Here's who won audience-voted Golden Space Needle Awards at the 44th annual SIFF, which came to a close on Sunday.
After more than 400 films and way too many bags of popcorn, the 44th annual Seattle International Film Festival came to a close on Sunday, with the traditional announcement of the audience-voted Golden Space Needle Awards. “Eighth Grade,” a coming-of-age-in-middle-school charmer from writer/director Bo Burnham, won best film; “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” about the work of children’s television icon Fred Rogers, took best documentary. Gustav Möller took best director, for the Danish police thriller “The Guilty.” Acting awards went to Miguel Ángel Solá (“The Last Suit“) and Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade“). “Emergency” won best short film, and Dana Nachman was awarded the Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision for her documentary, “Pick of the Litter.”
Among SIFF’s juried awards, honors went to “The Reports on Sarah and Saleem” (official competition grand jury prize), “Rust” (Ibero-American competition grand jury prize), “Dead Pigs” (New Directors Competition grand jury prize), “Thunder Road” (New American Cinema competition grand jury prize), and “Inventing Tomorrow” (documentary competition grand jury prize).
A group of SIFF’s full-series passholders (long known as the Fool Serious and numbering nearly 200, some of whom see 100 films or more), voted on their own favorites. They named “The Guilty” as their most-liked film, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” as their most-liked documentary, and “Being There,” the 1979 Peter Sellers drama, their favorite archival film.
If you missed some of these, take heart, you’ll get another chance. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” opens theatrically June 15, “Eighth Grade” on July 20. And “The Guilty,” “The Last Suit,” “Pick of the Litter,” “Thunder Road” and others will be part of the Best of SIFF week at the Uptown, beginning June 15. Details: siff.net
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