'Milk of Sorrow' takes top nod in Berlin

'Gigante,' 'Everyone Else' share Jury Prize

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BERLIN -- "The Milk of Sorrow" from Peruvian director Claudia Llosa has won the Golden Bear for best film at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival.

In the politically tinged drama, which also has elements of magic realism, a disease is being passed from mother to daughter through breast milk. It turns out, the mothers were all victims of the decades-long battle between the Peruvian government and Shining Path terrorists.

"The Milk of Sorrow" wasn't the only South American title to win big at Berlin. Argentinean filmmaker Adrian Biniez won the Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear for his debut "Gigante," sharing the honor with "Everyone Else," the sophomore feature from German director Maren Ade.

"Gigante," which follows a lonely supermarket security guard and his obsession with the shop's nighttime cleaner, also picked up the prize for best first feature and shared the Alfred Bauer Prize, given in honor of the Berlinale's founder, with "Tatarak" from veteran Polish director Andrzej Wajda.

The best actress Silver Bear went to German actress Birgit Minichmayr for her role in "Everyone Else" as an energetic woman in a complicated relationship. Up-and-comer Minichmayr beat out presumed favorites Brenda Blethyn ("London River") and Renee Zellweger ("My One and Only") for the prize.

But Blethyn's "London River" co-star Sotigui Kouyate took the best actor Silver Bear for his stirring performance as a father looking for his lost son in the wake of the London terrorist bombings.

Iranian drama "About Elly," which many had tipped to take the top prize, went home with the best director Silver Bear for Asghar Farhadi.

Oren Moverman and Alessandro Camon won the best script Silver Bear for their screenplay to "The Messenger," the story of two U.S. soldiers tasked with telling a young widow her husband has died in Iraq.

"Katalin Varga," a Transylvanian-set revenge drama from British director Peter Strickland, won the Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution for its soundtrack.

The full list of winners for the 59th Berlin International Film Festival is available on the next page.

Full list of winners of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival:

Golden Bear for best film: "The Milk of Sorrow" (director Claudia Llosa)
Jury Grand Prix, the Silver Bear: "Gigante" (director Adrian Biniez) and "Everyone Else" (director Maren Ade )
Best director Silver Bear: Asghar Farhadi for "About Elly"
Best actress Silver Bear: Birgit Minichmayr for "Everyone Else"
Best actor Silver Bear: Sotigui Kouyate for "London River"
Best first feature Silver Bear: "Gigante" (director Adrian Biniez)
Best script Silver Bear: "The Messenger" (director Oren Moverman)
Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution in the category of sound: "Katalin Varga" (director Peter Stickland)
The Alfred Bauer Prize: "Gigante" (director Adrian Biniez) and "Tatarak" (director Andrzej Wajda)

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