‘Room,’ ‘Romeo is Bleeding’ win Aspen Filmfest audience awards | AspenTimes.com

‘Room,’ ‘Romeo is Bleeding’ win Aspen Filmfest audience awards

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"Room" won the Best Feature Film audience award at the 2015 Aspen Filmfest.
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“Room” and “Romeo is Bleeding” were audience favorites at Aspen Filmfest, winning the festival’s Best Feature Film and Best Documentary awards, respectively.

Aspen Film announced the winners Thursday, a day after the 37th annual festival wrapped.

“Room,” which screened Sept. 24 and is directed by Lenny Abrahamson, is a suspenseful and emotional adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel about a mother and son held captive in a single room. Starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, the film is scheduled for nationwide release Nov. 6.

“Romeo is Bleeding,” which screened Wednesday, follows poet and teacher Donte Clark on a mission to combat gang violence in Richmond, California, with creativity and an adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet.” As Clark and his high school students delve into the play, real-life and fictional tragedies begin to overlap.

Winners were chosen by audience ballot.

“This year, we are honored to present the awards on behalf of our audience to two films that, while difficult in subject matter, find the real beauty of humanity — even under the most harrowing of circumstances,” Aspen Film Artistic Director Maggie Mackay said.