'Winter's Bone' Takes Two Prizes at Torino Fest

11:39 AM PST 12/04/2010 by Eric J. Lyman

U.S. director Debra GranikWinter's Bone, a thriller set in the Ozark mountains about a woman trying to protect her family, won the main prize at the 28th Torino Film Festival, organizers said Saturday.

The festival's five-member jury headed by director Marco Bellocchio chose Winter's Bone out of 16 main competition films, making it the first U.S. production to take home the main prize since David Gordon Green's George Washington in 2000. The award carries a cash prize of €25,000 ($32,500).
 
Jennifer Lawrence, the protagonist in Winter's Bone, split the best actress award with Anahi Berneri, who was honored for her work in Port u Culpa. Omid Djalili was given the best actor prize for his role in The Infidel.
 
The special jury award was also split: Les Signes Vitaux from Canada's Sophie Deraspe and Julio Hernandez Cordon's Las Marimbas del Infierno, a Guatamala-France-Mexico joint production, will share the €10,000 ($13,000) cash award. 

Henry from Alessandro Piva won the Audience Award, the only major prize to go to a home-grown Italian production.
 
The festival, which got underway Nov. 26 and concluded Saturday, focuses on up-and-coming directors making their first, second, or third feature film.

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