Director Karen Moncrieff's independent thriller THE DEAD GIRL has scooped the top prize at the Deauville American Film Festival in France.
The movie - which stars Toni Collette - beat 10 other competitors, including Factory Girl by George Ickenlooper, Waitress by Adrienne Shelly, and Christopher Guest's For Your Consideration, to win the Grand Prize at the Normandy film event.
Other stars honoured at the festival for their career achievements include George Clooney and Michael Douglas.
Following these sideline characters, the screenplay circles the girl herself, a prostitute played by Brittany Murphy in a final, haunting segment. This structure eschews typical ensemble payoffs -- only a few of the characters intersect and they sure as hell don't learn valuable lessons from each other -- for its own subtle rewards. These narrative threads, never running over 20 minutes, are as close to short fiction as Blue Car, but the new film also has the unity of a fine, slim story collection.
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In exploring this relationship, and virtually all of the relationships in the film, Moncrieff and her actors don't shy away from awkward, uncomfortable truths. Strathairn does especially well with this material; although there are only a few scenes of him teaching in front of the whole class, he captures the reserved vibe of a talented, unflashy high school English teacher as instantly as a snapshot. The audience's perception of the Auster character is most open to change over the film's 90 minutes, and Strathairn is a rock of believability, refusing to bother with cheap signifiers when Auster's actions become morally ambiguous (it may help if you find, as I do, almost any cast member from Sneakers infinitely watchable by association). Newcomer Agnes Brucker is equally reluctant to indulge in theatrics; armed with Bruckner's unfussy expressiveness, Meg's every decision is understandable.
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Three other people were left injured.
The actor is reportedly in talks for the coveted role.