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Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s was awarded the Golden Bear for his latest movie Taxi at the 65th annual Berlin International Film Festival.

Jafar Panahi is banned from filmmaking in his home country and is not allowed to travel abroad.

Taxi was well-received by critics and buyers (Celluloid Dreams has international rights) during the festival.

In the film, Jafar Panahi set a camera on the dashboard of a yellow cab as it drives through Tehran. He plays the cabbie who interviews the diverse characters that make up his fares.Jafar Panahi's Taxi wins Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival 2015

Jafar Panahi previously won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay with 2013’s Closed Curtain, which resulted in its co-director and co-star, Kambozia Partovi — who was present in Berlin that year to accept the prize — having his passport confiscated by the Iranian authorities.

Tonight, Jafar Panahi’s wife and niece were on hand with the little girl ascending the stage to accept the prize. She was too emotional to speak, she said, and was swiftly comforted by jury members including Matthew Weiner and Audrey Tautou.

Pablo Larrain’s dark, and darkly comic, El Club, a treatise on the Catholic church through the prism of a group of exiled priests, was the Grand Jury Prize winner.

Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling won acting honors for their roles in 45 Years. The pair plays a couple preparing for their 45th wedding anniversary who is rocked by a secret from the past.

Darren Aronofsky’s jury also doled out double prizes in two categories: Best Director and Outstanding Artistic Contribution. In the former, Romanian director Radu Jude and Poland’s Małgorzata Szumowska shared the prize for Aferim! and Body, respectively.

Presenting the Artistic Contribution Silver Bears, Darren Aronofsky said of the first winner, Victoria cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grovelen: “This film rocked my world.”

Of Under Electric Clouds Darren Aronofsky said: “The images will stay with everyone for a long time.”

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Romanian black comedy Everybody In Our Family directed by Radu Jude won the Heart of Sarajevo prize Saturday at the end of the nine-day festival.

Toata Lumea Din Familia Noastra (Everybody In Our Family), which tells the story of a divorced dad’s frustration and love for his five-year-old daughter ,won the best movie award at the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival, one of the largest in Europe, organizers said.

Uliks Fehmiu won the best actor award for his performance in the Serbian movie Ustanicka Ulica (Redemption Street).

Marija Pikic won the best actress award for her role in Bosnia’s Aida Begic’s movie Djeca (Children of Sarajevo).

Everybody In Our Family won the best movie award at the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival

Everybody In Our Family won the best movie award at the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival

U.S. superstar Angelina Jolie, whose recent directorial debut dealt with Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war, was a special guest of the festival earlier.

During her stay in the Bosnian capital she was made an honorary citizen of Sarajevo for her efforts in “keeping the truth about wartime events in Sarajevo and Bosnia-Hercegovina alive”.

The award is given by the Sarajevo county every year to a foreign national who promotes humanity, democracy and tolerance.

Other films among the more than 200 screened at the event, included a documentary Football Rebels, narrated by French former football superstar turned actor Eric Cantona.

It profiled five footballers – Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba, Chile’s Carlos Caszely, Algerian Rachid Mekhloufi, Brazil’s Socrates, and Bosnian Predrag Pasic – focusing on their humanitarian and social activities off the pitch.

The film was directed by Gilles Perez and Gilles Rof.

The Sarajevo film festival was born as an act of resistance during the 1992-1995 war when Sarajevo was under siege.

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