Tony Gatlif’s Korkoro won the top competition prize and the audience award at the recently-wrapped Montreal World Film Festival.
The jury’s special grand prix went to Chinese filmmaker Wang Quan’an’s Weaving Girl, which also received the FIPRESCI prize.
The prize for best director went to Japan’s Kichitaro Negishi for Viyon No Tsuma (Villon’s Wife). Acting prizes went to Marie Leuenberger for Will You Marry Us? by Swiss film-maker Micha Lewinsky, and Cyron Melville for Love And Outrage by Denmark’s Morten Giese. The screenplay prize was awarded to Alain Le Henry, writer of French title I’m Glad That My Mother is Alive (Je Suis Heureux Que Ma Mère Soit Vivante), directed by Claude and Nathan Miller.
In the best first fiction feature films selection, the top prize went to Je Te Mangerai (You Will Be Mine) by France’s Sophie Laloy. The second prize went to Iranian film-maker Mohammadreza Vatandoost for When The Lemons Turned Yellow. Third prize went to Ecuadorian title Los Canallas (Riff Raff) by Cristina Franco, Jorge Alejandro Fegan, Diego Coral López and Nataly Valencia.
Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi led the competition jury, which also included Japanese actor-director Eiji Okuda, French director Pascal Thomas and Canadian actor David Lahaye. The best first film jury included US journalist Alissa Simon and Canadian producer Kevin Tierney.