Chlotrudis picks the Best of the Fest at the Provincetown International Film Festival
Inspired by the HBO-sponsored Audience Awards selected by attendees at the Provincetown International Film Festival, Chlotrudis polled the members who attended the Fest to make their own picks for the best doc and best narrative feature, with decidedly different results. The PIFF Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature went to HAUTE CUISINE, a film that underwhelmed the only Chlotrudis member who saw it, and the Audience Award for Best Documentary went to TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, an entertaining film that failed to get top marks from the Chlotrudis members who checked it out.
For Best Documentary at PIFF, Chlotrudis picked GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA, a fascinating and wholly entertaining tribute to the iconic Vidal, diving into his years on the page, the screen and the scene. Close behind was the fascinating doc, CASTING BY. illuminating the vital work of casting directors, most notably that of Marion Dougherty the iconoclastic casting pioneer.
Nat Faxon's THE WAY WAY BACK (pictured left), starring Steve Carrell and Toni Collette, was the narrative crowd-pleaser among Chlotrudis members, but the competition was stiff. Just missing the cut were Thomas Vinterberg's tense drama, THE HUNT, James Ponsoldt's THE SPECTACULAR NOW, Xavier Dolan's LAURENCE ANYWAYS (which was co-presented by Chlotrudis), and WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW, and whimisical romantic comedy from China directed by Arvin Chen.
All totaled, Chlotrudis members saw 35 of the films playing at PIFF. The Society also held its 2nd annual house party where filmmakers, scholoars, PIFF staff and friends of Chlotrudis gathered to celebrate the festival. Chlotrudis would like to send a special shout-out and thank you to this year's Cat's Meow winner, Gabrielle Hanna, who closed out a stellar career as Executive Director of the Festival this year.