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Eastern Promises wins People’s Choice

Posted on September 18th, 2007


The Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) is awarded to Rodrigo Pla’s LA ZONA. This prize is annually bestowed upon a feature film directed by an emerging filmmaker, and making its world premiere at the Festival. The Festival welcomed an international FIPRESCI jury for the 16th consecutive year. The 2007 jury consists of jury president Gregory Valens (France), Pamela Bi�nzobas (Chile), Scott Foundas (USA), and Katherine Monk (Canada).


The Cadillac People’s Choice Award is voted on by Festival audiences. This year�s award goes to David Cronenberg’s EASTERN PROMISES. Cronenberg reunites with his A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE leading man Viggo Mortensen for a new thriller. EASTERN PROMISES follows the mysterious and ruthless Nikolai (Mortensen), a Russian gangster tied to one of London�s most notorious organized crime families. His carefully maintained existence is shaken when he crosses paths with Anna (Naomi Watts), an innocent midwife who accidentally uncovers potential evidence against the family. First runner-up is Jason Reitman’s JUNO and the second runner up is Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro’s BODY OF WAR. The award offers a $15,000 cash prize and custom award, sponsored by Cadillac. The Cadillac People’s Choice award was presented by Norm Sawula, Cadillac Marketing Manager.

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