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>> Bell Tower in Berlin, the festival giving its top prize to female director, Ildico Enyedi. She's only one of a handful of female directors to ever scoop the Golden Bear with one of several winning films exploring human relationships.>> All my team, my colleagues, they believed in it, I believed in it.
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But we couldn't know if the audience would join us. And I am immensely thankful. I will never forget it.>> I'm Reuters reporter, Sarah Mills, in the press area at the Berlinale where the winners come and speak to the journalists. As well as winning female filmmakers, this year also sees plenty of strong female leads too.
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>> Alain Gomis putting the DRC on the big screen as we follow struggling singer Felicite. After winning the Grand Jury Prize, he was full of praise for his female lead.>> Vero Tshanda Beya is one of the best actresses I have had the pleasure to meet. She's just incredible, very powerful.
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And as a director, when you have an actress like her, you just follow her.>> The story of a transgender woman's struggle after her partner dies forms the basis of Chilean director Sebastian Lelio's A Fantastic Woman, taking Best Screenplay. The team hopes it's as well received in Latin America as Berlin.
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Best Actress went to Kim Min Hee, and an emotional Georg Friedrich took Best Actor. He didn't come and chat to the press after, but Aki Kaurismaki made a memorable acceptance speech. His black comedy about a Syrian refugee seeing him win Best Director, a fitting nod for a popular filmmaker and a festival that doesn't forget its political roots.