Iranian film wins big at Berlinale
Iranian-themed pics won big at the Berlinale’s Teddy Queer Film Awards on Thursday, with two documentaries taking a number of prizes.Olaf de Fleur’s “The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela,” about a Filipino lady-boy prostitute who fancies herself the true queen of France, won the best feature Teddy. The Panorama screener, a product of the Berlinale’s Talent Campus, was a combined effort between de Fleur and his fellow Campus alumni, American multihyphenate Stefan Schaefer and Filipina producer Arleen Cuevas. The jury prize went to Tanaz Eshaghian’s doc “Be Like Others,” which looks at the challenges faced by homosexuals in Iran, including the propensity of many to undergo transsexual surgeries in their quest for social acceptance. David Assmann and Ayat Najafi’s “Football Under Cover” won for best doc and also picked up the Volkswagen Audience Award, which was voted upon by some 4,500 Berlinale-goers. The Perspektive Deutsches Kino screener follows two female soccer players, a German and an Iranian, as their respective teams meet for a friendly match in Tehran.