Persepolis, the French-produced animated drama about an Iranian girl, continues to take the world by storm, winning the People's Choice award at the Vancouver International Film Festival, which ended Friday.

The film is apparently a force to be reckoned with. It was chosen to represent France at the Oscars at the exclusion of other worthy entries like La Vie en Rose. It was a jury-prize winner at Cannes. It's had a place of honor at other fests, including being the closing-night film at the New York Film Festival. It seems a shoo-in for a spot in Oscar's Best Animated Feature category, and is a likely contender for the foreign-language category as well.

You cannot stop Persepolis! You can only hope to contain it.

Meanwhile, Garbage Warrior won the People's Choice documentary award at Vancouver. The directorial debut by the U.K.'s Oliver Hodge, the doc is about a maverick architect who has sought to build self-sustaining, eco-friendly, off-the-grid houses -- hard to do in a land of bureaucratic housing regulations and arcane zoning laws.

The audience award for Most Popular Canadian Film went to She's a Boy I Knew, a documentary in which director Gwen Haworth -- formerly Steven Haworth -- tells her story. Up the Yangtze was named Best Canadian Documentary, and Normal, about strangers brought together by a young person's death, won the Western Canada Feature Film award.
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