French director Jean-Claude Brisseau’s ultra-low-budget drama La Fille de Nulle Part (The Girl From Nowhere) earned the coveted Golden Leopard juried prize at the 65th annual Locarno Film Festival today in Switzerland. Brisseau shot the film, which has not yet found a distributor, in his Paris apartment for well under $100,000.

The special jury prize went to American Bob Byington’s Somebody Up There Likes Me, and Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland’s World War II drama Lore earned the public vote after its screening in the Piazza Grande. American Joel Potrykus won best first feature and best emerging director for his feature about a struggling comedian, Ape.

The full list of winners follows: (more…)