Spanish director AlbertSerra's Honor de Cavalleria took bestfilm honors at the 24th edition of the Turin Film Festival which wrappedSaturday in the Northern Italian town.
Cavalleria was awarded the $26,000(Euros 20,500) Lancia Prize in the fest's international feature film sectiondedicated to the discovery of new filmmakers. The jury called Serra's film'a moving, elegant, courageous filmic stand, a stunning cinema debut."
The film is an ultra-minimalisttake on Cervante's classic Don Quixote story, focusing on Quixote and SanchoPanza's journey in
Best director kudos went toTodd Rohal for The Guatamalan Handshake.
The jury called Rohal an "extremelytalented film-maker.'
Both films shared the juryprize for the "amazing performances of actors Lluis Carbo and Lluis Serrat (Honor) and the tour de force of theentire cast of The Guatemalan Handshake.'
An offbeat comedy set insmall-town
Two special Persol prizes ($3,200each) went to perryfarrell byGiovanna Sonnino and to Un'Altra Storia bya quartet of directors: Marco Battaglia, Gianluca Donati, Laura Schimmenti andAndrea Zulini.
The Spazio Italia Persolprizes of $3,300 and $4,900 in technical services went to the video Suicide of a Paraplegic (Suicidio di un Paraplegico) by Francesco Guttuso.
Ernaldo Data and DanieleSalaris won in the Spazio Turin regional competition for Out Of Focus (Fuori Fuoco). The prize awards $5,000 in technicalservices.
The Kodak Short film awardworth $3,800 in film went to Chroniclesof Impeccable Sportsmanship, by Erika Tasini - an Italian-US productionfilmed on miniDV.
The USD $3,300 Cipputi prizewent to Federica Di Giacomo for TheGrotesque Side of Life(Il Lato Grottesco della Vita).
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
Director Walter Hill wasrecognised with the 'White Cane' critic prize for his western Broken Trail, presented in the