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Romanian movie "Child's Pose" wins at Berlin fest

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm •  Published: February 16, 2013

American filmmaker David Gordon Green was honored as best director for "Prince Avalanche," a movie about two road workers whiling their way through a long, monotonous summer with little more than each other for company. It's a remake of an Icelandic film, "Either Way."

The best script award went to dissident Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi for "Closed Curtain," a film that he co-directed with longtime friend Kamboziya Partovi in defiance of a ban on filmmaking. The film, in which the two directors play the main roles, reflects Panahi's frustration at being unable to work officially — it's set inside an isolated seaside villa, much of the time with the curtains drawn.

Partovi accepted the award, telling the audience that "it's never been possible to stop a thinker and a poet."

The prize for outstanding artistic achievement went to Aziz Zhambakiyev for his camerawork in Kazakh director Emir Baigazin's "Harmony Lessons," which centers on a teenager tormented by his schoolmates.

The festival's Alfred Bauer prize for innovation went to Canadian director Denis Cote's "Vic+Flo Saw a Bear."

The winners were chosen by a seven-member jury led by filmmaker Wong Kar-wai.