Gypsy Holocaust drama wins top prizes at Montreal

Mon Sep 7, 2009 9:11pm EDT
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - French director Tony Gatlif's "Korkoro" (Freedom), a film about gypsies rounded up in Nazi-occupied France, earned top honors at the Montreal World Film Festival on Monday.

The film, which is set for a theatrical release in France in December, stars Alain Blazquez, Marie-Josee Croze and Marc Lavoine. It won the Grand Prix des Americas prize from the jury as well as the top audience award.

The Montreal jury, led by Iranian director Jafar Panahi, gave the best actress award to Marie Leuenberger for her performance in Micha Lewinsky's "Die Standesbeamtin," from Switzerland, while the best actor trophy went to Cyron Melville for his star turn in Danish director Morten Giese's "Vangittig Forelsket."

The best director trophy went to Japanese director Kichitaro Negishi for "Viyon no Tsuma" (Villon's Wife), a big-screen adaptation of the Osamu Dazai novel.

(Editing by DGoodman at Reuters)