Valladolid, Spain (AP) _ ``East is East,'' a comedy about a mixed-race family in northern England directed by newcomer Damien O'Donnell, was awarded the Golden Ear of Corn for best picture at the Valladolid Film Festival in Spain on Saturday.

Tim Roth won the second-place Silver Ear of Corn for his far darker journey into family life and incest in ``The War Zone,'' the actor's debut as a director.

Linda Basset, who plays the Caucasian wife of a Pakistani shopkeeper in ``East is East,'' was named as best actress by the jury of the international film festival, held yearly in this north-central Spanish city.

Japanese actor/director Beat Takeshi was named best actor for his role in his own film ``Kikujiro,'' a humorous journey of self-discovery marking a departure from the gangster focus of his previous movies.