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article imageBerlinale: Polanski wins the Silver Bear for the best director Special

By Riccardo Valsecchi     Feb 20, 2010 in Entertainment
Berlin - The 60th Berlin International Film Festival ended with the triumph of Eastern movies and the controversial prize awarded to the Polish-French director Roman Polanski
On Feb. 20, during the final gala event in the Berlinale Palast, the seven-member jury led by German director Werner Herzog presented the winners of Berlinale 2010.
The prestigious Golden Bear has been assigned to the Turkish director Semith Kaplanoglu and his movie "Honey", the story of a struggling pupil who loses his father in an accident.
The Romanian movie "If I want to whistle, I whistle" by Florin Serban won the Jury Grand Prix and the Alfred Bauer prize, awarded in memory of the Festival founder, for a work of particular innovation.
Three Silver Bear were assigned to the to the Russian movie "How I ended this summer": to Pavel Kostomarov for the best camera, and to Grigori Dobrygin and Sergei Puskepalis ex aequo for the Best Actor.
Berlinale Gala 2010: Alexer Popogrebsky (Best Camera)  Grigory Dobrygin (Best Actor) and Sergei Pusk...
Berlinale Gala 2010: Alexer Popogrebsky (Best Camera), Grigory Dobrygin (Best Actor) and Sergei Puskepalis (Best Actor) - "How I ended this summer"
The Silver Bear for the best director was instead assigned to the Polish-French director Roman Polansky, in competition with the movie "The Ghost Writer". Polanski, 76, missed out the prize-giving, due to his house arrest in Switzerland for having sex with a 13-year-old American girl in 1977.
The prize was withdrawn by his producer Alain Sarde, who quoted a confidential given to him by the awarded director himself some days ago: "Even if i could come, I wouldn't because the last time I was awarded with a prize in a festival I ended up in jail."
The other Silver Bears were assigned to Shinobu Terajima for the best actress, Wang Quan'an and Na Jin for the best script.
Berlinale Gala 2010: Semih Kaplanoglu  Golden Bear with Bal (Honey)
Berlinale Gala 2010: Semih Kaplanoglu, Golden Bear with Bal (Honey)
The Berlinale Camera 2010, a prize awarded to a film personality or an institution to whom the film festival feels especially attached, is the Japanese master director Yoji Yamanda.
Hanna Schygulla and Wolfgang Kohlhaase, the 2010 Honorary Golden Bears, attended also the ceremony.
Berlinale Gala 2010: Wag Quan- An  Best Script Prize with  Apart together
Berlinale Gala 2010: Wag Quan-'An, Best Script Prize with "Apart together"
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