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'Okuribito' tops Montreal fest

1 September 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Toronto -- The Montreal World Film Festival on Monday gave its top jury prize to Japanese director Yojiro Takita's "Okuribito" (Departures), but saw its top audience awards go to Canadian documentary filmmaker Benoit Pilon's debut fiction drama "The Necessities of Life."

The Montreal jury, led by U.S. director Mark Rydell, gave the Grand Prix of the Americas prize to Takita's drama about an out-of-work cellist who leaves Tokyo to return to his hometown to become an undertaker.

At the same time, the festival jury also gave the Special Grand Prix award to Pilon's feature about an Inuit man suffering from tuberculosis in 1950s Quebec. The period drama also earned the most popular film nod, voted on by filmgoers, and the audience award for most popular Canadian film.

Other jury awards in Montreal include Serbian director Goran Markovic's prize as best director for "The Tour," which also grabbed the Fipresci prize. »

- By Etan Vlessing

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