“The Milk of Sorrow” or “La Teta Asustada” has won the Golden Bear award for best picture at the Berlin Film Festival.
The mournful Spanish-Peruvian production revolves around Fausta, the child of a rape inflicted on her mother during the decades of political violence in Peru from the 1980s to 1990s.
It was directed by Claudia Llosa.
The jury was chaired by the British actress Tilda Swinton who presented the coveted award on the closing night of the 11-day showcase of international cinema.
“This is for Peru, this is for our country,” Claudia Llosa told the awards ceremony.
Festival organisers said the film, considered an outsider for the top prize, was the first Peruvian film to feature in the main competition line-up in Berlin.
The best actor award went to Malian,Sotigui Kouyate for “London River”.
Also starring Brenda Belthyn, the moving film recounts the story of two parents in London looking for children who go missing after the suicide bomb attacks in the city in 2005.
On a big night for South America, Uruguay’s Gigante, picked up two major prizes. It shared the runner-up Silver Bear with German entry, “Everyone Else” and the Alfred Baur award for innovation in filmmaking.