Berlin: Gabriel Ripstein's '600 Miles' Wins Best First Feature Prize

Tim Roth stars in the drama as an ATF agent caught on the wrong side of the border.

600 Miles, the directorial debut of Mexican filmmaker Gabriel Ripstein, has won the best first feature award at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

Tim Roth stars in 600 Miles as an ATF agent who lands on the wrong side of the Mexican border and gets caught up with Mexican gunrunners. Ripstein is the son of Mexican auteur Arturo Ripstein (Deep Crimson, No One Writes to the Colonel).

His low-key and realistic thriller won over Berlin's first features jury, made up of actress and former Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace), Act of Killing director Joshua Oppenheimer and Mexican filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke (Lake Tahoe).

"This isn't a gangster thriller, it's a much deeper and more involving drama than the plot summary would suggest," Oppenheimer told THR

Berlin's first feature award, given to the best debut film screening in one of the Berlin Film Festival's main sections, comes with a cash bursary of $57,000 (€50,000). The prize money is to be split between the producer and the director of the winning film.