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French-Senegalese Mati Diop Wins Top Prize at Berlin Film Festival

Mati Diop’s film “Dahomey” won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday night.

Nelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias won Best Director for his film “Pepe,” while Sebastian Stan received Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance for his role in “A Different Man.”

Emily Watson, another actor, earned the Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance for her role in “Small Things Like These.”

Other winners included filmmaker Hong Sangsoo, who received the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize for his film “A Traveler’s Needs,” and Bruno Dumont, a French director and screenwriter, who won the Silver Bear Jury Prize for “L’ Empire.”

“Dahomey” depicts the voyage of plundered items captured by French colonial troops in 1892, their transport from Paris to the Republic of Benin, and the impact of their return.

Lupita Nyong’o, a Kenyan-Mexican actor, served as the Berlinale’s first black jury president this year. The Oscar jury included actor-directors Brady Corbet and Jasmine Trinca, directors Ann Hui, Christian Petzold, and Albert Serra, and Ukrainian writer Oksana Zabuzhko.

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