glimpse Into My Writing Process (In Less Than 60 Seconds) and Renuka Jeyapalan's Big Girl.