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Berlin: Crystal Bears Go to ’52 Tuesdays,’ ‘Killa’

LONDON — Australian film “52 Tuesdays,” helmed by Sophie Hyde, won the Crystal Bear for a film in the Berlin Film Festival’s Generation 14plus section, which covers pics about young people. The Crystal Bear for a pic in the Generation Kplus section, which covers films about children, went to India’s “Killa,” helmed by Avinash Arun.

The jury said of “52 Tuesdays”: “The situation is exceptional but familiar. This year’s winning movie is both surprising and touching. It is a movie about family and the quest for identity, and despite all the conflicts, the protagonists stay connected through their love to each other.

“The moving story is presented in a fascinating structure and convinces with strong characters, humor, clever ideas and sensitivity.”

The jury said of “Killa”: “This film convinced us in all respects: with its good camera-work and the great actors, but also because of its incredibly beautiful nature images, which blend perfectly with the music. This film made us all want to discover India.”

A special mention in the Generation 14plus section went to Spain’s “Artico,” helmed by Gabri Velazquez.

“This film dared to do it differently,” the jury said. “In a unique manner this film interwove sentences, rhythm, audio and content, creating an overall picture. Supported by strong images it developed its very own film language and impressed us with that.”

The special mention for a pic in the Generation Kplus section went to Japan’s “Hitono Nozomino Yorokobiyo,” directed by Masakazu Sugita.

“Out of so many wonderful movies, this film in particular touched us and carried us away,” the jury said. “Due to the fantastic actors, especially the terrific young protagonists, we could empathize with their experiences and were even moved to tears. Down to the smallest details, in this story everything fits together.”

OTHER AWARDS IN GENERATION 14PLUS
CRYSTAL BEAR OF THE YOUTH JURY FOR SHORT FILM IN GENERATION 14PLUS:
“Mike,” dir: Petros Silvestros, U.K.

SPECIAL MENTION OF THE YOUTH JURY FOR SHORT FILM IN GENERATION 14PLUS:
“Emo (the Musical),” dir: Neil Triffett, Australia

GRAND PRIX OF INT’L JURY FOR FEATURE FILM IN GENERATION 14PLUS:
“Violet,” dir: Bas Devos, Belgium/Netherlands

SPECIAL MENTION OF INT’L JURY FOR FEATURE IN GENERATION 14PLUS:
“Einstein and Einstein,” dir: Cao Baoping, China

SPECIAL PRIZE OF INT’L JURY FOR SHORT FILM IN GENERATION 14PLUS:
“Vetrarmorgun,” dir: Sakaris Stora, Faroe Islands

SPECIAL MENTION OF INT’L JURY FOR SHORT FILM IN GENERATION 14PLUS:
“Son,” dir: Kristoffer Kiorboe, Denmark

OTHER AWARDS IN GENERATION KPLUS
CRYSTAL BEAR OF CHILDREN’S JURY FOR SHORT FILM IN GENERATION KPLUS:
“Sprout,” dir: Ga-eun Yoon, Korea

SPECIAL MENTION OF CHILDREN’S JURY FOR SHORT IN GENERATION KPLUS:
“Sepatu Baru,” dir: Aditya Ahmad, Indonesia

GRAND PRIX OF INT’L JURY FOR FEATURE FILM IN GENERATION KPLUS:
“Ciencias Naturales,” dir: Matias Lucchesi, Argentina/France

SPECIAL MENTION FROM INT’L JURY FOR FEATURE IN GENERATION KPLUS:
“Killa,” dir: Avinash Arun, India

SPECIAL PRIZE OF INT’L JURY FOR SHORT IN GENERATION KPLUS:
“Moy lichniy los,” dir: Leonid Shmelkov, Russia

SPECIAL MENTION FROM INT’L JURY FOR SHORT IN GENERATION KPLUS:
“El,” dir: Roland Ferge, Hungary

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