'Canoes' cops top prize
Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr’s “Ten Canoes,” the first Australian feature in an Aboriginal language, won the Grand Prize at the music-themed Flanders Festival on Saturday.
Pic, which clinched the Special Jury Prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard earlier this year, received $25,000 to promote its release in Flanders and Brussels.
Tony Gatlif and Delphine Mantoulet drew the George Delerue Music Prize for the score to the former’s “Transylvania.” Script prize went to Austrian Michael Glawogger and Barbara Albert for “Slumming,” about two decadent pranksters.
The 33rd edition of the Flanders fest, running Oct. 11-21 in the Belgian university town of Ghent, attracted some 110,000 spectators, 6,000 more than last year. Guests included Tom Tykwer, Darren Aronofsky and Paul Verhoeven.
Musical highlights included a concert by Brit composer Craig Armstrong of music he wrote for films including “Moulin Rouge,” “Love Actually,” “Cruel Intentions” and “The Quiet American.”