The Germany-Turkey-UK-Kazakhstan co-production is the Turkey-set story of a market trader who sees achance to make his fortune when he ventures across the Balkan border tobuy medicine.
The award was made at Ghent City Hall by the internationaljury presided over by Danish producer Vibeke Windeløv.
The Georges Delerue Prize for the Best Music went to Tolibhon Shahidi for his work on Samira Makhmalbaf's Two-Legged Horse. Ghent has a global reputation for film music.
Sylvie Verheyde picked up the SABAM Prize for the Best Scenario for Stella, while Bent Hamer took the Robert Wise Best Director honours for O'Horten.
The Prix UIP Ghent was given to Danny De Vent's Zwemles.
Special mentions went to Yolande Moreau for her rol in Seraphine, Hadji Gul for his role as Khaled in Kabuli Kid, Karole Rocher for her role in Stella and Genco Erkal for his role as Fazil in The Market.
This Ghent jury was Arne Sierens (author, Belgium), Andreas Dresen(director, Germany), jury president Vibeke Windeløv (producer,Denmark), Simon Ellis (director - winner Prix UIP, GB), CorkyHale-Stoller (Musician, USA) and Philippe Rombi (Composer, France).