'Amer' wins at Montreal fest awards

Festival du Nouveau Cinema also honors 'Canine' film

TORONTO ­-- Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani¹s horror homage "Amer," a Belgium-France film that depicts three parts in a woman's life, took home the top audience award at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema.

Meanwhile, the Greek satirical film "Canine" from Yorgos Lanthimos took home the juried Louve d'Or trophy as Montreal's top auteur film festival wrapped Saturday night.

"Canine" won out over 16 other competition titles that included U.S. director Sean Baker's "Prince of Broadway"; "Les Signes Vitaux," by Canadian director Sophie Deraspe; Ryan Arnold's "Skidlove," also from Canada; and Johan Grimonprez's "Double Take," a Benelux co-production.

The Louve d'Or jury gave special mention to the China/Germany co-production "The Red Race" by Chao Gan.

Montreal's best acting award went to Magaly Solier, star of Claudia Llosa's Peruvian film "Fausta: La Teta Asustada."

The festival¹s 38th edition also saw the Turkish film "Should I Really Do It?" by Ismail Necmi earn the Daniel Langlois Innovation Award.
 
The Grand Prix Focus prize for best Canadian feature went to "Nuages Sur la Ville" by Quebec director Simon Galiero, with the best Canadian short film trophy going to Pedro Pires's "Danse Macabre."

The Montreal jury also gave its Silver Loup best short-film prize to Maarit Suomi-Vaanaen's "Jalkeilaa Tass" from Finland.

Rounding out the prizes handed out was the AQCC best international film award, which was picked up by Llosa's "The Milk of Sorrow."
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