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Migrant film wins Locarno prize
Film director Andrea Staka
Andrea Staka's family is of Yugoslav origin
A film about three female migrants from the former Yugoslavia has won the prestigious Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival.

The Swiss-German production Das Fraulein (The Young Lady) is the story of an encounter between the three immigrants, who settle in Switzerland.

The movie is the first full-length feature by Swiss director Andrea Staka.

The jury's special prize went to US film Half Nelson by Ryan Fleck, about a professor's battle with drug abuse.

Amber Tamblyn won the Leopard prize for best actress for her role in another US film, Stephanie Daley.

German actor Burghart Klaussner won the best actor prize for his portrayal of a diplomat in Der Mann von der Botschaft (The Man From the Embassy).

The 59th Locarno festival ended on Saturday, having featured 20 films in competition from 15 different countries.

The Leopard of Honour was presented to Russian film-maker Alexander Sokurov on Friday.


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