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Child's Pose takes Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival

Child's Pose

Story by Jack Foley

ROMANIAN film Child’s Pose has taken the coveted Golden Bear prize for best film at the 63rd Berlin film festival.

Directed by Calin Peter Netzer, the film tells the story of a wealthy mother who uses her connections to try and stop her son from going to jail.

The film, which also proved to be an audience favourite, garnered rave reviews for its direction and for leading lady Luminita Gheorghiu.

Netzer said he was “a little bit speechless” by the win.

An Episode In The Life of an Iron Picker was another of Berlin’s big successes, picking up two prizes: the Best Actor Silver Bear for lead Nazif Mujic and the Silver Bear Jury Prize.

The film, directed by Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tanovic, focuses on a real-life case that caused a national scandal in Bosnia when a poor Roma family was refused medical treatment.

Tanovic convinced the real Mujic family to play themselves.

American filmmaker David Gordon Green won best director for his comic road movie Prince Avalanche starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, while best actress went to Chile’s Paulina Garcia for her role as a Santiago divorcee in Gloria.

Special mentions went to both Gus van Sant’s Promised Land, starring Matt Damon, and the South African thriller Layla Fourie from director PIa Marais.

This year’s Berlin competition jury was headed by director Wong Kar Wai and featured Oscar-winners Tim Robbins and Susanne Bier.

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