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Grand ‘Nuit’ for Vancouver

Anne Emond honored for her directorial debut

Vancouver — The 30th Vancouver Film Festival wrapped Friday, handing out best Canadian feature honors to Anne Emond for her directorial debut, “Nuit #1,” about sex and 30somethings, before screening closer “The Kid With a Bike” by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Amid the recent controversy over the arrest of several Iranian filmmakers, the People’s Choice Award went to Iranian helmer Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation.”

The film follows a couple that has tochoose between leaving Iran to give their child a better or to stay and take care of a parent suffering from Alzheimer’s.

The most popular nonfiction film award went to Susanne Rostock’s “Sing Your Song,” about Harry Belafonte. The most popular Canadian film award was captured by Ken Scott’s comedy, “Starbuck.”

The NFB most popular Canadian documentary award went to Charles Wilkinson’s “Peace Out” while the audience award for environmental went to Joel Heath’s “People of a Feather.”

The Audience Choice Awards were chosen from the fest’s 375 films in various genres.

The fest also previously announced the $10,000 Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema, which went to Tibetan director Sonthar Gyal for “The Sun-Beaten Path.”

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