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'Rams,' 'Missing People' take top prizes at Hamptons International Film Festival

Grimur Hakonarson won the 2015 Hamptons International Film

Grimur Hakonarson won the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival's Golden Starfish Award for best narrative, for the movie "Rams," which he wrote and directed. Here, he accepts an award for the film at the Zurich Film Festival in Zurich, Switzerland, on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Credit: EPA / Anthony Anex

An Icelandic drama and a documentary about an unsolved murder took home the top awards at the Hamptons International Film Festival Monday morning.

"Rams," written and directed by Grimur Hakonarson, won the festival's Golden Starfish Award for best narrative. The movie tells the story of two brothers who break a 40-year silence to save their prizewinning sheep from a deadly virus. "Rams" is Iceland's official entry for the Academy Award for best foreign-language film.

The prize was announced by jury member Dan Guando, an acquisitions executive at The Weinstein Company.

"I do a lot of juries throughout the year," he said, "and honestly, this is probably the best collection of films I watched."

The Golden Starfish for best documentary went to "Missing People," about a New York art gallery director who investigates her brother's unsolved murder. The director, David Shapiro, screened his first film at the festival 15 years ago.

"Thank you so much to the Hamptons," he said. "This feels like a second home."

Audience awards will be announced Tuesday. The festival closed Monday night with a screening of Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama "Bridge of Spies" starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance. Alan Alda, who is also in the movie, held a Q&A afterward.

"The Uncondemned," a documentary about Rwandan women lobbying to classify rape as a war crime, won two previously announced awards: the Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution, and the Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice. Michele Mitchell accepted on behalf of her co-director, Nick Louvel, who died in a car accident in East Hampton last month.

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