Berlin: Swedish Drama 'My Skinny Sister' Wins Crystal Bear for Best Children's Film

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'My Skinny Sister'

Indian feature 'Rainbow' is voted best film by Berlin's international children's jury.

My Skinny Sister, Sanna Lenken's coming-of-age drama, partial inspired by the director's own battle with anorexia, has won the Crystal Bear, the top prize of the Berlin Film Festival's Generation Kplus sidebar, which honors children and youth films.

The film, Lenken's debut, is proving something of a crowd favorite as well. My Skinny Sister won the audience award at the Gothenburg Film Festival earlier this year. Critics are already calling it a Nordic Little Miss Sunshine.

The Generation Kplus jury gave a special mention to Rainbow, an Indian drama from director Nagesh Kukunoor, the story of a ten-year-old girl and her blind younger brother who set off on a trip across the desert to meet Bollywood legend Shah Rukh Kahn.

Gift of My Father from director Salam Salman won the Crystal Bear for best short for his film, while An Vrombaut's The Tie won a special mention in the same category.

The children's Kplus jury, made up of trio of young European film fans, gave their top prize to Rainbow and special mention to My Skinny Sister. Their short film winner was Giovanni and the Water Ballet from Dutch director Astrid Bussink, and Swedish short Agnes by Anja Lind received a special mention.

Marielle Heller's sexual coming-of-age drama The Diary of a Teenage Girl, won the top prize for the Berlin's Generation 14plus section, which features films that target teenagers and older viewers.