Reykjavil awards top prize to ‘The Orphanage’

16th festival under the direction of Hronn Marinosdottir also showcases new Icelandic works in progress.

The 16th Rejykavik International Film Festival (Riff) has awarded its top prize – the Golden Puffin - to Shahrbanoo Sadat’s The Orphanage, the Bollywood-tinged drama about an Afghan boy who is sent to a Russian facility which is enjoying a strong festival run after its premiere at Quinzaine in May. The winner of the sidebar Competition, A Different Tomorrow, went to the documentary Midnight Traveller, by Hassan Fazili, a documentary performer since its Sundance bow.

The Puffin awards capped a busy festival in which

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