'Yellow House' shines in Chechen fest

Algerian director collects the main prize at new fest

MOSCOW -- The inaugural Chechnya International Film Festival came to a close over the weekend in Grozny, the capital of the Russian republic.

Dubbed Noyev Kovcheg (Noah's Ark), the fest had a dozen feature films in its official selection, with titles hailing from Croatia, Iran, Spain, Brazil and Bangladesh, among other countries.

The main prize was awarded to "Le Maison Jaune" (The Yellow House) by Algerian director Amor Hakkar, which also earned a best screenplay nod.

Georgia's Alexander Kvatashidze collected the best debut prize for his film "Goodbye," while Brazilian Lina Chamie picked up the best director award for "A Via lacteal."

Uzbekistan's Bakhodyr Yuldashev took the cinematography prize for his work in "Shima."

The festival, which aims to show the world that the former breakaway republic is returning to normal after being substantially destroyed by military conflicts in the mid-1990s and early 2000s, is expected to become an annual event.
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