Spanish director AlbertSerra's Honor de Cavalleria tookbest film honors at the 24th annualTurin Film Festival which wrappedSaturday in the Northern Italian city.
Cavalleria was awarded the Euro 20,500 ($26,000) Lancia Prizein the fest's international feature film section dedicated to the discovery ofnew filmmakers. The jury called Serra's film "a moving, elegant, courageousfilmic stand, a stunning cinema debut."
The film is anultra-minimalist take on Cervantes' classic Don Quixote story, focusing on Quixoteand Sancho Panza's journey in La Mancha.
Best director kudos went toTodd Rohal for The Guatamalan Handshake. The jury called Rohal an "extremely talented film maker."
Both films shared the juryprize ex aequo for the "amazing performances of actors Lluis Carbo and LluisSerrat (Honor) and the tour deforce of the entire cast of The Guatemalan Handshake."
An off beat comedy set insmall-town Pennsylvania near 3-mile island Handshake follows the intertwining stories of localeccentrics.
Turin's Doc competitionPersol $12,800 prize was awarded to Eliorama directed by Maicol Casale and Alberto Momo in thebest Italian doc category.
Two special Persol prizes($3,200 each) went to perryfarrellby Giovanna Sonnino and to Un'Altra Storia by a quartet of directors: Marco Battaglia, Gianluca Donati, LauraSchimmenti and Andrea Zulini.
The Spazio Italia Persolprizes of $3,300 and $4,900 in technical services went to the video Suicidiodi un Paraplegico (Suicide of aParaplegic) by Francesco Guttuso.
Ernaldo Data and DanieleSalaris won in the Spazio Turin regional competition for Fuori Fuoco (Out of Focus). The prize awards $5,000 in technical services.
The Kodak Short film awardworth $3,800 in film went to Chronicles of Impeccable Sportsmanship, by Erika Tasini - an Italo-USA production filmed onminiDV.
The $3,300 Cipputi prizewent to Federica Di Giacomo for Il Lato Grottesco della Vita (The Grotesque Side of Life).
The Turin Festival awarded aCipputi honor for lifetime achievement to Catalan director Joaquin Jorda whosework was the focus of one of three director retrospectives.
The other tworetrospectives, arguably the jewel of Turin's cineaste tradition, werededicated to French director Claude Chabrol and American director RobertAldrich.
Director Walter Hill wasrecognized with the "White Cane" critic prize for his made-for-TV western BrokenTrail, presented in the Americanaside bar.