Granik wins at Durban festival

Feature prize goes to 'White Meadows'

BRUSSELS – U.S. indie helmer Debra Granik has picked up the director award at the Durban Intl. Film Fest for her sophomore feature “Winter’s Bone.”

Jury commended her “remarkable attention to detail,” calling the resulting drama about a teenage girl tracking down her disappeared father “intensely atmospheric and sensitive.”

The South African fest wrapped its 31st edition Sunday night.

Kudos for feature went to “The White Meadows” by Iranian helmer Mohammad Rasoulof, while Indian pic “Peepli Live” by Anusha Rizvi took the prize for debut.

Lucy Walker’s “Waste Land,” which follows artist Vik Muniz as he works with scavengers on a massive Rio de Janeiro landfill, got the audience nod and the prize for docu.

The prize for South African film went to “Life, Above All” by Oliver Schmitz, about an orphan girl struggling with the stigma of AIDS.

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