Prize contenders at Berlin film festival

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BERLIN, Feb 16, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – The 69th Berlinale, Europe’s first major
film festival of the year, awards its Golden and Silver Bear top prizes
Saturday with 16 movies from around the world competing.

A six-member jury led by French Oscar winner Juliette Binoche will hand
out the trophies at a gala ceremony in the German capital.

The competition originally had 17 entries but “Yi miao zhong” (One Second)
by veteran Chinese director Zhang Yimou was pulled from the festival Monday,
reportedly due to problems with official censors.

A record seven of the movies vying for awards were made by women
directors.

Here are the their titles, directors and production countries.

“Der Boden unter den Fuessen” (The Ground Beneath My Feet), Marie
Kreutzer, Austria

“Di jiu tian chang” (So Long, My Son), Wang Xiaoshuai, China

“Elisa y Marcela” (Elisa and Marcela), Isabel Coixet, Spain

“Der Goldene Handschuh” (The Golden Glove), Fatih Akin, Germany/France

“Gospod postoi, imeto i’ e Petrunija” (God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya),
Teona Strugar Mitevska, North Macedonia/Belgium/Slovenia/Croatia/France

“Grace a Dieu” (By the Grace of God), Francois Ozon, France

“Ich war zuhause, aber” (I Was at Home, But), Angela Schanelec,
Germany/Serbia

“The Kindness of Strangers”, Lone Scherfig and starring Zoe Kazan, Tahar
Rahim, Andrea Riseborough and Bill Nighy,
Denmark/Canada/Sweden/Germany/France

“Kiz Kardesler” (A Tale of Three Sisters), Emin Alper,
Turkey/Germany/Netherlands/Greece

“Mr Jones”, Agnieszka Holland and starring James Norton and Peter
Sarsgaard, Poland/Britain/Ukraine

“Ondog”, Wang Quan’an, Mongolia

“La paranza dei bambini” (Piranhas), Claudio Giovannesi, Italy

“Repertoire des villes disparues” (Ghost Town Anthology), Denis Cote,
Canada

“Synonymes” (Synonyms), Nadav Lapid, France/Israel/Germany

“Systemsprenger” (System Crasher), Nora Fingscheidt, Germany

“Ut og staeler hester (Out Stealing Horses), Hans Petter Moland and
starring Stellan Skarsgard, Norway/Sweden/Denmark

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