'Myth' wins American indie prize at Munich

'The Four Times' wins CineVision prize

COLOGNE, Germany -- David Robert Mitchell's directorial debut, "The Myth of the American Sleepover" won the inaugural American indie newcomer prize at the 2010 Munich Film Festival, which wrapped this weekend.

The tale of teen angst, set in Detroit on the last night of summer vacation, premiered at South by SouthWest, where it won a special jury prize for its ensemble cast. "The Myth" also screened at Cannes' Critics' Week sidebar.

Munich's CineVision prize went to Italian drama "The Four Times" from director Michelangelo Frammartino, the story of an old shepherd spending his final days in a medieval village in Calabria. Bong Joon-Ho's crime thriller "Mother," which first bowed in Cannes last year, won Munich's Arri-Zeiss award.

But Munich crowds preferred "Bergblut" (Mountain Blood), a period drama from German helmer Philipp Pamer. The feature retells the true story of the failed revolt against Napoleon's army. "Bergblut," which had its premiere in Munich, won the festival's audience award.

The audience prize for best children's film went to the fantasy adventure "Magiczne drzewo" from Polish director Andrzej Maleszka.
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