Argentinian directorLisandro Alonso walked away with the Turin Film Festival's Euros 20,500 topprize for his drama Los Muertos.

The powerful film, whichwas written, directed and edited by Alonso, tells the story of a man who hasjust been released from prison after serving a lengthy sentence, and undertakesa long voyage across the forest to find his adult daughter.

The festival's special juryprize was awarded to Nami Iguchi's Japanese picture, Inu Neko (The CatLeaves Home), about a woman whose boyfriend suddenly leaves her without aword of explanation.

Meanwhile, AbdellatifKechiche won the best director prize for his French title L'Esquive,about a group of young people in a Parisiansuburb who are preparing an end-of-the-year school play.

The festival, which isdedicated to emerging and cutting-edge filmmaking, awarded its best Italiandocumentary prize to Carlos Casas and Saodat Ismailova's Aral - Fishing InAn Invisible Sea, about the daily hardship faced by the last threegenerations of fisherman in the Aral.

The jury also awarded aspecial jury prize to Giuseppe Gaudino and Isabella Sandri's documentary Maquilas,about the 400 factories that have been built with foreign capital in Mexico'sborder town, Ciudad Juarez.