Vancouver: Palme d'Or Winner 'Shoplifters' Nabs Top International Film Prize

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival
'Shoplifters'

Kat Jayme's 'Finding Big Country' earned the People's Choice award, while Dava Whisenant's 'Bathtubs Over Broadway' picked up the most popular international doc prize.

The Vancouver International Film Festival on Friday night unveiled its top audience awards, with Hirokazu Kore-eda's Cannes winner Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku) picking up the most popular international feature award.

The story of a dysfunctional family of petty criminals, Shoplifters earlier earned the top Palme d'Or trophy at Cannes.

Dava Whisenant's Bathtubs Over Broadway, which received the new documentary director award at Tribeca, took home Vancouver's most popular international documentary prize, while Kat Jayme's documentary Finding Big Country, which debuted at VIFF, picked up the People's Choice award.

Another local film, Edge of the Knife, by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown, won for most popular Canadian feature.

Elsewhere, Stephanie Soechtig's documentary The Devil We Know, which chronicles how 3M and DuPont made billions by exposing people to toxic chemicals and which bowed at Sundance, was named the winner of the Impact Award.

The prize-giving came before Jason Reitman's Gary Hart drama The Front Runner closed the festival, with actors Steve Zissis and Josh Brener in attendance.