Screenwriter Oren Moverman's directorial debut has wowed critics at the Deauville American Film Festival in France - his movie The Messenger was named winner of the Grand Prize on Sunday (13Sep09).
The film, which stars Ben Foster as a soldier who returns from a tour of duty in Iraq, was handed the event's top accolade by the festival jury, led by Amelie filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
The Messenger also picked up the International Critics' Prize.
The Deauville American Film Festival aims to boost the popularity of independent U.S. movies.