At the close of the 25-day Seattle International Film Festival, “Captain Fantastic,” the story of a Northwest family, was named best film.
Audience members at the Seattle International Film Festival have spoken: “Captain Fantastic,” a tale of an unconventional Northwest family starring Viggo Mortensen, was their favorite film this year.
Directed by Matt Ross and filmed partly in the Pacific Northwest, the film was the winner of the audience-voted Golden Space Needle award for best film, awarded Sunday on the festival’s final day. It was also No. 2 in the “Fool Serious” awards, voted on by SIFF’s die-hard full-series passholders, who saw an average of 67 films each during the three-and-a-half-week festival.
The passholders’ top vote on their “most liked” list went to a film that cannot be named, other than “Secret #3.” It screened as part of SIFF’s Secret Festival, a special fest-within-the-fest whose attendees must sign a pledge agreeing to not disclose the titles of the films they will see.
“Gleason,” about former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason’s battle with ALS, won the Golden Space Needle for best documentary. Acting awards went to Rolf Lassgård for the Swedish/Norwegian comedy “A Man Called Ove” and Vicky Hernandez in the Colombian drama “Between Sea and Land.” Javier Ruiz Caldera was named best director for the Spanish spy spoof “Spy Time,” and the award for best short film went to “Alive & Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South Africa.”
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The passholders also gave the best-actress nod to Hernandez, naming her “Between Sea and Land” co-star Manolo Cruz as best actor. They named Anne Fontaine (“The Innocents”) as best director, and “Tower” as top documentary. “Spy Time” earned their distinction of best guilty pleasure.
In SIFF’s 2016 competition awards, voted upon by appointed juries, “Girl Asleep,” from Australia, won the Official Competition; a new award this year. Also new this year: the Ibero-American Competition, won by the Chilean film “You’ll Never Be Alone.” Juries also gave the New Directors Competition award to Elite Zexer for “Sand Storm,” the New American Cinema Competition award to “Middle Man,” and the Documentary Competition award to “Death by a Thousand Cuts.”
The festival, in its 42nd year, included 421 films from 85 countries, screening at more than a dozen different venues in and around Seattle.
Beginning June 17, a “Best of SIFF” selection of films from the festival will screen at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown. “Captain Fantastic” is currently scheduled to open locally on July 15.
For more information on the festival and the 2016 awards, see siff.net.