Edmonton-made Puppy Love wins twice at Oldenburg Film Festival

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Edmonton feature film Puppy Love has taken two major prizes at the 27th Oldenburg Film Festival in northwest Germany — one of the rare film fests which pressed ahead during the global pandemic and featured in-person events via its innovative Living Room Galas, where audiences were tested for COVID-19 beforehand.

Puppy Love was filmed in Edmonton in 2017, directed by local filmmaker Michael Maxxis, who has also shot videos including Elle King’s Ex’s & Oh’s and Orville Peck’s Dead of Night.

At the socially distanced awards ceremony, opening-night film Puppy Love won the German Independence Award — Spirit of Cinema, while female lead Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire) took the Seymour Cassel Award for best acting along with Argentine actor Daniel Aráoz, who played a serial killer in The Longest Night. In Puppy Love, de la Huerta plays a drug-addicted prostitute, with Hopper Penn in the role of a simple-minded short order cook in love with her — some of his scenes filmed at Albert’s on 124 Street and many other recognizable locations around the city.

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