Lucile Hadzihalilovic became the first female director to win the Stockholm International Film Festival's annual Bronze Horse award for best film.

Hadzihalilovic won the prize for "Innocence," which tells the story of 6-year-old Iris, who arrives at a boarding school inside a coffin, not knowing why or how she got there or understanding why her classmates tell her she can never leave.

The French film was picked for the award by the festival jury because of its allegorical telling of how a young girl learns to become a woman. It competed against 17 other movies, including American Zach Braff's "Garden State," Hong Kong filmmaker Yan Yan Mak's "Butterfly" and "Primer," a low-budget thriller by Shane Carruth, which was named best movie at this year's Sundance Film Festival.