Festival du Nouveau lauds 'Tulpan'

Comedy takes top jury prize at Montreal film festival

MONTREAL -- Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinema on Sunday handed its top jury prize, the Louve D'or, to Sergey Dvortsevoy's "Tulpan," a Swiss-Russian comedy about a Kazakh sailor looking to become a sheep and goat herder.

"Tulpan" won Un Certain Regard category at Cannes, and in early October grabbed the top jury prize at the Zurich Film Festival.

The audience award in Montreal went to Adrian Wills' "All Together Now," a Canadian documentary about the Cirque du Soleil/Beatles Las Vegas production "Love."

And the Grand Prix Z trophy, chosen by ordinary festgoers, went to U.S. director Nina Paley for "Sita Sings the Blues," an animated version of the Indian epic poem "Ramayana" set to jazz music that picked up earlier awards on the festival circuit.

Back on the jury front, the FNC, which wrapped Sunday, gave the Louve D'or for acting to Michael Fassbender for his star turn in Steve McQueen's "Hunger," and the Innovation Award to Ari Folman's animated documentary about the 1982 Lebanon war, "Waltz With Bashir."