Drama on aftermath of Bosnian war wins Golden Bear at Berlin film festival

Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica," a film examining how a single mother and her 12-year-old daughter cope with the aftermath of the Bosnian war, won the top prize at the Berlin film festival on Saturday.

The movie, a joint Austrian-Bosnian-German-Croatian production, beat out 18 rivals to secure the Golden Bear award for the best film at the closing ceremony for the festival in the German capital.

The eight-strong jury led by British actress Charlotte Rampling selected two runners-up: "Offside," a comedy that uses soccer mania to highlight the struggle for women's rights in Iran, and Danish-Swedish production "En Soap" ("A Soap").

The jury selected Britain's Michael Winterbottom as best director for "The Road to Guantanamo."

The best actor and actress awards both went to Germany: Moritz Bleibtreu for his role in "Elementarteilchen" ("The Elementary Particles"), based of the novel by Michel Houellebecq; and Sandra Hueller, who starred in "Requiem", reports AP.


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