'Hermano' wins top prize at Moscow fest

Luc Besson headed festival jury

MOSCOW -- Director Marcel Rasquin's Venezuelan soccer player drama "Hermano" ("Brother") won the Moscow International Film Festival's top prize, the Golden George, as the fest's 32nd edition came to a close Saturday.

The festival's special prize, the Silver George, went to "Der Albaner" ("The Albanian"), a story of an Albanian immigrant living in Germany. The Albanian-German co-production was directed by Johannes Naber and also earned best actor honors for Nik Xhelilaj.

French director and producer Luc Besson presided over the festival jury.

Poland's Jan Kidawa-Blonski collected the Silver George for best director for "Rozyczka" ("Little Rose"), a drama set in Socialist Poland in the late 1960s. Czech actress Vilma Cibulkova was named best actress for her role in "Zemsky raj to na pohled" ("An Earthy Paradise for the Eyes").

Borys Lankosz's "Rewers" ("Reverse") topped the Perspective competition program as best film.

French director Claude Lelouch, whose "What Love May Bring" was the festival's opening night film, was awarded the special prize for outstanding contribution to the world cinema, and actress Emmanuelle Beart collected the special prize for the outstanding achievement in the career of acting and devotion to the principles of Stanislavsky's School.
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