Greek pic nabs to award at Montreal's oldest film fest

The Louve d’Or, the top prize at the Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema, went to the Greek pic “Dogtooth” from writer-helmer Yorgos Lanthimos. The pic, which also won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival, is a disturbing portrait of a family living on the outskirts of a Greek City. The father keeps his three kids in total isolation from the rest of the world.

The L’Ouve d’Or is for the best first, second or third feature in the International Section at the festival, the event’s highest-profile section, and prize comes with cheque for C$15,000 ($14,500). The jury was headed by Toronto Intl. Film Festival co-director Cameron Bailey.

The 38th edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal’s oldest film fest, wrapped Saturday night with the doling out of awards, followed by the screening of “Happy End”, from helmers Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu, a French romantic drama starring Mathieu Amalric, Catherine Frot and Karin Viard. The fest is the city’s smaller, edgier film festival, a rival to the Montreal World Film Festival.

Chao Gan’s Chinese-German co-pro “The Red Race” was given the Louve d’Or jury’s special mention, while the acting award for best actor in a feature film in the International Section was given to Peruvian actress Magaly Solier for her lead role in the Peruvian pic “The Milk of Sorrow”, a film about the abuse of women in Peru.

The Daniel Langlois Innovation Award was given to helmer Ismail Necmi’s Turkish pic “Should I Really Do It?”. The Grand Prix Focus given to the best feature in the all-Canuck Focus section went to Quebec helmer Simon Galiero’s “Nuages Sur la Ville”, with the jury’s special mention going to Sherry White’s “Crackie”.

The Silver Loup for best short film was given to Maarit Suomi-Vaanaen’s Finnish pic “Jalkeilaa Tass”. Pedro Pires’s “Danse Macabre” won the Grand Prix Focus for best Canadian short film, with the jury special mention going to Emile Proulx-Cloutier’s “La Vie Commence”. The AQCC (Association Quebecoise des Critiques de Cinema) prize for best film in the International Section was won by helmer Claudia Llosa’s “The Milk of Sorrow”, with the jury special mentions going to Fredrik Edfeldt’s “The Girl” and Alexis Dos Santos’s British pic “Unmade Beds.”

The people’s choice award for best film in the Temps 0 section – a sidebar devoted to more experimental pics – was won by helmers Helen Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s French-Belgian co-pro “Amer”.

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