The Chinese New Year got off to a spectacular start in Berlin when director WANG QUAN'AN was awarded the film festival's top honour, the Golden Bear, for TUYA'S MARRIAGE.
The Chinese movie, which is set in Inner Mongolia, was named on Saturday (17FEB07).
A thrilled Wang said, "A very beautiful dream has become reality for me here.
"Perhaps this is the last glance at the herds people of the region. Ultimately they are going to disappear into the cities. I think that it is important, particularly in this time when the economy is booming, to ponder and reflect on what we're losing."
US-born Israeli JOSEPH CEDAR took Best Director for his war drama BEAUFORT at the film festival, while Best Actor and Actress prizes went to JULIO CHAVEZ (THE OTHER) and NINA HOSS (YELLA) respectively.
Actor-turned-moviemaker Robert De Niro also had a share of the accolades - THE GOOD SHEPHERD, his drama on the origins of the CIA intelligence service, won for Outstanding Artistic Contribution.