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Georgian director wins Fribourg film prize

A Georgian director has won the grand prize at Fribourg’s international film festival for his piece "The Other Bank".

George Ovashvili also won the audience award for his film, which tells the story of a young refugee and his mother fleeing ethnic cleansing in the Georgian region of Abkhazia.

Ovashvili received the Le Regard d’Or award for what judges called “the poetry and humanity of his gaze on a child and the discovery of life in wartime”.

The prize is worth SFr30,000 ($28,000).

Iranian director Nader T. Homayoun won the Talent Tape Award and SFr23,000 for “Tehroun”.

A special jury prize went to Rigoberto Perezcano for his film “Norteado”.

The 24th edition of the Fribourg Film Festival attracted around 90 films and attracted more than 30,000 people.

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