Berlin: 'Tomcat' Wins Teddy Award for Best Film

Tomcat still 1 - H 2016
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The drama, from Austrian actor-turned-director Handl Klaus, sees violence shatter the blissful lives of a gay couple living in Vienna.

Handl Klaus' Tomcat, a film about an Austrian gay couple whose romantic, carefree lives are shattered by violence, won the Teddy Award for best film at the Berlin International Film Festival on Sunday.

The Teddys, now celebrating their 30th anniversary, are the world's oldest awards honoring LGBT cinema.

The jury gave a special award to You Will Never Be Alone from Chilean helmer Alex Anwandter, which also examines the impact of violence on gay life. The pic tells the story of Juan, a manager at a mannequin factory, whose gay teenager is nearly killed in a brutal attack.

Sara Jordeno's Kiki, which explores New York's vibrant vogueing culture, took home the Teddy for best documentary, while Joanna Rytel's Moms on Fire earned best short film honors.

The Teddy audience award was given to Paris 5:59 (Theo & Hugo dans le meme bateau), a gritty young love story from French filmmakers Oliver Ducastel and Jacques Martineau.

The readers of Berlin gay magazine Manner hailed Brazilian director Anna Muylaerts' Don’t Call Me Son, which follows a cross-dressing teenage boy who finds out he was stolen at birth and is then forced to move in with his wealthy biological parents.

Christine Vachon, producer of such groundbreaking LGBT films as Poison, Boys Don't Cry and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, received this year's Teddy Award for lifetime achievement.