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AFI Fest Honors “Grbavica” and “Buddha’s Lost Children” With Top Jury Prizes

AFI Fest Honors "Grbavica" and "Buddha's Lost Children" With Top Jury Prizes

AFI Fest 2006 awarded its prizes Sunday in Los Angeles with Jasmila Zbanic‘s “Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams” winning the narrative grand jury prize at the festival. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s official entry for the 2006 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, the film was recently acquired by Strand Releasing. Mark Verkerk‘s “Buddha’s Lost Children” won the documentary grand jury prize. Feature audience awards went to Carla Garapedian‘s “Screamers” and Lucy Walker‘s “Blindsight” (tie, documentary) and Fredi M. Murer‘s “Vitus” (narrative). The festival will close tonight (Sunday) with the world premiere of Zhang Yimou‘s “Curse of the Golden Flower.” [Eugene Hernandez]

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