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"Korkoro" Leads Montreal World Fest Winners

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 8, 2009 at 5:20AM

Algerian-French director Tony Gatlif's "Korkoro" (Freedom) won the top prize at the 33rd Montreal World Film Festival, which wrapped last night in Quebec. The film - about a gypsy family fighting for freedom under the Nazi rule in France - won the Grand Prix of the Americas, as well as the festival's audience award for the most popular film. It stars Quebec-born actress Marie-Josée Crozé as a teacher in a small French village who tries to help the family. The film also shared the Ecumenical Prize with "Ceasefire," directed by Lancelot von Naso of Germany.
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Algerian-French director Tony Gatlif's "Korkoro" (Freedom) won the top prize at the 33rd Montreal World Film Festival, which wrapped last night in Quebec. The film - about a gypsy family fighting for freedom under the Nazi rule in France - won the Grand Prix of the Americas, as well as the festival's audience award for the most popular film. It stars Quebec-born actress Marie-Josée Crozé as a teacher in a small French village who tries to help the family. The film also shared the Ecumenical Prize with "Ceasefire," directed by Lancelot von Naso of Germany.

Other major winners included Wang Quan'an's "Weaving Girl," which won the special Grand Prix of the Jury, the runner-up prize, as well as the International Film Critics prize. The film tells the story of the struggling life of a textile factory woman worker. Quebec director Roger Cantin's "Un Cargo pour l'Afrique" (A Cargo to Africa) won the audience award for best Canadian feature.

The festival - which ran from August 27-September 7, screening about 400 films from 70 countries - closed off with a screening of the offical documentary for 2008 Beijing Olympics -"The Everlasting Flame." A comple

Grand Prix of the Americas:
Tony Gatlif for "Korkoro" (Freedom)

Grand Prix of the Jury (runner up):
Wang Quan'an for "Weaving Girl"

Audience Award, International:
Tony Gatlif for "Korkoro" (Freedom)

Audience Award, Canadian:
Roger Cantin for "Un Cargo pour l'Afrique" (A Cargo to Africa)

Best Director:
Kichitaro Negishi for "Villon's Wife"

Best Actress:
Marie Leuenberger for "Will You Marry Us?"

Best Actor:
Cyron Melville for "Love and Rage"

Best Screenplay:
Alain Le Henry "Je suis heureux que ma mère soit vivante" (I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive)

Artistic Contribution:
Srdjan Dragojevic for "St. George Shoots the Dragon"

Innovation Award:
Mohsen Amiryoussefi for "Atashkar" (Fire Keeper)

Best Short:
Lucas Martell for "Pigeon Impossible"

Jury Award for Shorts:
Carin Brack, Cecilia Actis and Mia Hulterstam for "Fast Vid Dig" (Attached to You)

Best Canadian Short:
"Surmenage" by Alexandre Leblanc and Benoît Bourbonnais

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