Monsieur Lazhar wins audience award.

Copenhagen’s CPH PIX has awarded its New Talent Grand PIX to Brazilian first-time director Kleber Mendonça Filho for Neighbouring Sounds. He wins €30,000 towards his next film.

The audience award went to Canadian Oscar nominee Monsieur Lazhar by Philippe Falardeu, who also won CPH PIX’s audience award in 2009 for his It’s Not Me, I Swear.

Filho had been with nine other first-time directors in the festival’s main competition for promising talents.

The jury — Mia Hansen-Løve from France, Matthias Glasner from Germany and Anurag Kashyap from India — praised the formal qualities of Neighbouring Sounds, but they also commended the personal insight into contemporary Brazil and the nuanced depiction of the small town of Recife, where the director lives. The festival noted: “Even though the story is simple and often funny, the jury feels that the movie has a strong feeling of authenticity and honesty.” The plot follows a private security guard on a single street, where he acts as both good cop and bad cop for the paranoid residents.