Aida Begic's 'Snow' tops Critics Week


CANNES -- Aida Begic's "Snow" (Snijeg) fell on top of the winners list when the Festival de Cannes' Critics Week sidebar wrapped Friday night.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina co-production with France, Germany and Iran set in a war-ravaged isolated mountain village took the sidebar's grand prize.

Scribes Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem et Pat Van Beirs won the SACD prize for best screenplay for "Moscow, Belgium," a dramatic comedy set in a working class neighborhood in Ghent from Belgian director Christophe Van Rompaey.

The film also won an 8,000 euro ($12,615) award sponsored by the Association of Independent Cinema for its Distribution and the Main Fund of Social Activities.

The French distributor of "Moscow, Belgium" will receive 4,000 euros ($6,309) towards the film's theatrical release.

The AJ/TV5Monde "(Very) Young Critics Award" went to Pablo Fendrik's "Blood Appears," an Argentinian-French-German co-production.