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‘Contact’ captures Bear for best short

Dutch pic tells same story from three POVs

BERLIN — Helmer Hanro Smitsman’s “Contact” scooped the Berlinale’s Golden Bear for short film on Wednesday.

The jury — Nigerian producer Peace Anyiam-Fiberesima, Estonian producer Riina Sildos and Chinese helmer Ning Ying — gave the top prize to the 10-minute pic from the Netherlands, which tells the same story from the POV of three protags.

Silver Bears went to French helmer Manuel Schapira’s comedy “Pick-Up” and Arvin Chen’s “Mei.” Chen, the son of Taiwanese emigrants, grew up in San Francisco and attended film school at the University of Southern California.

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