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The movie “Parade” by Srdjan Dragojevic won the Panorama audience award for the best fiction film at the Berlin international film festival which ended on February 19.
|Srdjan Dragojevic, director of the movie "Parade" | Photo by Youtube printscreen|
The movie, a regional coproduction between Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia, won the most audience votes in the out-of-competition Panorama programme which presented 53 feature films.
This was not the only success of the film “Parade” that deals with gay and lesbian rights in Berlin. Dragojevic’s movie also won the “Siegessäule Readers award” awarded for the best movie with gay or lesbian content, regardless of which section they are in. The jury for this award consists of seven readers of the Berlin gay and lesbian magazine Siegessäule.
|A scene from the trailer of the movie "Parade" | Photo by Youtube printscreen|
The movie was also specially mentioned by one of the Berlinale’s independent juries, Ecumenical jury.
This jury awards prizes to “directors who have succeeded in portraying actions or human experiences that are in keeping with the Gospels, or in sensitising viewers to the spiritual, human or social values.”
The main prize of the International Berlin Film Festival went to the Italian movie “Caesar must die”, by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, decided the jury led by the director Mike Leigh.
This year’s Berlinale took place from February 9 to 19, at more than 20 locations throughout Berlin. The award ceremony was held on the last day of the festival, February 19.
The Panorama prize was started in 1999 and is made possible by a joint initiative between the Berlin city magazine Tip, the radio channel “Radioeins” and the Panorama section itself. It is being awarded in two categories: the best fiction film, and the best documentary.
Panorama audience award for the best documentary went to the movie “Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present” by US director Matthew Akers.
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