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Swiss honour Pakistani movie
Khamosh Pani director Sabiha Sumar
Ms Sumar's film is about a mother's relationship with her extremist son
Pakistani director Sabiha Sumar has won the top prize at this year's Locarno International Film Festival for her film Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters).

The Swiss festival's jury awarded the Golden Leopard prize to Ms Sumar's film on Saturday.

The film is about a woman's relationship with her son who turns to religious extremism after Pakistan became an Islamic state in 1979.

The jury's special prize went to Romania's Calin Netzer for the film Maria, while Serban Ionescu won best actor for his role in the same film.

The Romanian film tells the story of a mother of seven who turns to prostitution to try and support her family.

Three-way split

The Bosnian film Gali Vatra (Fire!), directed by Pjer Zalica, and the US entrant Thirteen won second and third prize.

For the first time in the festival's history the best actress award was split between three competitors.

Holly Hunter (Thirteen), Diana Dumbrava (Maria) and Kirron Kher (Khamosh Pani) all shared the award.

Nineteen films from 16 countries competed for the award at the festival

The 56th Locarno festival attracted several premières this year, including British film Calendar Girls, which was show to a record audience of nearly 10,000 people in the town's Piaza Grande on 9 August.

The festival this year awarded an honorary prize to left-wing British director Ken Loach.

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