Special mention goes to 'Mary and Max'

David Lee Miller’s “My Suicide,” about a world-weary teen who announces his intention to make a movie about his suicide and so triggers a storm of attention, has won the Berlinale’s Crystal Bear for best feature in the Generation 14plus youth film section.

The Generation youth jury said the pic, which stars Gabriel Sunday, David Carradine and Mariel Hemingway, persuasively tackles “a theme, which is both current and extremely tragic for young people.”

A special mention went to Adam Elliot’s “Mary and Max,” an Australian clay-animated work voiced by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette and Eric Bana, about two pen pals, an 8-year-old girl from Melbourne and a 44-year-old New Yorker afflicted by autism.

New Zealand’s “Aphrodite’s Farm,” by Adam Strange, took the Crystal Bear for best short, while David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn’s animated Scandinavian production “Slavar,” a documentary about child slaves in Sudan, won special mention.

The Generation award ceremony and the screening of the winning film took place Friday in Berlin’s Babylon cinema.

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