WOMEN DIRECTORS SHINE IN 2003!

Nominations for the 10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards were announced today. Check out the current awards page to see which films received Chlotrudis honors. The anxious chatter among Chlotrudis members is about the lack of just one outstanding film in 2003. Consequently nominations were spread among a wider selection of films.

Sofia Coppola�s Lost in Translation and Thomas McCarthy�s The Station Agent earned the most honors, with six nominations each. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini�s innovative American Splendor appears in five categories.

Other multiple nominees are Danny Boyle�s 28 Days Later�, David Gordon Green�s All the Real Girls, and Lukas Moodysson�s Lilja 4-Ever each with four nods. Lynne Ramsay�s Morvern Callar and Wiebke von Carolsfeld�s Marion Bridge each scored three nominations. Of the 43 films nominated, 18 different countries are represented in 10 different languages.

The 2004 Buried Treasure Award highlights a diverse selection of films. Last year the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film created the Buried Treasure award to spotlight on films overlooked even by independent film fans. Two Canadian films have been selected: Wiebke von Carolsfeld�s Marion Bridge which also appears in the Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cast categories, and Guy Maddin�s Dracula: Pages from a Virgin�s Diary, a remarkable adaptation of Bram Stoker�s classic tale danced by the Winnipeg Ballet Company.

Two U.S. films also nominated in the Buried Treasure category are Bob Odenkirk�s Melvin Goes to Dinner, and Jennifer Dworkin�s documentary, Love & Diane. Rounding out the Buried Treasure category is Ten, by Abbas Kiarostami, one of Iran�s most well-known directors. Buried Treasure films must have made less than $250,000 domestic box office, and are films that the Chlotrudis Society insists deserve another look. This category furthers Chlotrudis Awards� mission to building audiences for independent film.

2003 was an outstanding year for women directors. Four of the seven nods acknowledge outstanding direction by women. While Sofia Coppola is winning raves from critics nationwide, Chlotrudis also recognizes the astounding work of Scotland�s Lynne Ramsay and her challenging Morvern Callar and past Chlotrudis nominee Claire Denis, whose Friday Night is a gorgeous ode to Paris. Also in the Best Director category is Shari Springer Berman, half of the team that combined documentary, animation and narrative to tell the story of Harvey Pekar in American Splendor.

Excitement is building as preparations are underway for the tenth anniversary Chlotrudis Awards ceremony, which promises to be bigger and better than ever. Chlotrudis Awards serves as a well-heeled tradition to area-indie film buffs in the know. This year�s Chlotrudis Awards ceremony will take place at the Brattle Theatre, Cambridge MA on Sunday, March 28, 5:00 p.m. Negotiations are currently underway for guest speakers, and tickets will soon be on sale through the website.

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