Lav Diaz’s 8-hour film ‘Hele’ wins Alfred Bauer Prize in Berlin

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  • 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)

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