'Grain' reaps EFA Critics’ Award

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COLOGNE, Germany -- Abdellatif Kechiche's "The Secret of the Grain" has won the European Film Academy's Critics' Award.

The drama, set in the 1960s, follows a hard-working Arab family who open a restaurant on a boat in a port city in southern France.

"Grain" already has picked up a slew of awards, among them a special Jury prize and the FIPRESCI critics' award in Venice and four Cesars, including best film and director.

"(This) award not only pays tribute to all those filmmakers who are often marginalized because of their origins, but above all recognizes the talent of those who are committed to a different and independent cinema," said Hassouna Mansouri of FIPRESCI, the international film critics federation which, together with the European Film Academy, jointly awards the critics' prize.

Kechiche will receive the honor Dec. 6 at the 2008 European Film Awards in Copenhagen.
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