In other awards announced late Sunday, the Jury Grand Prix went to China's "The Forest Ranger," directed by Qi Jian. Its citation said the film "creates a striking and memorable portrayal of village life in the mountains."
Fabienne Godet's French film "Burnt Out," about a man who copes with tragedy, clinched best director and best actor, the AP reports.
The jury praised Godet for her "skill at mixing a strong, emotional story with a very believably achieved reality."
It said lead actor Olivier Gourmet "with enormous subtlety and restraint ... holds the screen even when doing little."
Els Dottermans won best actress for the Belgian film "Love Belongs to Everyone," which also won best screenplay for Hugo van Laere. The movie portrays the rehabilitation of a mentally impaired man jailed for raping a minor.
Fabio Cianchetti won best cinematography for the Italian film "The Land" and Karl Jenkins' score for the New Zealand picture "River Queen" won best music.
This year's jury included French director Luc Besson, Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan, Mexican actress Diana Bracho and Italian director Gabriele Salvatores, according to the AP.
Wanmacaidan, a director who goes by one name, won best director in the Asian New Talent Prize section for "The Silent Holy Stones," which won the International Film Critics Federation prize, known as the FIPRESCI, at the Hong Kong International Film Festival in April.