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Hungarian drama Testről és lélekről wins the Golden Bear

“Testről és lélekről” (“On Body and Soul“) has won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.  The Hungarian film, directed by Ildikó Enyedi, is a love story set in a slaughterhouse in Budapest.

Jury president Paul Verhoeven said the seven-member panel had fallen in love with the film because it reminded people of something too often forgotten in everyday life: compassion.

The Film Festival awarded prizes to very different films: Silver Bear for best director went to Finland’s Aki Kaurismaki for his comedy “Toivon tuolla puolen (“The Other Side of Hope”).

The Grand Jury Prize went to Alain Gomis and his film “Felicite“, a French-Senegalese-Belgian production. The film tells the story of an about a charismatic woman who works as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa and brightens the lives of her audiences.

Kim Min-hee won the Silver Bear for best actress for the South Korean drama ” Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja” (“On the Beach at Night Alone”).

Finally the Silver Bear for best actor went to Austrian Georg Friedrich for his performance in “Helle Naechte” (“Bright Nights”), a German-Norwegian father-son drama.

The Festival showcased 18 films in competition and 403 in sidebar screens.

Stanley Berenboom

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