Romanian film wins Berlinale’s Golden Bear

Photo: Berlinale Archive Radu Jude won Silver Bear at Berlinale 2015 with his film “Aferim!”

The Romanian director Radu Jude’s “Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn”, a sexually explicit dark comedy of the everyday aggression experienced by a teacher in contemporary Bucharest, won the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear award on Friday, Reuters reported.

Judges hailed the film, starring Katia Pascariu as the teacher whose private sex tape is leaked, triggering a witch hunt by parents of the children at her school, as a “lasting art work” that “attacked” the viewer. “It captures on screen the very content and essence, the mind and body, the values and raw flesh of our present moment in time,” Israeli director and jury member Nadav Lapid said announcing the award.

The runner-up Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize was pocketed by the Japanese film "Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy" directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi. South Korean director Hong Sangsoo also got a Silver Bear for the screenplay of his film "Introduction."

Other prizewinners at this year’s online Berlinale included German actress Maren Eggert, who played a woman resisting a perfect android’s charms in “I’m Your Man” and Hungary’s Denes Nagy, awarded best director for the war movie “Natural Light”.

Due to the pandemic, this year's Berlin Film Festival has been divided into two parts: the online segment was from 1 to 5 March and the award ceremony will be held from 9 to 20 June.

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