After three weeks, the 39th Seattle International Film Festival is winding down this weekend, and many Hollywood names will be going home satisfied. Among the awards given out this weekend was the Grand Jury Prize for best new American cinema, presented to Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s C.O.G., an adaptation of an essay written by David Sedaris.
C.O.G., which is an acronym for ‘Child of God’, follows a young Yale graduate who leaves for an Oregon apple farm yearning for a change in his life. While the movie seems to have had a positive response at the Seattle Film Festival, other critics, such as Tim Wu of slate.com, claimed that the movie was “funny and enjoyable… though it falls something short of terrific”. C.O.G. premiered at Sundance earlier this year.
Other SIFF awardees include Our Nixon, directed by Penny Lane, which won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary, and Harmony Lessons director Emir Baigazin, which won the Grand Jury Prize for best new director.
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