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Hungarian love story wins top honour at Berlin Film Festival

  • Published at 06:05 pm February 19th, 2017
  • Last updated at 06:12 pm February 19th, 2017
Hungarian love story wins top honour at Berlin Film Festival
The drama directed by Ildiko Enyedi, one of the four female filmmakers in competition, features graphic scenes in a slaughterhouse set against the budding romance of two people who share a recurring dream. Po Acting awards went to Georg Friedrich for Bright Nights, and Kim Min-hee for On the Beach at Night Alone, while the prize for the festival’s best director went to Aki Kaurismaki for a European refugee comedy, The Other Side of Hope. The Hungarian filmmaker, Ildiko Enyedi thanked the festival for embracing her first full-length feature in 18 years. Moreover, she spoke about the difficult working conditions in the country under its current Prime Minister Viktor Orban. “We live in a more and more absurd country, frighteningly absurd country,” she expressed. Led by filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, the international jury, which also included Maggie Gyllenhaal and Diego Luna - “fell in love” with On Body and Soul, as Verhoeven said in a statement. The awards were announced at a ceremony in Berlin on Saturday night, at the conclusion of the 67th edition of Berlin International Film Festival that commenced on February 9.     Major winners of Berlin 2017:
  • Golden Bear for Best Film: On Body And Soul by Ildiko Enyedi
  • Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize: Félicité by Alain Gomis
  • Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize: Pokot by Agnieszka Holland
  • Silver Bear for Best Director: Aki Kaursimaki, The Other Side Of Hope
  • Silver Bear for Best Actress: Min-hee Kim, On The Beach At Night Alone
  • Silver Bear for Best Actor: Georg Friedrich, Bright Nights
  • Silver Bear for Best Screenplay: Sebastian Lelio, Gonzalo Maza, A Fantastic Woman
  • Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution: Dana Bunescu, editor, Ana, Mon Amour
  • Glashutte documentary award: Ghost Hunting
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