Paul Dano's 'Wildlife' Wins Best Film in Turin

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The actor's directorial debut took home the top prize at the prestigious Italian festival.

Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife won best film honors at the 36th edition of the Turin Film Festival, whose competition lineup this year featured a variety of films from around the world, including several first or second features.

The drama stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan and Ed Oxenbould, and the award comes with a prize of $20,000.

Based on the book by Richard Ford, with a screenplay by Dano and Zoe Kazan, Wildlife is a coming-of-age story about a teenage boy who must deal with his parent’s dissolving marriage when his father temporarily abandons them. The pic premiered in Sundance earlier this year.

Chinese director Jia Zhangke chaired Turin's international jury, whose members also included Marta Donzelli, Miguel Gomes, Col Needham and Andreas Prochaska.

Other big winners included David Nawrath’s Atlas, which won the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Award, while the jury’s special mention prize went to Hungarian director Gabor Reisz for his film Bad Poems.

Grace Passo was named best actress for her role in Andre Novais Oliveira’s Temporada, while Atlas' Rainer Bock and The Guilty's Jakob Cedergren shared the award for best actor.

The Guilty also took home the prize for best screenplay by Emil Nygaard Albertsen and Gustav Moller. Director Moller also received the audience award for world drama at Sundance for his debut film, a thriller about a police officer who must race against time to save a kidnapped woman. The Guilty is Denmark’s Oscar entry for best foreign-language film.

Turin’s audience award was split between The Guilty and Nos Batailles by Guillaume Senez.

In other prizes, Homo Botanicus by Guillermo Quintero was named best documentary; Unas Preguntas by Kristina Konrad took home the special jury award for international documentary; best Italian documentary honors went to In Questo Mondo by Anna Kauber; the Italian special jury prize for documentary was awarded to Il Primo Moto Dell’Immobile by Sebastiano d’Ayala Valva; and the Greek film Pity by Babis Makridis received the FIPRESCI Award.

The Turin Film Festival will conclude Sunday with a special day of screenings in tribute to Bernardo Bertolucci.