Sergey Dvortsevoy's 'Tulpan' wins in Zurich

Juraj Lehotsky’s 'Blind Loves' voted best documentary

MUNICH -- The Zurich Film Festival closed Sunday, honoring Greek helmer Costa-Gavras and dishing out awards for its feature and documentary competition winners as well as the audience prize and a new talent award.

The jury, headed by Peter Fonda, gave top feature film honors to Sergey Dvortsevoy's "Tulpan," a Swiss-Russian tragicomedy about a Kazakh seaman who wants to become a sheepherder, while Arash T. Riahi's "For a Moment, Freedom," about Iranian refugees in Austria, received a Golden Eye award as best debut.

"Blind Loves," Slovak Juraj Lehotsky's docu about vision-impaired couples was voted best documentary by the section's three-person jury. The audience award went to "The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner," Stephan Komandarev's Bulgarian-German-Hungarian-Slovenian co-production about a German-born child of Bulgarian refugees who loses his family and his memory in a car accident.

The new talent award went to Belgian helmer Christophe van Rompaey for "Moscow, Belgium," about a man having a midlife crisis.

The fourth Zurich Film Festival kicked off Sept. 25. Its competition slate featured only debut, second or third films by international directors.
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