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Die Presse - Austria | 19/02/2007

A politically correct Berlinale

In her review of the Berlinale, Alexandra Seitz points to the predominance of strong female characters. "There are quite a few who would have been happy to see the actress who played the role of Tuya in 'Tuya's Marriage' receive the Silver Bear for Best Actress. Or Marianne Faithfull, who plays the role of a grandmother who takes a job in the sex industry to pay the medical expenses of her terminally ill grandson in "Irina Palm" - a humorous, feel-good film. However, the prize went to the deserving and visibly surprised Nina Voss for her intense and subtle characterisation in Christian Petzold's exceptionally beautiful and precise ghost story "Yella". Strong female characters were certainly well represented in the competing films. From the live-fast-and-die-young Edith Piaf of the opening film to the reality-denying romantic Angel Deverell in François Ozon's film "Angel", with which the festival ended. The number of female directors presenting their films at the Berlinale has also gone up over the past few years."

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