'Milk of Sorrow,' 'Nord' honored in Berlin

10:30 AM PST 02/13/2009 by Scott Roxborough, AP

'Love Exposure,' 'My Suicide' among other winners

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BERLIN -- Claudia Llosa's well-received "The Milk of Sorrow," a drama set in Peru that comments on the human rights abuses in the government's long war with Shining Path guerrillas, won the FIPRESCI award for best film screening in the Berlin International Film Festival's competition section.

"Nord," from Norway's Rune Denstad Langlo, succinctly described as an "antidepressive off-road movie," took the FIPRESCI award for best film in Berlin's Panorama section while Sono Sion's four-hour camp epos "Love Exposure" won in the Forum category.

"Nord" also shared the top prize of the European Cinemas Label with French drama "Welcome" from Philippe Lioret.

The two films were picked by a jury of European cinema exhibitors and both will now receive promotional and distributional support for their European theatrical releases.

In other Berlinale awards news, "My Suicide," from American director David Lee Miller, won the best feature film prize in Berlin's youth film section Generation 14plus. The drama, which combines animation and traditional drama to tell the story of a world-weary teenager suffering from media overload, has been one of the critical hits of the Berlinale.

The Youth Jury gave a special mention to Adam Elliot's claymation effort "Mary & Max," which features the voice talent of Toni Collette and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Canadian film "C'est pas moi! Je le jure!" from Philippe Falardeau took the top prize for Generation's children's film section. The tragicomedy was singled out in particular for the standout performance from young Quebecois actor Antoine L'Ecuyer.

"Max Pinlig" a coming-of-age tale from Danish director Lotte Svendsen and "Flickan" from Sweden's Fredrik Edfeldt both received a special mention from the Generation's children's jury.
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