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Kore-eda ‘Walking’ away with award

Drama wins Golden Astor at Mar del Plata

BUENOS AIRES — Hirokazu Kore-eda’s family drama “Still Walking” won the Golden Astor at the 23rd Mar del Plata Film Festival, which closed Sunday in the Argentinean coastal city.

The jury awarded a special prize to “Involuntary” by Swedish director Ruben Ostlund in the international competition at the only FIAPF class “A” event in Latin America.

“Tokyo Sonata,” which won Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes this year, went away with director for Japan’s Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

Isabelle Huppert took actress for her performance in “Home,” an urban sprawl drama directed by Switzerland’s Ursula Meier. “Fear Me Not,” a family drama by Denmark’s Kristian Levring, won actor for Ulrich Thomsen and screenplay for Levring and Anders Thomas Jensen.

In the Latin American competition, Mexican Amat Escalante’s “Los bastardos” (The Bastards) won film, a prize of 80,000 pesos ($23,790) in cash, with helmer and producer splitting half of it and the remainder going to cover release costs in Argentina.

A special mention went to “Regreso a Fortin Olmos” (Back to Fortin Olmos), directed by Argentine helmers Patricio Coll and Jorge Goldenberg.

In the Argentina competition, Jorge Leandro Colas’ “Parador Retiro” (Retiro Shelter) and Kris Niklison’s “Dilatante” (Dilettante) shared the top award.

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