'Canoes' rows to top Ghent prize


LONDON -- Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr's "Ten Canoes," secured this year's Grand Prize for Best Film at the 33rd Flanders International Film Festival in Ghent, organizers said Saturday.

The international jury, headed by Jan Harlan, dished out the event's awards at a ceremony Saturday night.

The Grand Prize comes with a cash award of ?20,000 ($25,000) toward the distribution of "Canoes" in Belgium for the movie described by organizers as the first Australian full-length feature film in an Aboriginal language.

The Georges Delerue Prize for Best Music and its ?10,000 ($12,500) check went Tony Gatlif and Delphine Mantoulet for the music of Tony Gatlif's "Transylvania."

Aku Louhimies, director of "Frozen City," was awarded the Robert Wise Award for Best Director and a ?5,000 ($6,250) distribution boost in Belgium.
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