'Confessions' Awarded People's Choice at Nouveau Cinema

Japan's Oscar entry keeps company with other int'l award winners, including Mexico's 'Leap Year' and Canada's 'Oliver Sherman.'

TORONTO -- Tetsuya Nakashima's Confessions, Japan's entry in the foreign language Oscar race, earned the People's Choice Award at the 39th Festival of Nouveau Cinema in Montreal.

The revenge thriller that stars Takako Matsu as a high school teacher who suspects her students may be implicated in the murder of her 4-year-old daughter, was a commercial box office success in Japan this summer.

The Montreal festival also gave its juried Louve d'Or for best international feature to the Mexican film Ano Bisiesto (Leap Year), a debut feature by Australian ex-pat director Michael Rowe, while the festival jury gave U.S. director Mike Ott a special mention for Littlerock.

Other Montreal winners: The best acting award was shared by Avtandil Tetradze for his star-turn in Susa, the Georgian film from Rusudan Pirveli, and Sibel Kekilli for the German film When We Leave, by Feo Aladag.

And the best feature from the Focus sidebar was the Canadian film Oliver Sherman, by Ryan Redford.

In all, 295 films from 51 countries screened in Montreal over 12 days to October 24.

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