'Vitus' tops Swiss Film Awards


COLOGNE, Germany -- Fredi M. Murer's "Vitus," the story of a young music prodigy who leads a double life as a high-stakes Internet day trader, won best film at the Swiss Film Awards, Switzerland's top film honors, organizers announced Thursday.

"Vitus" was Switzerland's official entry for the foreign-language Oscar but failed to gain a nomination.

Jean-Luc Bideau won the best actor prize for "Mon frere se marie," while Heidi Specogna earned the documentary nod for "The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez," the story of the first U.S. solider to lose his life in the Iraq war.

Stina Werenfels' "Nachbeben," a drama set in the world of Swiss investment banking, won the Jury Grand Prix for its acting ensemble and Andrea Staka won the inaugural best screenplay award for the script for her directorial debut, "Das Fraeulein."