'Poor Boy' makes good at AFF


TORONTO -- Boxing drama "Poor Boy's Game," starring Danny Glover, was the big winner as the Atlantic Film Festival dished out its trophies Friday.

Clement Virgo's latest film, shot last year in Halifax, won trophies for best Atlantic Canadian movie and original screenplay for Virgo and Chaz Thorne as the festival handed out trophies Friday.

Bill Fleming picked up the art direction prize for his work on the film, which bowed in Berlin.

Halifax-based Chaz Thorne also picked up the festival's best director trophy for "Just Buried," his debut feature about a young loner, played by Jay Baruchel, who unexpectedly inherits his estranged father's struggling funeral home.

The other big winner in Halifax was Toronto director Bruce McDonald, who grabbed the best Canadian feature prize for "The Tracey Fragments," a drama about a young girl looking for her younger brother, who thinks he's a dog.

The movie's lead, Halifax-based Ellen Page, took home the best actress trophy, while the best actor nod went to veteran Quebec actor Roy Dupuis for his turn in "Shake Hands With the Devil," which opened the festival on Sept. 13.

Other award winners saw John Scott take the documentary award for "Scouts are Cancelled," while Nance Ackerman's "Fid" earned Christopher Ball the cinematography prize and Sarah Byrne a separate trophy for editing.

Elsewhere, Drew Hagen's "Pot of Gold," a road movie about two buddies who strike out for Alberta's oil fields, won the festival's Inspired Script competition.

The Atlantic Film Festival will wrap Saturday with a gala screening of Kenneth Branagh's "Sleuth."