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Iran wins first Golden Bear

Iran wins first Golden Bear
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The hot favourite has won the Golden Lion at the Berlin film festival.

Iranian drama “Nader and Simin – A separation” by Asghar Farhadi reveals a marriage in crisis and the class struggle in Iran between middle class intellectuals and poorer Iranians for whom religion and honour is more important. It is the first Iranian winner of the prize.

“The Berlinale is seen as the most political of the big film festivals. But there are two opinions about this movie’s politics. Some say its human approach avoiding politics is outstanding, while others say it’s soft on the Iranian authorities and that’s why it escaped censorship. One thing is for sure: interest in the film will now grow,” said euronews’ correspondent Sebastian Saam.

The cast’s leading members, three men and two women, were also given the best actor and actress award collectively.

Hungary’s Bela Tarr won the Silver Bear for his black and white “The Turin Horse”, which he says will be his last film. He gave no speech, which should surprise no-one as the movie has very little dialogue as it slowly examines the bleak lives of a farmer and his daughter on a lonely, windswept island, set to a relentless droning score that becomes a character in itself. It has sharply divided the critics.