Monday, October 4, 1999 Published at 09:41 GMT 10:41 UK
Golden prize for Human Traffic
Justin Kerrigan receives his award from the Earl of Wessex
The film Human Traffic - which deals with Cardiff's club and drug culture - received royal approval on Sunday when the Earl of Wessex presented director Justin Kerrigan with a Golden Hitchcock award.
Watched by his wife Sophie, Prince Edward presented Kerrigan with the prize at the 10th British Film Festival in Dinard, northern France.
A panel of judges, led by French actress Jane Birkin and including Full Monty star Mark Addy, voted Human Traffic as their favourite film of the festival.
Grasping his award so tightly he broke it, 25-year-old Kerrigan said: "This is a very surreal moment for all of us. The fact that people turned up was really a plus."
But not everyone agreed with the judges' choice - part of the audience booed when the surprise decision was announced.
Other winners included Following, Christopher Nolan's film about a young stalker, and Fanny and Elvis, which follows a woman's search for a sperm donor, starring Kerry Fox and directed by Kay Mellor.
Other films in competition included Final Cut, set at a wake and starring Jude Law and Sadie Frost. Janice Beard 45WPM is the story of a woman who works in a typing pool who gets involved in romance and industrial espionage, featuring Patsy Kensit and Rhys Ifans.
Bitter-sweet drama Milk, starring Joss Ackland and Dawn French, was also in competition.
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