Japanese film Okuribito wins top prize in Montreal Film Fest
The 32nd Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF) jury, which included Chinese director Xie Fei, awarded the Grand Prix of the Americas to Japanese director Yojiro Takita’s Okuribito (Departures), a celluloid drama about an out-of-work cellist who leaves Tokyo to return to his hometown to become an undertaker.
The Necessities of Life, directed by Canadian filmmaker Benoit Pilon, won the Special Grand Prix of the Jury and the Public Award for the Most Popular Film of the Festival.
Serbian director Goran Markovic was selected best director for The Tour, which also grabbed the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) prize.
Barbara Sukowa took the Best Actress award for the film The Invention of Curried Sausage, directed by Ulla Wagner of Germany. The Best Actor award went to Eri Canete for his work in Walter Doehner’s Teo’s Voyage from Mexico.
The Best Screenplay award was shared by Xavi Puebla and Jesus Gil for the Spanish film Welcome to Farewell-Gutmann and Riyoichi Kimizuka and Satoshi Suzuki for the Japanese film Nobody to Watch Over Me.