'Take Shelter' wins top prize at Deauville film festival

11th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Director Jeff Nichols won the top prize at the 37th festival of American film in Deauville, France, on Saturday for "Take Shelter", besting 13 other feature-length entries.

The film starring Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Tova Stewart, Shea Whigham and Katy Mixon, portrays the life an unassuming man afflicted by nightmares.

Main character Curtis Laforche is plagued by tornado images which prompt obsessions about an impending apocalypse.

The festival's jury was headed by French writer and director Olivier Assayas.

Celebrated US filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola also visited the festival, which opened on September 2.

The top prize last year was awarded to "Mother and child", directed by Rodrigo Garcia and starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington.

© 2011 AFP

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