‘Touch Me Not’ won the Golden Bear prize for best film at Berlin film festival

Vastavam web: “Touch Me Not”, a film about intimacy and sex that shocked some viewers with explicit scenes, won the Golden Bear prize for best film at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday.Romanian director Adina Pintilie said she had not expected to win the award for her film, which blurs reality and fiction as it follows characters who seek intimacy yet also fear it.

“This is why I think for many people this film might not be comfortable but at the same time we challenge you, the viewer, to dialogue and to look at yourself,” Pintilie said.The Silver Bear award for best director was given to U.S. director Wes Anderson for “Isle of Dogs” – an animated movie about a Japanese city that deports its dogs to a garbage dump island during an outbreak of canine flu.“I never thought that I would go to work as a dog and come home with a bear,” he joked as he held the Silver Bear trophy.

“I prayed a lot to receive a bear,” Bajon told a news conference after the awards ceremony, adding: “It’s very important to show drug addicts that there is a way out of their addiction – in this movie it is the monastery, it is religion that helps this person.”And Ana Brun received the best actress award for her role as a reclusive woman who ends up taxiing older ladies around when her partner gets sent to prison in Marcelo Martinessi’s “Las herederas” (The Heiresses). That film also won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer prize for a feature that opens new perspectives.

Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska’s “Twarz” (Mug) – about a man who has a face transplant after an accident – took the Silver Bear grand jury prize.
Elena Okopnaya won an award for outstanding artistic contribution for costume and production design in Russian director Alexey German Jr.’s biopic “Dovlatov” about the 20th century writer Sergei Dovlatov.The awards were decided by a six-person jury headed by German director Tom Tykwer. At the festival, which runs from Feb. 15 to Feb. 25, around 400 films are being screened. Of those, 19 were competing for the top Golden Bear prize.