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Palestinian director wins Berlin Film Festival award

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Palestinian director Raed Andoni won the Berlin Film Festival’s award for original documentary film for the movie “Ghost Hunting”.

“The president of the United States yesterday called the press the enemy of the people,” said American filmmaker Laura Poitras in presenting the award. “We documentarians are here to say we are the enemies of nationalism and exclusion.”

A Hungarian love story called “On Body and Soul” about two lonely hearts working in a slaughterhouse in Budapest won the Golden Bear for best film.

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.

South Korea's Kim Min-hee won the Silver Bear for best actress for “On the Beach at Night Alone”.

The grand jury prize went to “Felicite”, a French-Senegalese-Belgian production directed by Alain Gomis about a charismatic woman who works as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa and brightens the lives of her audiences.

Finland's Aki Kaurismaki won the Silver Bear for best director with his film “The Other Side of Hope”.