'Three Monkeys' tops N.C. film festival

'Unmistaken Child' named best doc at RiverRun

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Three Monkeys" won the best narrative feature prize and Nati Baratz's "Unmistaken Child" was the top documentary at the 11th annual RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino won the best director prize for "Il Divo," a biopic about Italian politician Giulio Andreotti and the investigation into his ties to the mafia. The film also won a best actor prize for lead Toni Servillo and best cinematography for Luca Bigazzi.

"Three Monkeys," about a family that suffers a breakdown when the father takes the blame for a crime he didn't commit, also received a best actress award for Hatice Aslan.

Sergey Dvortsevoy & Gennady Ostrovskiy won best screenplay for "Tulpan," and "Rumba" won a special jury prize for cinematic audacity.

Also in the documentary category, Robert Kenner was selected best director for "Food, Inc.," a film that examines the global food supply and how unhealthy it has become, and "Rocaterrania" won a special jury prize for original music. "Unmistaken Child" chronicles a young monks trek through Nepal and Tibet to find the reincarnation of his spiritual master, providing a rare glimpse into a world rarely seen by outsiders.

The BB&T Audience Award for best narrative feature went to "Mommy Is At the Hairdresser's," and "Food, Inc." was the audience's documentary favorite.

In the shorts competition, "Pop Art" was picked as best narrative, "The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306" was best documentary and "This Way Up" was best animated short.