Roy Andersson's Songs From The Second Floor has been awarded the French critics' prize Le Prix Tres Special.

Established by French critics Jean-Claude Romer and Gerard Lenne in 1985 in opposition to the "political correctness which dominates the juries at most international events", the prize is usually awarded to unusual, off-the-wall features. Previous recipients include Michael Haneke's Funny Games and Todd Solondz' Happiness.

Songs From The Second Floor, which marks Andersson's return to the big screen after a 25 year break, was joint winner of the Special Jury Prize at this year's Cannes film festival along with Samira Makhmalbaf's Blackboards.