'Born' wins Golden Bayard

Docu gets Francophone fest's top prize

NAMUR, Belgium -- Documentary "Because We Were Born", co-directed by Brazilian Andrea Santana and France's Jean-Pierre Duret, snatched the Golden Bayard top prize Friday at the International Festival of Francophone Film in Namur, Belgium.

"Born" follows two young teenage boys who hang out at a service station in Pernambouc in the poor northeast of Brazil, watching trucks and travelers and hearing stories about a wider world they can only dream of.

Financed by France's Kissfilms, with Mikros Image, it is sold internationally by UMedia. It closes the filmmakers' trilogy, which includes the shorts "Romances of Earth and Water" and "Dreaming of Sao Paulo".

Another documentary, Samuel Collardey's "The Apprentice", won a special jury prize. Mohamed Majd won the best actor award for his role in Daoud Aoulad Syad's Moroccan movie "Waiting for Pasolini" and Lea Seydoux took the actress nod for Christophe Honore's "The Beautiful Person".

The screenplay prize was awarded to Yves-Christian Fournier for "Everything Is Fine," while Agnes Godard took cinematography honors for Ursula Meier's Swiss/French/Belgian co-production "Home," which stars festival guest of honor Isabelle Huppert.

The weeklong Festival of Francophone Film, in its the 22nd edition, drew some 33,000 people and showcased 140 features, shorts and documentaries.