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By the River (Sai Nam Tid Shoer), the latest documentary by Nontawat Numbenchapol, was awarded a special mention at the 66th Locarno Film Festival.
Making its world premiere in the Swiss film fest's Concorso Cineasti del presente Windows of Discovery competition, By the River deals with an environmental case along Klity Creek in Kanchanaburi province. Contamination from a lead mine ruined fishing and livelihoods for a Karen village there, and a lawsuit over the matter dragged on in Thai courts for 15 years.
Earlier this year, Nontawat released another documentary, Boundary, about the controversial topic of the Thai-Cambodian border. It premiered in Berlin and Nontawat shepherded it around to cinemas in Thailand for a limited run.
Other awards in Locarno included the Golden Leopard went to Albert Serra's La Historia de la Meva Mort (Story Of My Death), Best Actress for Brie Larson in Short Term 12, the Variety Piazza Grand Award for Balthasar Kormakur's 2 Guns and best actor to Fernando Bacilio for the Vega brothers' El Mudo. South Korea's Hong Sang-soo won best director for Our Suhni.
The complete list of awards is at Deadline.