Polish master Jerzy Skolimowski's Polish-French co-production Four Nights With Anna, has won the best film award and $8,000 (Euros 6,000) at the 21st Panorama of European Cinema Festival in Athens.

The purse, intended to back the local release of the film, was offered by festival organizer Athens daily, Eleftherotypia.

Skolimowski's film received another $4,000 (Euro 3,000) to cover the striking of a new print and its subtitling in Greek. This award was offered by the Municipality of Athens, which backs the event.

Another co-production, the Norwegian-Danish Mirush directed by Marius Holst received the Audience Award.

Present at the awards ceremony gala were Valeria Golino, star of the closing film, the Italian Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos) by Antonello Grimaldi, and film makers Ken Loach, Alain Cornaud and Theo Angelopoulos.

Theo Angelopoulos and Valeria Golino presented Life Achievement Awards to Ken Loach and Alain Cornaud respectively.