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Old 02-19-2006, 07:07 AM   #1
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The Golden Bear for Bosnian film in Berlin

A Bosnian film has won the Golden Bear award at the 56th Berlin Film Festival.

BERLIN (Reuters) - A moving drama about Bosnia's post-war trauma and the lingering impact of the systematic rape of women by Serb soldiers during the 1992-95 conflict won top honours at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday.

"Grbavica" by Sarajevo director Jasmila Zbanic took the Golden Bear for best film at the conclusion of the 56th Berlin festival at a gala ceremony on Saturday, broadcast for the first time live on television in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

"War in Bosnia was over some 13 years ago and yet war criminals Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic still live in Europe freely," said Zbanic, 30, whose film spotlights the hushed-up issue rape of 20,000 women during the siege of Sarajevo.

"They've not been captured for organising the rape of 20,000 women in Bosnia (and) killing 100,000. This is Europe and no one is interested in capturing them. I hope that this will change your viewing on Bosnia," she added to warm applause.

"Grbavica", the name of a suburb of Sarajevo but is also a term for "woman with a hump" that refers to raped women, is the story of a Muslim woman who tries to conceal the grisly truth of her past to protect her teenage daughter.

It won heartfelt cheers at a screening on Sunday before Berlin's notoriously fickle press corps and Zbanic received an even louder ovation at a news conference afterwards.
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