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‘Submarine’ and ‘Butt-Naked General’ are the big winners at BIFF 2011

An offbeat British coming of age film and a documentary about a warlord-turned-Evangelist have been named the winners of the 2011 Bermuda International Film Festival (BIFF).

‘Submarine

', written and directed by Richard Ayoade and based on a novel by John Dunthorne, earned the award for Best Narrative Feature, while the documentary ‘The Redemption of General Butt Naked' was honoured as the best competition documentary.

Also honoured was ‘Lost,' a short film directed by Albertto Dorado, which won the Bermuda Shorts Award.

BIFF juror and screenwriter for films including ‘48 Hours', Larry Gross praised ‘Submarine' for its cast and humour, calling it a “masterful debut film.”

“‘Submarine' achieves the difficult feat of making the familiar story of adolescent sexual and emotional coming-of-age feel fresh and new and reminds us that laugh-out-loud entertaining movies can also be intelligent and heartfelt,” Mr Gross said.

‘The Redemption of General Butt Naked,' a documentary about a brutal Liberian warlord, famed for entering battle with nothing but an AK-47 and a pair of shoes, who reinvents himself as a Christian Evangelist, was hailed by BIFF juror Duncan Hall as a film that sticks with the audience.

Mr Hall said: “Whether you believe that a former rebel warlord turned Evangelist who is responsible for 20,000 deaths and many more ruined lives is capable or deserving of redemption, or indeed is sincere in his desire to apologise for the pain he has caused, this film again proves that reality is stranger than fiction.”

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Published March 30, 2011 at 9:31 am (Updated March 30, 2011 at 9:31 am)

‘Submarine’ and ‘Butt-Naked General’ are the big winners at BIFF 2011

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