Jia Zhangke's 'A Touch of Sin' Wins $100,000 Abu Dhabi Film Festival Prize

12:23 PM PST 10/31/2013 by Stuart Kemp
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This year's festival draws to a close with Judi Dench also on the winner's roster for her turn in "Philomena."

Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke's A Touch of Sin secured this year's Black Pearl award for best narrative film at a ceremony during the close of this year's Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

The award, which also comes with a $100,000 prize, was among six nods dished out in the 15-strong narrative feature competition strand.

Hiner Saleem's My Sweet Pepper Land, an Iraq, France, Germany and UAE co-production, walked away with $50,000 and the evening's special jury award.

Best film from the Arab world went to Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji's In the Sands of Babylon, which also secured $50,000 and best director, with the same size purse going to Merzak Allouache for his film The Rooftops.

The best actor and actress awards carry no cash prizes.

Diego Peretti won best actor for The Reconstruction from Argentina's Juan Esteban Taratuto while Judi Dench added a plaudit for Philomena, directed by Brit Stephen Frears.

The festival also dished out awards across its new horizons section for the work of first- and second-time directors from around the world, including a best actor gong for Jesse Eisenberg for his outing in Richard Ayoade's The Double.

The New Horizons Black Pearl award and $100,000 went to Italy and U.K. title Still Life, directed by Uberto Pasolini (Italy, United Kingdom).

The Black Pearl nod, in memory of Jake Eberts, for best documentary and an $80,000 cash purse went to These Birds Walk, directed by Omar Mullick and Bassem Tariq (Pakistan, USA).

The 2013 Abu Dhabi Film Festival Audience Choice award and $40,000 went to Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said.

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