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‘The Assassin’ Tops Palm Springs Film Festival Jury Awards

Belgium’s ”Death By Death“ also takes New Voices/New Vision award

Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “The Assassin” and “Rams” actors Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson are among jury award winners of the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

The festival was held from Jan. 1-11, and screened 180 films from 60 countries. “Assassin,” which follows a beautiful and deadly woman on a mission in 9th century China, came out on top alongside India’s “Umrika,” which won the HP Bridging the Borders Awards.

The men of “Rams,” about estranged brothers on a sheep farm, were recognized by the jury “for the graceful way in which they guided their characters from animosity to interdependence.”

Best Actress went to Alena Mihulová for her portrait of a frazzled nurse in “Home Care.” Audience awards for best feature and documentary, presented by Mercedes Benz, will be named on Sunday.

Read the full list of winners:

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
The Assassin (Taiwan), directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

FIPRESCI Prize for the Best Actor of the Year in a Foreign Language Film
Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíussonfrom Rams (Iceland)

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign Language Film
Alena Mihulová from Home Care (Czech Republic)

New Voices/New Visions Award
Winner: Death By Death (Belgium/France), directed by Xavier Seron
Special Mention: Thithi (India/US), directed by Raam Reddy

The John Schlesinger Award
The Birth of Saké (Japan), directed by Erik Shirai

HP Bridging the Borders Award
Umrika (India), directed by Prashant Nair