“Act of Killing,” Linklater keep on winning
Two movies with Austin ties continue to rack up awards.
Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary “The Act of Killing,” which is distributed by Drafthouse Films, won best documentary at the 2014 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards. It has already played in Austin and can be found on DVD or Blu-ray.
Richard Linklater wona Silver Bear for Best Director from the Berlin Film Festival for “Boyhood,” his a coming-of-age tale shot over 12 years.
This is the second time in two years an Austnite has won Best Director at BFF. Last year, David Gordon Green won for “Prince Avalanche.” ( Andrew Bujalski, I demand you enter something in 2015 and make it a hat trick.)
While it was consindered a front runner for the top prize, the “Golden Bear,” that honor went to the Chinese film “Bai Ri Yan Huo” (“Black Coal, Thin Ice”). Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel” won the Silver Bear grand jury prize.
Both “Boyhood” and “Grand Budapest Hotel” will screen at South By Southwest.