'Border' tops Film by the Sea fest


AMSTERDAM -- Croatian director Rajko Grlic won the top prize Monday at the ninth edition of Film by the Sea, a Dutch festival dedicated to film adaptations of novels.

Grlic won the award for "Border Post," a feature adaptation of the Ante Tomic novel "No One Will Surprise Us." The story deals with the threat of an Albanian invasion in Yugoslavia.

This year's Film by the Sea competition lineup offered nine screen adaptations: "Atonement" by Joe Wright, "Away From Her" by Sarah Polley, "Border Post," "Emma's Bliss" by Sven Taddicken, "Evening" by Lajos Koltai, "Gone Baby Gone" by Ben Affleck, "I Served the King of England" by Jiri Menzel, "La Caja" by Juan Carlos Falcon and "Opium" by Janos Szasz.

During the festival, held in the Dutch coastal town of Vlissingen, German director Volker Schlondorff received a life achievement award.