Spanish feature “Yo, tambien” (Me Too) took top prize at the Brussels European Film Festival, which wrapped Wednesday night.
Pic tells the story of Daniel (Pablo Pineda), a college graduate with Down syndrome who falls for a work colleague.
Directors Alvaro Pastor and Antonio Naharro nabbed the Golden Iris and €10,000 ($12,100).
The jury’s decision to honor a debut feature is surprising given that the fest dropped its rule of selecting only first and second films this year.
Newly created White Iris award for best first film went to “Alles stroomt” (Upstream) by Japanese-born Dutch helmer Danyael Sugawara. Little-traveled pic explores the changing relationship of a mother and son when he becomes a squatter before college and she begins a relationship with a riverboat captain.
A separate screenplay jury commended Polish writer-helmer Jacek Borcuch for his coming-of-age drama “All That I Love.”
The audience award, from all the films in the fest program, went to competition feature “L’Uomo che verra” (The Man Who Will Come), Giorgio Diritti’s account of Nazi reprisals in occupied rural Italy.