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2007 Best of Fest

The films chosen for Best of the Fest have been culled from audience and critics favorites for Best Film and Best Documentary of the Festival, in addition to Jury picks and Family-friendly favorites.

Monday in person ticketing will only be available at Regal and Camelot box offices.

Tickets are regularly priced at $9.00 for all screenings beginning before 3:00 PM and $10.00 for all screenings starting 3:00 PM or after.

Festival vouchers will be honored. Silver A & B passes are not accepted.

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2007 Award Winners:
Pan's Labyrinth
FIPRESCI Award Winner - Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Agua
New Voices New Visions Special Jury Prize Winner

It’s Winter
New Voices New Visions Grand Jury Prize Winner

The Lives of Others
Audience Choice Award - Best Narrative Feature

Blindsight
Audience Choice Award Best - Documentary Feature


53 Days in Winter   

53 Days in Winter
Spain, 2006, 91 min.
Three people waiting for a bus one winter's night look on as a dog is abandoned. All three set out on journeys that lead each of them to confront their fears and frustrations. 53 Days in Winter delves into the life of each passenger, and interweaves a trio of stories on psychological,... more



After the Wedding   

After the Wedding
Denmark, 2006, 120 min.
When Jacob, (played by Mads Mikkelsen, the arch villain in the recent Bond film Casino Royale) who runs a struggling orphanage in Bombay, returns to Denmark to secure new funds, he discovers that his new benefactor has a secret path that will forever alter his charitable present and... more



Agua   

Agua
Argentina, 2006, 89 min.
Goyo, a former open water swimming champion wrongly accused of doping, is attempting to regain his honor while Chino, a stubborn and disciplined young pool swimmer tries hard to be selected for the national team. Chen is a brilliant child of the Argentinean New Wave.... more



Avenue Montaigne   

Avenue Montaigne
France, 2006, 106 min.
A series of interconnected stories serves as the basis for Danièle Thompson’s breezy, bittersweet and utterly charming Parisian comedy about the lives of the varied characters—rich and poor, famous and unknown—who populate a café on the chic Avenue Montaigne.... more



Awards Buzz Documentary Shorts Program 1   

Awards Buzz Documentary Shorts Program 1
127 min.
Director Ruby Yang’s The Blood of Yingzhou District (39 min.) is a year in the life of AIDS orphans from China’s Anhui Province. In Lori Benson’s Dear Talula (34 min.), a mother is diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after the birth of her daughter. The Diary of Immaculée (38 m... more



Awards Buzz Documentary Shorts Program 2   

Awards Buzz Documentary Shorts Program 2
128 min.
Leslie Iwerks’ Recycled Life (38 min.) illuminates the lives of the families who inhabit the Guatemala City garbage dump. In Rehearsing a Dream (40 min.), director Karen Goodman follows a group of gifted teenage artists who spend a week with well-known mentors. A man struggles with add... more



Beyond the Call   

Beyond the Call
USA, 2006, 82 min.
In an Indiana Jones-meets-Mother Teresa adventure, three middle-aged men, former soldiers and modern-day knights, travel the world delivering lifesaving humanitarian aid directly into the hands of civilians and doctors in some of the most dangerous yet beautiful places on Earth, the front lines of... more



Black Irish   

Black Irish
USA, 2006, 92 min.
This complex, moving coming-of-age story is about Cole McKay, a 16-year-old South Boston kid trying both to survive and to save his disintegrating Irish-Catholic family that is fueled by alcohol and anger. A brilliant ensemble cast illuminates this ultimately uplifting story.... more



Blindsight   

Blindsight
United Kingdom, 2006, 104 min.
This insightful documentary follows a group of blind Tibetan teenagers—outcasts in their culture—as they attempt to hike up the 23,000-foot summit of Lhakpa Ri on the north side of Mount Everest with the aid of a dedicated, mountaineering dream team. Director Lucy Walker captures the monumental land... more



The Cats of Mirikitani   

The Cats of Mirikitani
USA, 2006, 74 min.
When filmmaker Linda Hattendorf turned her lens on Jimmy Mirikitani, a homeless octogenarian Japanese-American artist, she got far more than she anticipated: the collapse of the World Trade Center, a family reunion more than 50 years in the making, and a series of small miracles. Audience Award Winn... more



The Curiosity of Chance   

The Curiosity of Chance
USA, 2006, 98 min.
When new high school sophomore Chance Marquis is bullied for being openly gay, he turns to a drag queen and a high school jock to help him fight adversity in Russell P. Marleau’s John Hughes-styled ’80s comedy. Winner of the Jury Award for Best New Director at Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.... more



The Damned Don’t Cry   

The Damned Don’t Cry
USA, 1950, 103 min.
This fantastic film noir fable, a thinly veiled version of the rags-to-riches story of gangsters’ moll Virginia Hill, is perhaps an even truer depiction of the real Joan Crawford than Mommie Dearest! And a chance to see 1950s Palm Springs! Czar of noir Eddie Muller will host this special arch... more



French California   

French California
France, 2006, 107 min.
Maguy (Nathalie Baye) is an idle rich woman. She lives in a luxurious mansion of the French Riviera among a bunch of odd friends and hired men. A dangerous desire game starts where no one knows the rules, creating a blazing and dangerous story of desire and power.... more



Hula Girls   

Hula Girls
Japan, 2006, 108 min.
When a recession hits, the women of a coalmining town in 1960s Japan come up with an unlikely solution for economic salvation after a plan to build a leisure spa flounders. They form a smash hit hula dancing team that becomes the desired tourist magnet, in this charming ensemble comedy.... more



It's Winter   

It's Winter
Iran, 2006, 85 min.
Set in an impoverished, snow-covered town south of Tehran, it tells the story of a woman whose unemployed husband goes abroad to find work. A striking blend of raw realism and poetic lyricism show the effects of poverty, unemployment, rootlessness, shame and commitment.... more



The Lives of Others   

The Lives of Others
Germany, 2006, 137 min.
In this nail-biting political thriller set just years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, an agent of the East German police finds his ideology turned inside out when he is assigned to incriminate an innocent playwright. This runaway hit swept the German and Bavarian Academy Awards.... more



Mojave Phone Booth   

Mojave Phone Booth
USA, 2006, 88 min.
A legendary lone phone booth stuck in the middle of the Mojave Desert accepts only incoming calls. It becomes the compass for four individuals who are looking for answers in their confusing lives. Steve Guttenberg heads up this splendid ensemble cast of characters.... more



Music Within   

Music Within
USA, 2007, 93 min.
This striking directorial debut and moving true story is about a man who heard his music, and released it to improve the lives of millions of people with disabilities. Ron Livingston (Band of Brothers) enthusiastically portrays Richard Pimentel, a brilliant public speaker who went to Vietnam ... more



Nina's Journey   

Nina's Journey
Sweden, 2006, 120 min.
Based on the true story of the writer-director’s mother, it’s a powerful drama about a young Jewish woman's remarkable odyssey of survival during World War II in Poland. The gripping narrative, poignantly interspersed with testimony from the real Nina, was named Best Film and Best Script at the Swed... more



OSS 117: Nest of Spies   

OSS 117: Nest of Spies
France, 2006, 99 min.
A box-office sensation in France and set in 1955 Egypt, French comic favorite Jean Dujardin stars as secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117—James Bond crossed with Maxwell Smart, Austin Powers and a bit of the The Naked Gun thrown in for good measure. The Audience Award Winn... more



Outsourced   

Outsourced
USA, 2006, 98 min.
A pitch-perfect comedy on a hot-button issue, John Jeffcoat’s feature debut signals a bright new talent in the ranks of American independent filmmakers. Todd (Josh Hamilton) heads up the sales department in a Seattle-based company that sells cheap novelty products. After his entire department is out... more



Pan's Labyrinth   

Pan's Labyrinth
Mexico, 2006, 112 min.
Iconoclast wunderkind Guillermo Del Toro crafts a profound political allegory set during the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and the horrors of the new fascist regime, in which a little girl escapes into a world of magic—populated by pagan demigods and mythological creatures—... more



The Rape of Europa   

The Rape of Europa
USA, 2006, 117 min.
Based on an award-winning study, this powerful documentary— using contemporary interviews and historic footage—tells the history of art during War World II, from the Nazi’s looting and destruction, to the heroes who struggled return these treasures to their rightful owners. Narrated by Joan Allen.... more



The Rocket   

The Rocket
Canada, 2006, 125 min.
The Rocket is the story of Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard, a Montreal hockey legend whose outrage at the lack of protection for himself and his French-speaking teammates sparked a national riot in 1955. Hockey fans will get shivers as they see the recreated matches from the game’s glory years.... more



Sharkwater   

Sharkwater
Canada, 2006, 89 min.
As the ocean’s top predator, sharks play a crucial role in the ocean’s ecosystem, but as much as 90 percent of them have been eradicated by poachers. With luminous imagery, this film offers a passionate plea to protect them.... more



Sounds of Sand   

Sounds of Sand
Belgium, 2006, 96 min.
Set amidst magnificent Djibouti landscapes, Sounds of Sand is a tale of exodus, survival and hope, following the life and death struggle of an African family traversing a hostile desert in search of water. It is also the story of a nomad’s daughter, whose tenacity and strength will conquer he... more



The Tiger's Tail   

The Tiger's Tail
Ireland, 2006, 103 min.
John Boorman has created a triple-whammy black comedy thriller of sex, lies and devilish twists in one of his finest works to date, starring long-time collaborator Brendan Gleeson who gives a captivating and career-defining performance. Liam O’Leary (played by Gleeson) is a wealthy Irish property... more



Twice Upon a Time   

Twice Upon a Time
France, 2006, 92 min.
Alice, an immensely famous London stage actress, and Louis, a cult French film director, are two extraordinary personalities. They were the most strikingly glamorous couple of the ’70s, but haven’t seen each other since their abrupt, incomprehensible separation 30 years ago. This spicy reunion of a ... more



Who Gets To Call It Art?   

Who Gets To Call It Art?
USA, 2006, 80 min.
This fabulously entertaining filmic collage traces the life and times of art lover Henry Geldzahler, the curator/director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art who had a profound effect on the course of mid-century art in this country, and the movement away from abstract expressionism into the wo... more



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