‘Child’s Pose,’ Romanian Film, Wins Top Prize At Berlinale

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The winner of the Golden Bear, the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival, is a Romanian film called Child’s Pose by Calin Peter Netzer about a mother who tries to cover up her son’s culpability in a fatal accident.

In an attempt to keep her son, who was speeding when the accident occurred, out of prison, the wealthy and socially prominent mother bribes witnesses to the accident, the AP reports.

The Berlinale’s second prize, the Silver Bear, went to a film about a gypsy (Roma/Romany) in Bosnia called An Incident In The Life Of An Iron Picker about a Roma couple whose baby dies in the womb. The film is a reenactment of the couple’s own struggle to find support after the baby’s death; the husband, who collects scrap metal for a living, took home the top acting prize.

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Berlinale Unveils Classics Retrospective Lineup

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Sundance may have come to a close this week, but the annual Berlin International Film Festival kicks off Thursday and will host the premiere of a plethora of new films, running until the 17th. And just in, the festival—which shows about 400 films per yearhas announced an expanded retrospective titled, Berlin Classics. With each film presented by a prominent festival guest, the retrospective will screen recently restored classic films, featuring the European premiere of the 3D Dial M for Murder and the world premiere of a new restoration of On the Waterfront. Yesterday we saw the cast of Cabaret reunite on the Today Show, marking the 40th anniversary of Bob Fosse’s masterpiece musical. Some of the films in competition at the festival include the long-awaited Before Midnight, Camille Claudel 1915, Night Train to Lisbon, Prince Avalanche, Child’s Pose, and In the Name of. Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster will be opening the ceremony. 

Here are the five films included in the Berlin Classics. 

Cabaret, 1972
Directed by Bob Fosse

On the Waterfront, 1954
Directed by Elia Kazan

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Dial M for Murder, 1954
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Der Student von Prag (The Student of Prague), 1935
Directed by Arthur Robison

Tokyo Story, 1953
Directed by Yasujirô Ozu