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Los Angeles Film Festival Awards: 'A Family,' 'Four Lions' & 'Thunder Soul'

Four Lions, Christopher Morris
Presumed Guilty, Presunto culpable
Thunder Soul, Marc Landsman
Christopher Morris' Four Lions (top); Roberto Hernandez and Geoffrey Smith's Presumed Guilty (middle); Marc Landsman's Thunder Soul (bottom)

Christopher Morris' Four Lions, about a group of klutzy terrorists out to ruin the London Marathon, won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival. Four Lions features Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, and Nigel Lindsay, among others.

Roberto Hernandez and Geoffrey Smith's Mexican documentary Presumed Guilty took home the Audience Award for Best International Feature, while the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature went to Marc Landsman's Thunder Soul.

Presumed Guilty takes a trip down Mexico's putrid justice system; Thunder Soul remembers the 1970s high-school band Kashmere Stage Band.

On Saturday, it was announced that Pernille Fisher Christensen's Danish drama En Famille / A Family was the Los Angeles Film Festival Jury's choice for Best Narrative Feature and J. Clay Tweel's Make Believe, about young competing magicians, was the Best Documentary Feature.

Photos: LAFF

Jesper Christensen, A Family
Make Believe, J. Clay Tweet
Jesper Christensen in Pernille Fischer Christensen's A Family (top); J. Clay Tweet's Make Believe (bottom)

Pernille Fischer Christensen's Danish drama En Familie / A Family and J. Clay Tweel's Make Believe were the top winners of Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival 2010 awards.

In Best Narrative Feature A Family, a proud patriarch wants his daughter to take over the family's bakery business; the woman, however, has a job waiting for her in New York.

Best Documentary Feature Make Believe shows six teenagers competing for the title of Teen World Champion at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas.

Other LAFF 2010 winners were Sabrina Lloyd, James Urbaniak, Lynn Cohen, Harry Chase, Nate Smith and Kamel Boutros for their ensemble performance in Adam Reid's Hello Lonesome; Pablo Larcuen's My Invisible Friend for Best Narrative Short Film; Tomasz Wolski's The Lucky One for Best Documentary Short Film; and Beomsik Shimbe Shim's Wonder Hospital for Best Animated Short Film.

The Narrative Feature Competition jury was comprised of director Charles Burnett, screenwriter/producer Larry Karaszewski, and LA Weekly film critic Ella Taylor.

The Documentary Feature Competition jury was comprised of director/actress Karen Moncrieff, director Arthur Dong, and film critic and journalist Robert Abele.

The Shorts Competition jury was comprised of writer/performer Sandra Tsing Loh, actor Andrew Garfield, and director Tommy O'Haver.

Audience award winners will be announced tomorrow afternoon at the Closing Night film, Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin's Despicable Me.

Photos: Los Angeles Film Festival 2010

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