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Gand awards Tommy Lee Jones’ Burials

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The big winner at the 32nd Flandre-Gand International Film Festival, is the first work by American actor Tommy Lee Jones The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada which follows the Cannes prize with this new award for Best Film.

The Festival, which closed on Saturday with the preview of the film by Flemish filmmaker, Dominique Deruddere, Lune de Guerre [+see also:
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(Bloedbruiloft) also awarded Be with me by Eric Khoo and Wong Kim Hoh from Singapore for Best Screenplay. Best Music went to Stephen Warbeck, for his music for Proof by John Madden.

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The international jury, composed this year of Lissy Belaiche, Brenda Blethyn, Dominique Deruddere, Jose Luis Castiñeira de Dios and Carine Tardieu and presided over by Arthur Lappin gave the Best Director Prize to Chinese Li Yu for Dam Street. And the German Off Beat [+see also:
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(Kammerflimmer) first feature from Hendrik Hölzemann won the Xplore prize.

Specialising in film music, the Gand Festival awarded, too, the prestigious World Music Awards and the big winner was the composer from New York, Angelo Badalamenti, who was awarded a tribute prize for his work on the film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet Un long Dimanche de fiançailles. As for original score this year, it went to John Williams for War of the Worlds while another American was Discovery of the Year, Michael Giacchino, composer of The Incredibles. Finally, Vangélis won the Public Prize for Alexander [+see also:
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by Oliver Stone, a UK – US co-production.

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(Translated from French)

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