And The Golden Bear Goes To...

"Tropa de Elite" (The Elite Squad), which I reviewed here back in November, won the Golden Bear for best film at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival. The Brazilian movie directed by Jose Padilha beat Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood, clearly a favorite for the award this year.

And Jose Padilha was not the only Brazilian to win an award in Berlin. 25-year-old Felipe Sholl won the Teddy Queer Film Award in the short film category for , a five-minute dialogue between two teenagers in a public bathroom. Felipe is the first Brazilian to win a Teddy Award.

FYI, The Elite Squad will debut in the US next month.

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