LA Film Fest Award Winners Include ‘Man From Reno,’ ‘Young Kieslowski,’ ‘Stray Dog’ and ‘Meet the Patels’

Winners include crime mystery in both English and Japanese, and the documentary debut from “Winter's Bone” director Debra Granik

The multicultural mystery drama “Man From Reno,” a knotty thriller filmed in San Francisco in a mixture of English and Japanese, has been named the favorite narrative film of the jury at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival. The romantic comedy “The Young Kieslowski” won the audience competition in the narrative category.

Among documentaries, the jury opted for “Stray Dog,” a character study that is the debut documentary from “Winter's Bone” director Debra Granik. The audience opted for the “Meet the Patels,” which follows an India-born, L.A.-based actor when he allows his parents to help him choose an ideal Indian bride.

The jury also voted an award to the cast of “Recommended by Enrique” for “freshness and whacked-out spontaneity,” while the top prize in the new LA Muse section went to Damian John Harper's “Los Angeles.”

The awards were announced on Thursday afternoon at L.A. Live, shortly before the LAFF's closing-night screening of Clint Eastwood‘s “Jersey Boys.”