MONTREAL — “The Band’s Visit” took the top prize, the Louve d’Or, at the 36th edition of the Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema, which wrapped Sunday.
The final day of screenings for the edgy alternative Montreal event was Sunday, but the awards were doled out at a ceremony Saturday night hosted by Montreal helmer Denys Arcand.
The Louve d’Or jury also gave a special mention to helmer Kriv Stenders’ Australian pic “Boxing Day.” Richard Green, who plays the alienated father in the pic, won the acting award.
The Daneil Langlois Prix de l’Innovation went to Hana Makhmalbaf’s debut feature “Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame.”
The Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award went to Mexican helmer Rodrigo Pla’s “La Zona.” The National Film Board Short Film Award was shared by two Quebec pics, Sebastien Pilote’s “Dust Bowl Ha! Ha!” and Chris Lavis and Maciek Szcerbowski’s wild animation pic “Madame Tutli-Putli.” For the section Temps 0 — which is dedicated to experimental works — the Z Tele Grand Prize as voted by the public went to South Korean helmer Park Chan-Wook’s “I’m a Cyborg But That’s OK.” Crix org Assn. Quebecois des Critiques de Cinema gave its award to Lucia Puenzo’s Argentine/French/Spanish pic “XXY,” which won the Grand Prize at Critics Week in Cannes earlier this year.
Guests at the fest included Gallic thesp-turned-helmer Sandrine Bonnaire (repping doc “Elle s’appelle Sabine,” about her autistic sister), plus Canuck helmers Bruce McDonald (“The Tracey Fragments”), Clement Virgo (“Poor Boy’s Game”), and Jeremy Podeswa (“Fugitive Pieces”).