'Captive' wins top prize at Cottbus festival

Sergei Dvortsevoy named best director for 'Tulpan'

COLOGNE, Germany -- Alexsei Uchitel's drama of a young Chechen captured by Russian soldiers, "Captive," won the prize for best film at this year's Cottbus Festival of East European Cinema.

The jury praised the film for depicting "the cruel nature of war and the importance of every human life."

Kazakh filmmaker Sergei Dvortsevoy was named best director at Cottbus for his offbeat, near-documentary comedy "Tulpan," shot among the shepherds of the eastern Steppes. "Tulpan" debuted in Cannes, where it won Un Certain Regard Award.

In addition to its main awards, the Cottbus jury presented a special prize to Polish director Michal Rosa for his script to "Scratch," a very personal look at life under a totalitarian regime.

Cottbus, the leading international festival for Eastern European cinema, wrapped up Sunday.