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Roberto Rizzo, Malan Breton and Bonnie Bien at the NYCIFF
Winter Film Premiere Fashion Designer and Filmmaker Malan Breton poses for a photo-op with Actress Elisa Meri at the Premiere of "Winter"
Winter Film Premiere Founder Roberto Rizzo of the NYCIFF and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op on the red carpet at the Premiere of "Winter"
Winter Film Premiere 116 Tommy Flanagan and Heidi Greensmith pose for a photo-op on the red carpet at the Premiere of "Winter"
On Thursday, May 7th, NYCIFF closed it’s 2015 Film Festival with a screening of “Winter” a film by Heidi Greensmith, staring Tommy Flanagan. Greensmith, just completed her first feature”Winter” and is in development for her second feature, a comedy noir “Bloody Mary”. She is married to musician and composer Dominic Greensmith and they have four children.
Mr. Flanagan is the star of the the popular TV series ” Sons of Anarchy” and the movie “Braveheart”. He attended the screening, and accepted the NYCIFF award for best actor.
“Winter” depicts a forty something, foul-mouthed and aggressive, with an unquenchable thirst for booze and fags the character Woods Weston who appears to be a hopeless case. Gradually as the narrative unfolds the story reveals a once successful and charismatic man capable of great sensitivity, an accomplished artist, a loving husband and a committed father.
Actor Tommy Flanagan who portrays “Woods” is consumed by grief and must come to terms with an emotional breakdown in order to save his relationship with his two young sons, 19 year-old Tom (Tom Payne) and 14 year-old Max (Bill Milner), “Winter” is a poignant exploration of love, loss and family bonds. Nineteen year old Tom (Tom Payne) and his younger brother Max 14 years old (Bill Milner) were happy, had everything going for them. A wonderful art gallery, mother and a successful, artist father “Woods” (Tommy Flanagan). This happy family is turned upside down when their mother, Marie is killed in a random act of violence. “Woods” beloved wife has been suddenly taken away and his heart has broken. He spirals into a mental and emotional break down. His daily life becomes a series of drinking binges and psychotic episodes in a bid to forget. He now frequents only the darkest of places. His bright and popular son Tom who, has gained a place at Columbia University due to his exceptional grades and hard work, is now his sole caretaker.
After the red carpet, filmmakers, actors and members of the press enjoyed the screening of “Winter” and the closing night award ceremony.
Congratulations to all Winners of the 2015 NYCIFF Awards:
THE WINNERS ARE
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM: THE SINKING OF SOZOPOL – BULGARIA
BEST USA FEATURE FILM: PHANTOM HALO
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: TOMMY FLANAGAN FOR WINTER – UK
BEST DRAMA FILM: WINTER – UK
BEST INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR: HEIDI GREENSMITH
BEST USA DIRECTOR: ANTONIA BOGDANOVICH
BEST INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE SHORT FILM: IT’S ME – LEBANON
BEST INTERNATIONAL ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: ASSIL AND JAD By BANE FAKIH – LEBANON
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM – USA: FAMILY ON BOARD
BEST DIRECTOR IN A NARRATIVE SHORT: GEORGE POGATSIA – FAMILY ON BOARD
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A SHORT NARRATIVE FILM: GEORGE POGATSIA – FAMILY ON BOARD
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A SHORT FILM: WALLIS MURPHY-MUNN – SANDBOY – USA / IRELAND
BEST USA ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A SHORT FILM: ELISABETH JAMISON – FALLING TO PIECES – USA
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: A JOURNEY TO TAIWAN – USA/TAIWAN by MALAN BRETON
BEST INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED SHORT: MYRIAM OBIN – ÉLOÏSE, LITTLE DREAMER – QUEBEC / CANADA
BEST USA ANIMATED SHORT: YVONNE GRZENKOWICZ – ARCHAEOLOGY – USA
BEST TV PILOT: TOPSY MCGEE – USA
BEST MUSICAL VIDEO: STELLA – UK
For more information about the New York International Film Festival please visit http://www.nyciff.com
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