'Lebanon' wins audience award at Cologne

Russian drama "Wolfy," wins the international competition

COLOGNE, Germany -- Samuel Moaz's Venice Film Festival winner "Lebanon" added another trophy to its crowded mantelpiece, on Sunday winning the audience award at the Cologne/Bonn KunstFilmBiennale festival.

The anti-war drama, set entirely in an Israeli tank during the 1982 Lebanon war, was co-produced by Israeli production firms Metro Communications and Paralite, Cologne-based Ariel Films and France's Arsam International.

Russian drama "Wolfy," won the festival's international competition. The mother-daughter tale from director Vasilij Sigarev is slowly building its festival cred, having won best picture prizes at last month's Zurich Film Festival and the Open Russian Film Festival earlier this year. Honorable mention went to Bruno Dumont's "Hadewijch," the story of an upper-class Parisian girl who gets involved with Muslim Arabs from the rough Banlieue ghettos.

This was the first year narrative films were accepted as part of the official lineup at the KunstFilmBiennale, which traditionally focuses on experimental art cinema.
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