Lav Diaz’s recent opus, the eight-hour “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (Lullaby to Sorrowful Mystery)” wins the Alfred Bauer Prize for work of particular innovation in the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, the Agence France-Presse reported on Sunday morning (Manila time).
One of Diaz’s long-time collaborator-actresses, Kristine Kintana, also posted in her Facebook account a photo of the Filipino team receiving the award.
“I want to dedicate this to all filmmakers who think that cinema can affect change,” Diaz, as quoted by Kintana, said before the crowd.
“Hele” has Filipino heartthrobs John Lloyd Cruz and Piolo Pascual in the cast.
The rest of the winners of the main prizes follows:
Golden Bear for best film: “Fuocoammare” (Fire at Sea), Gianfranco Rosi, Italy/France
Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear: “Smrt u Sarajevu” (Death in Sarajevo), Danis Tanovic, Bosnia/France
Silver Bear for best director: Mia Hansen-Love for “L’avenir” (Things to Come), France/Germany
Silver Bear for best actress: Trine Dyrholm in “Kollektivet” (The Commune), Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands
Silver Bear for best actor: Majd Mastoura in “Hedi”, Tunisia/Belgium/France
Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution (camera): Mark Lee Ping-Bing for “Chang Jiang Tu” (Crosscurrent), China
Silver Bear for best script: Tomasz Wasilewski for “Zjednoczone stany milosci” (United States of Love), Poland/Sweden
Best first feature film: “Inhebbek Hedi” (Hedi) by Mohamed Ben Attia, Tunisia/Belgium/France
Golden Bear for best short film: “Balada de um Batraquio” (Batrachian’s Ballad), Leonor Teles, Portugal
Teddy for best feature film with gay or lesbian context: “Kater” (Tomcat), Haendl Klaus, Austria
Teddy for best documentary film with gay or lesbian context: “Kiki” (Kiki), Sara Jordeno, Sweden/the United States. (TVJ, INQ)