'Nader and Simin' Wins Vancouver Film Festival's Top Audience Award

Courtesty of Berlinale 2011

The Iranian film previously won the Berlinale Golden Bear and was first runner-up for the top audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

TORONTO -- Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s Nadar and Simin, A Separation won the top People’s Choice Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival on the weekend after earlier snagging the Berlinale Golden Bear trophy.

The Leila Hatami and Peyman Moadi-starring drama about a woman who wants to leave her husband and Iran for a better life was was the first runner-up for the top People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, coming second to Nadine Labaki’s Where Do We Go Now?

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Nader and Simin, A Separation beat out 375 other films to win the top audience prize in Vancouver.

VIFF festgoers also chose Susanne Rostock’s Sing Your Song as the most popular nonfiction film, while Ken Scott’s Starbuck won for the most popular Canadian film trophy in Vancouver.

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And the most popular documentary at VIFF, voted on by ordinary festgoers, was Canadian director’s Charles Wilkinson’s Peace Out, which bowed in Vancouver.