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Berlin 2012: 'My Brother the Devil' Wins Europa Cinema Label Prize

My Brother the Devil
"My Brother the Devil"

The feature debut from U.K. director Sally El Hossaini is a coming-of-age story about two British Arabs.

BERLIN -- The British film My Brother The Devil, written and directed by Sally El Hosaini, has won the prize for Best European Film from the Europa Cinemas Label network.

The feature, which premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlin film festival, is a coming-of-age tale focusing on two British Arabs living in the dismal London borough of Hackney. They confront gang violence, sexual awakening and their own ingrained prejudices as they struggle to find their way in the world.

"My Brother The Devil is a refreshingly subtle film from a very talented new British filmmaker," said the European Cinemas jury in its decision.  "It does not deal in the usual stereotypes of drugs and violence expressed in many contemporary films about immigrant family life in European cities. Beautifully shot, the film draws you into the well-rounded characters’ lives and keeps you interested in each throughout."

The Europa Cinemas Label also gave a special mention to the drama Dollhouse from Irish director Kirsten Sheridan, the daughter of six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan, for "its innovative approach, the atmosphere it creates, and the way it grips the audience throughout.”

The Europa Cinemas network, which turns 20 this year, is an association of art house cinemas representing nearly 3,000 screens across Europe, Asia and Latin America which is dedicated to the distribution and promotion of European films.