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The 70th Berlinale International Film Festival will be held from February 20 to March 1, 2020.
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Brazilian Film Shines and Wins a Golden Bear

The Elite Squad, directed by Jose Padilha has won the Golden Bear at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. Reza Naji won best actor for The Song of Sparrows and Sally Hawkins picked up the best actress prize for the Mike Leigh directed Happy-Go-Lucky.

The 58th incarnation of the festival saw the festival assume a new direction. There were decidedly less stars than in 2007 when the likes of Matt Damon put in an appearance. And the star vehicles this year were more in line with the artistic, edgy feel that is the heart of the Berlinale. Daniel Day-Lewis turned up as did Penelope Cruz, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, Martin Scorsese as well as essentially a whose who of rock and pop including The Rolling Stones, Patti Smith, and Madonna. -Rita Johnson

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Contoversial film

Thanks Sergio.

This controversy has been heard till Europe. I have lived in Brasil and am well aware of the context.



Not everyone in Brazil is happy about this prize

Dear Sirs,

The recent Berlin Golden Bear Award 2008 granted to “Tropa de Elite” (Elite Squad) by moviemaker Jose Padilha from Brazil has stirred many controversies due to its violent theme and its social implications.

For anyone not aware of the Brazilian social reality, the conclusions that could be drawn by watching the movie could be completely blurred. Underlying the story there are powerful economic groups and politically motivated subliminal messages that can only be deciphered by the ones in the know.

We invite you to deeper explore the Brazilian social reality at our blog:

We certainly hope that the time spent reading the article at the blog above may be fruitful for you.

Sincerely Yours,

Yugo Kabeya (Political Scientist)

Sergio Machado (Lawyer)

Sao Paulo – Brazil

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