'Korkoro' tops Montreal fest

'Weaving Girl' also among winners as 34th edition wraps

TORONTO -- French director Tony Gatlif's "Korkoro" (Freedom), a film about gypsies rounded up in Nazi-occupied France, on Monday earned top honors at the Montreal World Film Festival.

The Holocaust drama, which portrays the second World War through Europe's Roma population, earned Gatlif the juried Grand Prix des Americas prize and the top audience award in Montreal.

The film, which is set for a theatrical release in France in December, stars Alain Blazquez, Marie-Josee Croze and Marc Lavoine.

Other official competition winners in Montreal include the jury's Special Grand Prix award going to Chinese director Quan'an Wang's "Weaving Girl," which also earned the FIPRESCI Prize from international film critics.

And the best director trophy went to Japanese director Kichitaro Negishi for "Viyon no Tsuma" (Villon's Wife), a big-screen adaptation of the Osamu Dazai novel.

The Montreal jury, led by Iranian director Jafar Panahi, gave the best actress award to Marie Leuenberger for her performance in Micha Lewinsky's "Die Standesbeamtin," from Switzerland, while the best actor trophy went to Cyron Melville for his star turn in Danish director Morten Giese's "Vangittig Forelsket."

Other audience award winners in Montreal included Roger Cantin's "A Cargo to Africa," earning the best Canadian feature trophy, and the best Latin American film award going to Argentinian director Daniel Bustamante's "Andres Nos Quiere Dormir la Siesta" (Andres Doesn't Want to Take a Siesta).

The awards came as the Montreal World Film Festival wrapped its 34th edition on Monday.
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