‘Mother’ wins Films by the Sea fest

Dutch fest attracts record 39,400 spectators

LONDON — Finnish helmer Klaus Haro’s “Mother of Mine” has clinched the top prize, the Film and Literature Award, at the Dutch Film by the Sea fest.

Pic is a big screen adaptation of Finnish writer Heikki Heitamies’ eponymous novel inspired by the evacuation of some 70,000 Finnish children to Sweden during WWII.

Fest’s Public Prize went to Suzanne Bier’s “The Wedding Party.

The 8th edition of the fest, which unspooled Sept. 15-24 in the beach resort of Vlissingen in the southwest of the Netherlands, attracted a record 39,400 spectators this year, 6% more than in 2005.

Next edition will unspool Sept. 14-23 2007.

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