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Hungarian film ‘On Body and Soul’ wins Golden Bear award


Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi bows after receiving the Golden Bear for Best Film for On Body and Soul at a news conference after the award ceremony of the 67th Berlin Film Festival on Saturday.

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A Hungarian love story about two slaughterhouse workers who connect in shared dreams won the top award on Saturday at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

On Body and Soul by writer-director Ildiko Enyedi contrasts the harsh reality of the abattoir with the magical world of slumber.

Enyedi was previously best-known for her 1989 debut film, My 20th Century, which won the Golden Camera award in Cannes that year.

The Golden Bear had been expected to go to the comedy The Other Side of Hope, which instead earned veteran filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki a Silver Bear for best director. The film sees a young Syrian refugee befriending a grouchy Finn, with Kaurismaki’s deadpan humor delivering poignant messages about the horrors of war and the current refugee crisis in Europe.

The jury award went to Felicite, a film by French-Senegalese director Alain Gomis about a singer in a Congolese night club.

South Korea’s Kim Min-hee received the best actress award for her role in On the Beach at Night Alone, about a woman coming to terms with the end of an affair.

Georg Friedrich from Austria was named best actor for Bright Nights, in which he portrays a father trying to reconnect with his teenage son.

A Fantastic Woman by Chilean director Sebastian Lelio received a Silver Bear for best screenplay, shared with Gonzalo Maza. It tells the tale of a transgender woman mourning for her dead lover even as most of those around her remain unwilling to empathize.

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