'Incendies' wins top prize at Warsaw Fest

WARSAW –The French-Canadian movie "Incendies" was awarded the Grand Prix of the 26th Warsaw International Film Festival on Saturday.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film tells a complex story about sectarian hatred and family bonds that cannot be broken, with the main characters being twins who have to fulfill their mother's will.

The festival jury, chaired by British director Antonia Bird, awarded the best director prize to Olivier Masset-Depasse for "Illegal," a co-production between Belgium, Luxembourg and France. The movie is focused on a story of Tania, a Russian woman who illegally lives in Belgium with her 14-year-old son, earning a living as a cleaning woman.

The Special Jury Award went to the script of the Romanian/Austrian movie "Periferic" ("Outbound"), written by Bogdan George Apetri and Tudor Voican. The movie also collected the FIPRESCI award.

The jury's special mentions were given to actresses Lubna Azabal ("Illegal"), Anne Coesens ("Illegal") and Ana Ilaru ("Periferic"), as well as to the film "La Vida Util" ("A Useful Life") by Federico Veiroj.

The Polish film "Erratum" by Marek Lechki and the U.S. movie "Imperialists Are Still Alive" by Zeina Durra were announced the winners of the "1-2" competition, and the Swedish film "Sound of Noise" by Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjarne Nilsson won the "Free Spirit" competition.

Documentary competition honors went to "Oko Nad Prahou" ("Eye Over Prague"), by the Czech director Olga Špatova.

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