Magazine article Screen International

Difret, Circle Win Berlin Audience Awards

Magazine article Screen International

Difret, Circle Win Berlin Audience Awards

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Angelina Jolie exec produced film wins at Berlin Film Festival.Scroll down for full list of winners

Ethiopian film Difret, directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, has won the best fiction film prize in the 16th Panorama Audience Awards, in which Swiss feature The Circle (Der Kreis), Stefan Haupt, has also been named best documentary.

Voted for by the public, the award is presented by the Berlinale's Panorama section in collaboration with radioeins of Berlin-Brandenburg's public radio and television station rbb, and tip Berlin, Berlin's city magazine.

The official award ceremony will be held on Berlinale Kinotag - a day of screenings for the public - on Sunday (Feb 16).

Difret, executive produced by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, centres on a young teenage girl who has to defend herself in court after killing her would-be husband during an attempt to abduct her into marriage.

The film, which won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival last month, has scored sales at the EFM after being picked up by Ad Vitam.

INTERVIEW: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

The Circle (Der Kreis) is a 1950s-set documentary-drama that follows a young teacher who falls for a transvestite star of a renowned underground club run by network Der Kreis - a pioneering organisation for gay emancipation in post-war Europe.

French doc specialist Wide House announced it had sold all US and Canadian rights to Wolfe Video during the EFM.

Panorama section head Wieland Speck, radioeins programme manager Dorothee Hackenberg and tip Berlin chief editor Stefanie Dörre will present the awards. …

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