'Stranger in Me' wins Studio Hamburg prize


BERLIN -- Emily Atef has won the Studio Hamburg newcomer award, Germany's top prize for new talent, for her sophomore feature "The Stranger in Me."

The dark tale of postpartum depression has already picked up numerous awards, including a sweep of the top prizes at last year's Oldenburg Film Fest.

Post-traumatic stress syndrome is the subject of Johanna Stuttmann's script to "A Hero's Welcome," which took the Studio Hamburg screenplay prize. The film, directed by Brigitte Bertele, looks at a German soldier's return home after a violent tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Studio Hamburg's best producer award went to Matthias Adler for drama "November Child," directed by Christian Schwochow.

The 2009 Studio Hamburg Awards were presented at a gala ceremony in Hamburg Wednesday night.