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Radical Islam Movie Tops Tiburon Film Festival Awards

Atil Inac's Turkish drama A Step into the Darkness topped the Tiburon International Film Festival's Golden Reel Awards, announced on March 26 in the Northern California town of Tiburon.

Initially set in Northern Iraq, A Step into the Darkness follows a young Turkmen woman (Suzan Genç), the only survivor of an American raid that left all her fellow villagers dead, as she attempts to reach her ailing brother in Turkey. Once in Istanbul, instead of finding her sibling, the young woman becomes enmeshed with a radical Islamic group.

Tiburon's Best Director was Ryszard Bugajski for the post-World War II Polish drama General Nil, which also earned Olgierd Lukaszewicz the Best Actor trophy for his performance in the title role.

The Best Actress winner was Leonor Manso for the Argentinean drama Luisa, about a lonely woman who is forced by circumstances to open up to the world.

The Tiburon Film Festival was held March 18-26.

Best Film: A Step into the Darkness by Atil Inac [Turkey]

Best Director: Ryszard Bugajski for General Nil [Poland]

Best Actor: Olgierd Lukaszewicz for General Nil [Poland]

Best Actress: Leonor Manso for Luisa [Argentina]

Best Documentary: Petition by Zhao Liang [China]

Best Cinematography: The Red Baron by Klaus Merkel [Czech Republic]

Humanitarian Award: Under Rich Earth by Malcolm Rogge [Ecuador/US]

Best Musical: Hipsters by Valery Todorovsky [Russia]

Best Short: Ana's Playground by Eric D. Howell [US]

Best Music Video: "City of Noise" by Mitch Barany [Canada]

Best Dance Short Film: Waterfront Access? by Floanne Ankah [US]

Best Animation: The Magistical by Rebecca Jones [US]

Best Short Animation: The Offering by Michael Zachary Huber [US] & Solitude by Mehrdad Sheikhan [Iran]

Best Sport Film: Bicycle Dreams by Stephen Auerbach [US]

Federico Fellini Award: Elchin Musaoglu for The 40th Door [Azerbaijan]

Orson Welles Award: Craig Johnson for True Adolescents [US]

Best Experimental Film: Next Floor by Denis Villeneuve [Canada]

Best Student Film: Diploma by Yaelle Kayam [Israel]

Best Comedy: The Wish Tree by Liina Paakspuu [Estonia]

Best Children's Film: Tahaan by Santosh Sivan [India]


         
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