Germany: Israeli-French film 'Synonyms' wins Golden Bear

Berlin's 69th International Film Festival wrapped up in Berlin on Saturday, with Israeli-French drama 'Synonyms' by Nadav Lapid winning the top prize. The film, which tells the story of an Israeli trying to put down roots in France, has become the first-ever movie by an Israeli filmmaker to win a Golden Bear award at the Berlinale. «I hope that people will not look only at these films as a... Еще kind of harsh or radical political statement, because it's not. I think that first of all it's a human, existential and artistic statement,» said Lapid after receiving the prize. The Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to Francois Ozon's French drama 'By the Grace of God.' «It is a film that is fighting for breaking the silence, which exists in the Catholic Church in France,» said Ozon, while thanking the Berlinale for selecting his film. «I don't know, if it will be showed in movie theatres, and I don't know if people in France will be able to see it, but we are fighting against this world of silence. That's why this award is a great surprise to us,» he added. Silver Bear for Best Screenplay went to Maurizio Braucci, Claudio Giovannesi and Roberto Saviano for the Italian crime drama 'Piranhas.' German filmmaker Angela Schanelec won best director for her drama 'I Was at Home, But,' while another German movie, Nora Fingscheidt's 'System Crasher,' received the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize.

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