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Turkish film 'Bal' wins top honors at Berlinale

Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu's film 'Bal' (Honey) won the Berlin Film Festival's prestigious Golden Bear prize Saturday. The film is about a young boy who goes in search of his father after he fails to return home.

A scene from the film 'Bal'

Slow-burning Turkish film 'Bal' (Honey) is the third installment of director Semih Kaplanoglu's Yusuf Trilogy.

The film tells the story of a young boy in an isolated mountain area who ventures into the forest in search of his father. The film is a Turkish-German co-production.

Roman Polanski meanwhile won best director for his work on 'The Ghost Writer.' Polanski was not able to accept the prize however as he is currently under house arrest in Switzerland facing charges of having sex with a minor dating back to 1977.

The runner-up Jury Prize was won by Romanian film 'If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle,' a hard-hitting drama about a teenager who breaks out of prison in an attempt to stop his mother taking his brother to Italy.

Japanese actress Shinobu Terajima won the best actress award for her role in 'Caterpillar,' while Grigori Dobrygin and Sergei Puskepalis shared the best actor award for Russian film 'How I Ended This Summer,' which also received the award for outstanding artistic contribution.

The two-week Berlinale is among the world's premier film festivals. Twenty films vied for the coveted Golden Bear award, while the festival's public program sees up to 400 films screened, the majority of which are world or European premiers.

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Editor: Sonia Phalnikar

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