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Italian drama wins Golden Bear for best film

2012-02-19 01:02:55 GMT2012-02-19 09:02:55(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Italian directors Paolo Taviani (R) and Vittorio Taviani for the movie 'Caesare Deve Morire' ('Caesar Must Die') hold the Golden Bear award for the best film during the awards ceremony at the 62nd Berlinale film festival in Berlin, capital of Germany, on Feb. 18, 2012. (Xinhua/Ma Ning)


BERLIN, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Italian semi-documentary film essay "Caesar Must Die" (Italy) by senior Italian sibling directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, won the Golden Bear for the Best Film, at the awarding ceremony of 62nd Berlinale.

As a distinctive documentary feature film switching between black-and-white and color shooting, the movie is starred with prisoners at a well-known jail taking part in a stage drama show of Shakespeare's masterpiece tragedy "Julius Caesar."

"Caesar Must Die" is noted for having left the viewer to look deep into human's soul. "We hope that the cinemagoers will say that even a prisoner with a dreadful sentence is and remains a human being," said Taviani, the octogenarian director.

"Thanks to the sublime and simple words of Shakespeare, these prisoners for a few days came back to life. It was only a handful of days but they experienced passion and energy and I would like to dedicate this to them," Taviani said.

Taviani, 80, and the eldly brother Vittorio, 82, recalled the name list of the inmates participated in the movie shooting, as they were conferred with the Gold Bear prize from the jury president Mike Leigh.

However, some previously proclaimed favorites ended up without going out empty. German director Christian Petzold was honored with Silver Bear prize for the best director with his delicate feature film "Barbara," which was tipped as the favorite for the Golden Bear. In this film he joined hand with German actress Nina Hoss for the fifth time.

In the film, Hoss plays the role of a female doctor whose exit visa application from former East Germany was turned down, when she later met a hospital colleagues, who approached her in a very amicable way and some kind of paradoxical feelings got her confused in her previous plan.

The cinematographer Lutz Ride Meier was awarded the Silver Bear prize for an outstanding artistic contribution for his work on the Chinese historical drama "White Deer Plain" ("Bai Lu Yuan") directed by Wang Quan'an.

The Silver Bear for best actor and actress went to a young actor from Denmark and an amateur actress from the Democretic Republic of Congo. The Congolese amateur actress Rachel Mwanza was honored for her role as a child soldier in the film "Rebel" of the Canadian director Kim Nguyen.

The movie narrated on Komona, a 12-year-old girl kidnapped from her village by armed rebels, and was forced to gun down her parents and made her commander's mistress.

"I stand here because Mr Kim made it all possible. That is how I had the strength to do it all," she said as she picked up her prize.

The Dane Mikkel Folsgaard Boe received the award for his performance in the period drama "The Queen and the Physician" by Nikolaj Arcel. It plays Folsgaard the Danish King Christian VII, together with Rasmus Heisterberg director Arcel received the prize for best screenplay.

A Silver Bear was awarded to the Hungarian film "Only the Wind." Director Bence Fliegauf received the Grand Jury Prize for his deeply moving work, which tells the story of real events to a series of murders of Hungarian Roma families in a village from 2008 to 2009.

The Alfred Bauer Prize of the 62nd Berlinale, named after the first festival director, went to the Portuguese Miguel Gomes for the black and white film "Taboo," on account of its opening of new perspectives of film art.

The Golden Bear for best short film went to "Rafa" by Joao Salaviza from Portugal.

"Sister," directed by Ursula Meier, won the Silver Bear prize of the International Jury, Special Mention Alfred Bauer Prize -- in memory of the festival's founder. The social drama by Ursula Meier was one of the major contenders for the Golden Bears and was one of the crowd favorites.

Prior to this, the American drama "Keep The Lights On" by Ira Sachs received Been Teddy Award for best feature film, an award at the Film Festival in honoring production that deals in a special way with gay and lesbian issues.

The prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas went to the French Bear contender "Coming Home" by Frederic Videau.


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