×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Cordon’ nets top prize at Montreal fest

Belanger's 'Gaz Bar Blues' takes second place

TORONTO — Belgrade helmer Goran Markovic’s “The Cordon,” set against the backdrop of the overthrow of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic, won the top Grand Prix of the Americas prize at the Montreal World Film Festival on Sunday.

The competition jury, headed by co-presidents Jan Troell and Andrzej Zulawski, spread the awards around, with no film garnering more than one.

Opening night pic “Gaz Bar Blues,” the sophomore effort from Montreal filmmaker Louis Belanger, took the competition’s second prize, the Special Grand Prix of the Jury. Belanger’s moving story of a man with Parkinson’s disease trying to hold together his family was also voted the most popular Canadian film.

The Air Canada People’s Choice Award for most popular film went to Spanish pic “4th Floor” from Antonio Mercero. The Spanish helmer also took the competition prize as director for his film about kids in a hospital cancer ward.

The competition jury gave its award for artistic contribution to Nicolae Margineanu’s “Bless You, Prison” about a young intellectual in prison in communist Romania. The actress trophy went to Marina Glezer for her perf in the Argentinean/Spanish co-production “The Little Polish”; Silvio Orlando won as actor for his role in the Italian pic “The Soul’s Haven.”

Screenplay honors went to Dusan Kovacevic for “The Professional,” a Serbian/Montenegro co-production about a professor and a former government security agent.

The jury’s innovation award went to Italian helmer Fabio Carpi’s “Memory Lane.”

The Montreal festival added a slew of new Golden Zenith awards this year to honor pics from different sections outside the official competition.

The Golden Zenith for first feature went to Genevieve Mersch’s “I Always Wanted to Be a Saint,” voted on by a jury headed by Iranian helmer Samira Makhmalbaf.

The public voted for the Golden Zenith awards for each of the new geographic categories. Swedish pic “Kopps” from Josef Fares won for Europe; Trent Carlson’s “The Delicate Art of Parking” won for Canada; Mark Rucker’s satire “Die Mommie Die” won for the U.S.; Eduardo Mignogna’s “Cleopatra” won for Latin America; Yoichi Higashi’s “My Grandpa” won for Asia; Nawfel Saheb-Ettaba’s “El Kotbia” and Abdelkrim Bahloul’s “Le Soleil Assassine” shared the prize for Africa; Rolf de Heer’s “Alexandra’s Project” won for Oceania; and Montreal helmer Richard Boutet’s “Street Sex,” about prostitutes, won in the documentary category.

The Fipresci jury awarded its Intl. Critics’ prize to “The Professional.” The Ecumenical jury gave its top prize to “Gaz Bar Blues.”

Fest president Serge Losique announced Sunday that next year’s event will run Aug. 26-Sept. 6, effectively retreating from the controversial date change that marred this year’s fest.

For the first time in years, the Montreal event ended a week after Labor Day this year, causing it to overlap with both Venice and Toronto.

Martin Scorsese — in Montreal shooting “The Aviator” with Leonardo DiCaprio — dropped by the fest for a tribute Saturday night that included a screening of “Mean Streets.” Fest organizers said ticket sales to screenings were up 5%-10% this year.

More Film

  • Audrey Wells

    Film News Roundup: Audrey Wells Scholarships Launched by UCLA, China's Pearl Studio

    In today’s film news roundup, Pearl Studio and UCLA start a “Say Yes!” scholarship in memory of Audrey Well; Gina Lollobrigida and Claudia Cardinale are honored; and the “General Magic” documentary gets bought. SCHOLARSHIPS UNVEILED China’s Pearl Studio has made a gift of $100,000 for endowed scholarships to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and [...]

  • Honey Boy Knock Down the House

    Sundance Hot Titles List: 13 Buzzy Films That Have Buyers Talking

    There’s a good reason that much of Hollywood braves the thin mountain air each year to make the trek to the Sundance Film Festival, and it’s not to check out the nearby ski slopes. The annual launch of the indie film gathering brings with it the possibility of discovering the next big thing in moviemaking. [...]

  • (L to R) VIGGO MORTENSEN and

    Will Oscar Nominations Give This Year's Contenders a Box Office Boost?

    With nominees like “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “A Star Is Born,” the 2018 class of movies proved the Oscars don’t need a popular films category to recognize movies that also made bank in theaters. But now that the academy has selected this year’s crop of awards hopefuls, is there any green left to squeeze [...]

  • A24 Buys Sequel to Tilda Swinton's

    Sundance: A24 Buys Sequel to Tilda Swinton's Romance-Drama 'The Souvenir'

    A24 has bought the North American rights to Tilda Swinton’s romance-drama “The Souvenir – Part 2,” closing the deal on the eve of the Sundance Film Festival. “The Souvenir” is set to make its world premiere at Sundance on Jan. 27, followed by playing in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival in February. [...]

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Chiwetel Ejiofor Adds Authenticity to Directorial Debut by Shooting in Malawi

    When actor Chiwetel Ejiofor optioned the rights for the 2009 best-seller “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” penning the screenplay for a feature directorial debut that world-premieres in Sundance and then appears in the Berlin Film Festival before being released globally by Netflix this spring, colleagues floated the idea of shooting the Malawi-set film in tried-and-tested [...]

  • ally billboard a star is born

    Oscar Campaign Spending Reaches New Heights in Competitive Season

    The escalating cost of awards campaigning may reach an all-time high this season as heavyweights such as “Roma” and “A Star Is Born” battle for Oscar gold. The quest for an Academy Award has always been expensive, but Netflix’s hunger to nab its first best picture win, coupled with the presence of legitimate studio contenders [...]

  • The Wizard of Oz

    'The Wizard of Oz' to Return to Theaters for 80th Anniversary

    “The Wizard of Oz” is returning to theaters this weekend for a special limited engagement marking the 80th anniversary of the film’s Hollywood premiere. Fathom Events, TCM, and Warner Bros. are re-releasing the beloved family film in select theaters across the country beginning on Sunday, Jan. 27, with additional dates on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and Wednesday [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content