Nagai Sanpo (A Long Walk) by Eiji Okuda of Japan and O Maior AmorDo Mundo (The Greatest Love Of All) from Brazil's Carlos Diegues shared the top prize GrandPrix of the Americas at 30th Montreal World Film Festival which wrappedover the weekend.
The jury, whichincluded US actress Kathy Bates, Canadian director Marc-Andre Forcier andFrench screenwriter Guillaume Laurant, awarded a Special Grand Prix to SnowIn The Wind from YangYazhou of China, which also won the Best Actress prize for Ni Ping. For itspart, Nagai Sanpoalso won the FIPRESCI Prize and and Ecumenical Prize.
Norway's HansPeter Moland got the nod for Best Director for his Gymnaslaerer Pedersen (Comrade Pedersen) while Best Actor went to Filip Peetersfor the film Del Hel Van Tanger (Hell In Tangier). Screenplay kudos went to Edin Hadzimahovic for Germany-Sloveniaproduction Warchild.Guy Dufaux was awarded a prize for Best Artistic contribution to The ChineseBotanist's Daughters, aFrance-Canada coproduction which also won the audience prize.
The InnovationPrize went to Cesar Rodriguez of Puerto Rico for Ruido.
The MWFF alsoawards its Zenith prizes for first fiction film. Gold went To Mas Que A NadaEn El Mundo (MoreThan Anything In The World)by Andres Leon Becker et Javier Solar of Mexico; silver went to Ecuador's TaniaHermida for Que Tant Lejos' (How Much Further'); and bronze went Eygpt's Marwan Hamed for Omaret Yacoubian (The Yacoubian Building).
FranciscoLombardi's Peru-Spain coproduction Mariposa Negra (Black Butterfly) won the Glauber Rocha Award for theBest Latin American Film while France's Jean-Luc Raynaud won the BestDocumentary prize for L'art De Vieillir (The Art Of Aging).