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Solothurn sends big screen smoke signal

"No More Smoke Signals" - a film about life on an Indian reserve in South Dakota has won the top prize at the Solothurn Film Festival.

Swiss filmmaker Fanny Bräuning walked away with SFr60,000 ($53,000) in prize money for the documentary, convincing the jury of her work's distinctive humanistic message.

Winning over the crowds in Solothurn was Swiss-Canadian director Léa Pool's feature Maman est chez le coiffeur (Mommy's at the hairdresser's), which captured the Prix du Public.

The 44th edition of the film festival drew a record crowd of 46,500 – 3,500 more than last year.

Switzerland's largest film festival after Locarno is devoted to showing Swiss films of all genres including documentaries, fiction, animation, and experimental pictures. It this year introduced its own film prize, the second largest award for Swiss movies.

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