'Morgana' claims Munich prize


COLOGNE, Germany -- Simon Gross' "Fata Morgana," the story of a young couple lost in the Moroccan desert, won top honors at the Foderpreis Deutcher Film awards, held Wednesday night at the Munich Film Festival.

The prize comes with €30,000 ($40,400) in cash and is intended to support up-and-coming German filmmakers.

Jan Bonny and Christine Ebelt won the event's screenplay award for their script to "Counterparts," a story of male spousal abuse. Acting honors went to Valerie Koch for her role in the psychological drama "The Calling Game" and Alexander Fehling for the modern Auschwitz drama "And Along Come Tourists."