The documentary by French director Diop wins first prize at the Berlinale

Natalie Portman
By Natalie Portman 1 Min Read
origin 1Lupita Nyong’o, president of the worldwide jury of the Berlinale 2024, presents director Mati Diop with a Golden Bear in the Best Film on Stage class throughout the closing gala awards ceremony at the Berlinale Palast. Monika Skolimowska/dpa

French director Mati Diop’s documentary “Dahomey” about the restitution of looted African artistic endeavors has received the Golden Bear, the first greatest movie prize at the Berlinale movie competition, the jury introduced in the German capital on Saturday night.

In his documentary, Diop, of Senegalese origins, accompanies 26 statues on their journey from France to their nation of origin, at this time’s Benin.

The experimental documentary movie captivates with poetic passages: for instance, one in every of the looted treasures speaks a number of instances off display screen.

German director Matthias Glasner acquired the Silver Bear for the screenplay of his drama “Dying” – the solely prize in the competitors for Germany.

This yr’s Berlinale Grand Jury Prize went to South Korea. The jury awarded the weird chamber piece “Yeohaengjaui pilyo” (“The Needs of a Traveler”) by veteran South Korean director Hong Sangsoo with Isabelle Huppert in the function principal.

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