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‘Tulpan’ is tops at Montreal festival

Dvortsevoy's debut wins Louve D'Or

MONTREAL — Sergey Dvortsevoy’s debut feature, “Tulpan,” the tale of a young man seeking a wife in rural Kazakhstan, won the Louve D’Or for feature film at the 37th annual Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema, the city’s edgier film fest (as opposed to the more mainstream Montreal World Film Festival in August). The fest awards were doled out Saturday night.

The Jury’s Special Mention went to Aida Begic Zubcevic’s “Snow,” set in a Bosnian village two years after the end of the civil war. The Louve d’Or Acting Award went to Michael Fassbinder for his portrayal of the late IRA prisoner on hunger strike Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen’s “Hunger.”

The Daniel Langlois Innovation Award was given to Ari Folman’s “Waltz With Bashir,” an Israeli/German/French animated docu about the massacre in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982. The Cinematheque Quebecois Grand Prize in the homegrown Focus section was handed to Luc Bourdon’s National Film Board of Canada docu “La Memoire des Anges,” a history of Montreal using 120 excerpts from previous NFB films. The Focus section’s Jury Special Mention went to Canuck helmer Brett Gaylor’s “RIP: Remix Manifesto,” a docu about music and copyright issues.

Montreal filmmaker Adrien Wills’ doc “All Together Now,” about the Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles-themed show “Love,” won the Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award. The Loup Argente NFB short film award went to Afonso Nune’s Brazilian pic “Sentinella,” with special jury mentions going to Felix Dufour-Lapierre’s “Rosa Rosa” and Maja Borg’s “Ottica Zero.” The International Film Guide Award for short in the Focus section was won by Guy Edoin’s “La Battue,” with special mentions to Dan Gerson’s “Welcome” and Iriz Paabo’s “Ha’aki.” The Z Tele Grand Prize chosen by the public was given to the U.S. pic “Sita Sings the Blues” from helmer Nina Paley.

Next year’s Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema will take place Oct. 14-25.

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