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BIAFF 1997 Awards Selection 2

A further selection of award-winners in the 1997 IAC International Film and Video Competition, premiered at movie 97, held April 10-13, 1997, in Great Malvern, Worcestershire.

1. FLOWERS FOR CHARLIE
University of Southern California (USA)
Charlie (Robert Cornthwaite) is an elderly man who travels on a bus regularly at the same time, and, eventually begins to form a kind of relationship with the other 'regulars', including the driver. Based on a true story by Jean M. Hendrickson, this is a genuinely touching story without any sentimentality, beautifully directed by Mark Haller-Wade.
Transfer from 16mm film.
IAC International Award (Open) 1997

Story
12.mins


2. THE LIFT
Chris Armstrong (London)
A young man (Simon Hepworth) goes into a tall building and, not liking lifts, he starts to walk up the stairs. Eventually, he overcomes his fear and gets in the lift which on the way up stops so that Leroy (Stewart Constantine) can get in ...
SOME BAD LANGUAGE
IAC Gold Seal, Best Editing Award 1997

Story
7.mins


3. THE SACRED HOOP
Beatrice Palicka (USA)
Josephine (Sandra Ellis Rafferty) has been widowed for about a year, but hasn't truly come to terms with her loss. One day, she decides that the time has come to 'get a new life', so she enrols at a local gym ...
Transfer from 16mm film.
IAC Gold Seal (Open) 1997

Story
23.mins


4. ROMA AMOR (BELOVED ROME)
Toshi Sakurai (Belgium)
A fascinating montage of images with music and occasional special effects to create a personal comment on Italy's Eternal City, Rome.
IAC Gold Seal 1997

Visual
5.mins


5. ROOFTOP
Omid Nooshin (Surrey)
'Life is a game', says the commentator at the start of this film. And although the story centres around a group of youngsters, there's a lot more to it than that! This is a really tense thriller, where all the elements seem to 'gel' perfectly - the acting, camerawork, lighting, editing, sound, and music (specially composed by David Perkins and Omid Nooshin) - everything, in fact! The director also co-wrote and co-produced. How gratifying to learn that the British Council has taken up this film for world-wide distribution! Widescreen format.
Transfer from 16mm film.
Guernsey Lily, Best Editing Award, Best Fiction 1997; IAC Best Open, Best British Open 1997; UNICA Gold Medal, Special Awards: Youth/Direction 1998

Story
26.mins


Total running time 73 mins.

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