13 MARCH, 2016 | BY JEREMY KAY
Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan won the Knight Competition Grand Jury Prize and Argentine filmmaker Santiago Mitre’s Paulina won the Lexus Ibero-American Feature Film Prize at the 33rd edition of Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival.
The Saturday awards ceremony preceded the US premiere of Andrew Currie’s closing night screening The Steps.
Festival executive director Jaie Laplante presided over the ceremony, which marked the culmination of the festival, which ran from March 4-13 and screened 129 films from 40 countries.
In other top honours, the Knight Documentary Achievement Award went to Queen Of Thursdays (USA) from Jorge Alvarez, Orlando Rojas and Dennis Scholl
The Grand Jury Award Best Performance went to Zhao Tao for Mountains May Depart (China), while Yorgos Lanthimos won the Grand Jury Award Best Director prize for The Lobster (Ireland-Greece).
The Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award went to Lorenzo Vigas for his Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar (Venezuela-Mexico).
“Every year we see the festival grow and look forward to sharing the powerful and stimulating works from around the world with the community,” said Miami Dade College president Eduardo J. Padrón. “Congratulations to all of the winners and to the entire festival team for such an inspiring cultural event.”