'King of the Belgians' Wins Grand Prix at Odessa International Film Festival

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'King of the Belgians'

'Summer 1993' is awarded as the international competition's best film.

King of the Belgians, directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, was awarded the Grand Prix of Odessa International Film Festival at the closing ceremony held in the Ukrainian port city July 22.

Spanish director Carla Simon's Summer 1993 collected the international competition's best film award.

Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross picked up the best director award for the Georgia/Germany/France co-production My Happy Family. The movie's stars Ia Shugliashvili and Tsisia Qumsashvili also collected the best performance award.

Free and Easy by Chinese director Jun Geng received the jury's special mention.

The Leading Role by Ukraine's Sergey Bukovsky was awarded the best European documentary prize.

Dixie Land, directed by Roman Bondarchuk, was awarded the best film in the national competition prize.

FIPRESCI awards went to Black Level by Valentin Vasyanovich and Lilac by Yekaterina Gornostai.

French actress Isabelle Huppert and Poland-born Oscar-nominated director Agnieszka Holland collected lifetime achievement Golden Duke awards.

Odessa IFF, Ukraine's main international film event, was held for the eighth time this year.