Wednesday 20 September 2017

UK pair win Berlin festival gongs

Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling hold their Silver Bears for best actor and actress at the Berlin International Film Festival (AP)
Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling hold their Silver Bears for best actor and actress at the Berlin International Film Festival (AP)

British actors Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay have won the top performance awards at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.

The pair won best actress and actor for their portrayal of a couple in British director Andrew Haigh's drama 45 Years.

The Golden Bear for best movie went to Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi's Taxi. Panahi has been unable to leave Iran after he was convicted of making propaganda against the country's ruling system. Authorities imposed a 20-year filmmaking ban on Panahi in 2010, but he has continued to work. movies.

The grand jury prize, which comes with a runner-up Silver Bear, went to Chilean director Pablo Larrain for his movie The Club.

The jury awarded two best director honors: to Romania's Radu Jude for Aferim! and to Malgorzata Szumowska of Poland for Body.

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