Good day for a 'Swim' short


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BERLIN -- "A Good Day for a Swim," a short film by Romaninan director Bogdan Mustata, has won the Golden Bear for best short. The film follows three juvenile delinquents who break out of prison and head for the beach.

"The film raises questions about its issues rather than bring resolution to them. It does so in a very precise and unpredictable way," said the Berlinale Shorts jury in announcing its decision. "We feel that it is one of the most precious things when a film stays with you and keeps unraveling long after the final credits have ended."

Indian director Siddharth Sinha won the Silver Bear for her coming-of-age story "(Un)ravel."

"Frankie," from Irish director Darren Thornton, about a 15-year-old who is about to become a father, won the Prix UIP, a 2,000 euro short-film award backed by distributor Universal International Pictures and the European Film Academy.

Russian director Olga Popova won the DAAD short film for "In the Theme," which focuses on a young couple celebrating their first wedding anniversary. The DAAD comes with a three-month scholarship for the director.

The three-person jury -- French actor Marc Barbe, Romanian producer Ada Solomon and German director Laura Tonke -- selected the winners from the 29 short films screening at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.