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‘Apartment’ cleans up at Sydney Fest

'Amandla,' 'Wildness' also tame top awards

SYDNEY — “The Spanish Apartment,” a whimsical drama about a French student living in Barcelona, won two major awards at the Sydney Film Festival on Friday.

Pic, helmed by Cedric Klapisch, was voted most popular feature by auds and collected the UIP prize for European film.

The 50th edition of the non-competitive, 15-day event unspooled at the State Theater and Dendy cinemas.

“Spanish Apartment” beat Chen Kaige’s “Together,” Argentinean drama “Kamchatka,” silent Indian film “Shiraz” and Danish-British pic “Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself” in the most popular feature rankings.

Voted most popular doc was “Wildness,” which chronicles the work of Tasmanian wilderness photographers Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis. The international federation of film critics’ docu award went to “Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony,” the saga of how music helped fuel the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

Fest closed with Aussie helmer Glendyn Ivin’s short “Cracker Bag,” which won a Palme d’Or at last month’s Cannes fest, and the Oz preem of Francois Ozon’s “Swimming Pool.”

Fest director Gayle Lake said the event was marred only by the banning of controversial American film “Ken Park.”

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