Quirky Icelandic Comedy Takes Turin Film Festival's Top Prize

"A Annan Veg (Either Way)" wins biggest honor; "Tayeb, Khalas, Yalla" (OK, Enough, Goodbye)" and "17 Filles (17 Girls)" awarded special jury awards.

ROME – Icelandic drama A Annan Veg (Either Way), a quirky comedy about two workers caring for roads in isolated parts of Iceland, won the top prize at the 29th Turin Film Festival, organizers announced Saturday.

The jury, led by famed photographer and filmmaker Jerry Schatzberg, awarded the festival’s €20,000 ($27,000) main prize to the sophomore directorial effort from Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson.

Two films were given special jury honors -- Tayeb, Khalas, Yalla (OK, Enough, Goodbye), a United Arab Emirates-Lebalnan co-production from Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia and Delphine and Muriel Coulin’s French-produced 17 Filles (17 Girls) -- while Les Eclats: Ma Gueule, Ma Revolte, Mon Nom (The Spark: My Mouth, My Rebellion, My Name) from Sylvain George was festival’s top documentary award and Le Vendeur from Sebastien Pilote won the Fipresci Award.

Martin Compston, the protagonist in Craig Viveiros Ghosted was the prize for best actor, while Renate Krossner, the star of Andreas Kannengiesser’s Vergiss Dein Ende (Way Home), won the best actress honor.

The discovery festival, where all in-competition films must be among the first three projects from the director, got underway Nov. 25.