‘Cargo’ loads up on Belgian prize

Balabanov film picks up L'Age d'Or

BRUSSELS — Russian shocker “Cargo 200” by Alexei Balabanov has picked up the 2008 L’Age d’Or prize, awarded by the Royal Belgian Film Archive. Announcing the award Sunday, the jury commended Balabanov’s subversive and radical vision of the decline of the Soviet Union, and his use of extreme cinematographic language.

Pic was selected from a program of 22 features bowing at major international festivals in 2007 and 2008 that have yet to secure distribution in Belgium. All were screened during the recent Brussels European Film Festival.

The jury also gave two Cinedecouvertes prizes, each worth e10,000 ($15,850), to encourage interest from local distributors.

One went to “Afterschool” by tyro U.S. helmer Antonio Campos, about a student at an exclusive East Coast college who films the death of two classmates.

The other went to “Funuke domo, kanashimino ai wo misero” (Funuke, Show Some Love, You Losers!), a tale of dysfunctional family life from Japanese helmer Yoshida Daihachi.

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