The tragicomedy set in the steppes of Kazakhstan had its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard in Cannes and was now shown for the first time in the German speaking area.
The International Jury under president Peter Fonda gave its Golden Eye award for best debut feature to Arash T. Riahi's refugee drama For A Moment, Freedom (Ein Augenblick, Freiheit) and another prize to Belgian director Christophe van Rompaey for his tragicomedy Moscow, Belgium.
The three-person documentary film jury led by Swiss film-maker Christian Frei gave their Golden Eye for the best documentary to Juraj Lehotsky's Blind Loves, about four blind people and their experience with love, which is Slovakia's entry for next year's Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category.
The festival-goers voted to give this year's Audience Award to Bulgarian director Stephan Komanderev's The World Is Big And Salvation Lurks Around The Corner.
Claire Denis' 35 Rhums was the winner of the CICAE's Art Cinema Award which was presented for the first time at the Filmfest Hamburg running parallel with the festival in Zurich.
This award includes a cash prize of $7,200 (Euros 5,000) towards the promotional measures by the film's German distributor Real Fiction.
Other prizes presented in Hamburg included the Montblanc Script Award to Bosnian director Srdjan Vuletic for his screenplay to It's Hard To Be Nice, the Hamburg Film Critic Award for Frozen River by Courtney Hunt, the 'Die Elfe' Young Talents Award to Jean-Stephane Sauvaire for Johnny Mad Dog, the Children's and Youth Jury's Michel award for directing to Cathy Randall for Hey Hey, It's Esther Blueburger, and the Audience Award for Dany Boon's Welcome To The Sticks.