'Moon' rises at Edinburgh fest

Duncan Jones' feature takes home Michael Powell Award

LONDON -- Duncan Jones' "Moon" walked off with the top prize as this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival drew to a close Sunday evening.

Jones' feature debut secured the Michael Powell Award for best new British feature and its purse of £20,000 ($32,700).

The feature emerged victorious after a jury presided over by filmmaker Joe Wright opted to pick the Sam Rockwell starrer as its favorite.

Produced by London-based Liberty Films, the picture premiered at Sundance last year and stars Rockwell as a man isolated on the moon.

The son of singer David Bowie, Jones is one of the U.K.'s young maverick directing talents.

This year's audience award went to Tomm Moore's animation "The Secret of Kells," voiced by Irish actor Brendan Gleeson.

And Sundance winner Cary Fukunaga secured the Skillset New Directors Award for "Sin Nombre," about a Honduran woman's journey across Mexico to reach the US.

Dutch-Russian director Aliona Van der Horst won the inaugural best documentary award for her film about the poet "Boris Ryzhy" and the PPG Award for best performance in a British feature went to Katie Jarvis in Andrea Arnold's Cannes winner "Fish Tank."

Kyle Patrick Alvarez's "Easier With Practice," a movie about a writer who has a sexual encounter over the phone with a stranger, was named best new international feature.

This year's Scottish-capital set shindig closes with Max Mayer's "Adam," starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne.
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