'Revanche' bears Euro nod
Empty"Revanche," a crime drama set in rural Austria by director Gotz Spielmann, has won the best European Film Award at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.
The prize, presented by the Europa Cinemas Label, a network of about 1,700 art house cinemas throughout Europe, honors a film screening in the Berlinale's Panorama sidebar section.
A tale of guilt and revenge, Spielmann's film centers on Axel, a low-ranking criminal who falls in love with one of the girls in his bosses' brothel. It stars Johannes Krisch, Irina Potapenko and Andreas Lust. Germany's the Match Factory is handling international sales on the picture.
The Berlinale's Teddy Award for best film with a gay theme was awarded Thursday night to Olaf de Fleur's "The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela."
The Icelandic film is set in the Philippines and centers on a transsexual prostitute who dreams of marrying a white Western man. The Teddy jury prize went to "Be Like Others," from Tanaz Eshaghian, a look at the oppression of homosexuals in Iran.
The best documentary Teddy went to "Football Under Cover," from David Assmann and Ayat Najafi. The crowd-pleasing film follows a soccer match in Iran between the Iranian national women's team and a team of young women from the Kreuzberg district of Berlin.