'Hallam Foe' takes top prize at Dinard fest


PARIS -- David Mackenzie's "Hallam Foe" took the top prize at the 18th Dinard Festival of British Cinema, which wrapped Sunday in the Brittany resort town.

A jury led by French actress Josiane Balasko and including actresses Linh Dan Pham, Sylvie Testud and Cecile Cassel bestowed the Hitchcock d'Or Grand Prize upon Mackenzie's coming-of-age comedy, which stars Jamie Bell as a 17 year-old misfit mourning his mother's sudden death who spies on the world from his treehouse.

The jury gave an honorable mention to John Carney's musical comedy "Once," which took the audience award this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

"Foe" also went home with the Hitchcock Blanc, Kodak Limited prize for best photo direction.

Sarah Gavron's "Brick Lane" won the Grand Marnier Lapostolle award for best screenplay and the Hitchcock d'Argent audience award.

Lenny Abrahamson's "Garage" was awarded the Hitchcock de Bronze prize, which provides distribution to the winner in 40 movie theaters in the west of France.

The British Council gave it's €1,500 ($2,123) "Entente Cordiale" award for the best short film made by a graduate of French film school to Marcal Fores' "Friends Forever."

The four-day festival kicked off Thursday with Ken Loach's "It's a Free World" and closed Sunday with Pascal Thomas' Gallic title "L'heure zero."