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Tiburon Film Festival Awards 2007 Winners

Tiburon International Film Festival

Marcello MastroianniBetween Mar. 22-30, the 6th annual Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF) screened 250 films from 90 countries.

Among the festival's highlights were a program on Pixar short films, the Spotlight on Tunisian Cinema, and tributes to Marcello Mastroianni (left, with a screening of Annarosa Morri and Mario Canale's Marcello, una vita dolce / Marcello, A Sweet Life) and John Ford (with a screening of Peter Bogdanovich's Directed By John Ford).

Another honoree, Mark Rydell, best known for his Academy Award-nominated family drama On Golden Pond, was on hand to present the West Coast Premiere of his latest film, Even Money, starring Kim Basinger, Forest Whitaker, Danny DeVito, Kelsey Grammer, Nick Cannon, Ray Liotta, Jay Mohr, Cassandra Hepburn, and Tim Roth.

A White Ballad by Stefano Odoardi

The Tiburon festival's Golden Reel winner for best film was Una Ballata bianca / A White Ballad (above), Stefano Odoardi's portrait of an elderly couple whose life together is about to end, while István Szabó was chosen best director for Rokonok / Relatives, a tale of love and political corruption in Hungary.

The best actor was Janne Virtanen for his role as a man accused of manslaughter in the Finnish drama Valkoinen Kaupunki / Frozen City. Céline Bonnier took the best actress award for her ex-con trying to adjust to family life in a small Canadian town in Délivrez-moi / Forgive Me. Earlier this year, Bonnier also won the Prix Jutra (Quebec's Oscar) for best actress.

The Tiburon film festival takes place yearly in Tiburon, just north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.

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