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"A Woman in Berlin" wins at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

February 1, 2009 |  2:53 pm


The 24th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2009 edition on Sunday morning.

The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema went to "Poppy Shakespeare," directed by Benjamin Ross and starring Naomie Harris and Anna Maxwell Martin.

Best International Film Award went to Max Farberbock’s "A Woman in Berlin."

Nueva Vision Award for best Spanish-language film was given to "Amar a morir," directed by Fernando Lebrija.

Best Eastern Bloc Cinema Award went to Germany’s "Tulpan," directed by Sergei Dvortsevoy.

Best Documentary Film Award was bestowed upon "Yes Madam, Sir," directed by Megan Doneman.

Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film Under 30 Minutes went to Sam Taylor-Wood’s "Love You More," which was produced by the late Anthony Minghella.

Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation Short Film went to Adam Foulkes and Alan Smith’s Oscar-nominated "This Way Up."

The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award went to "Yes Madam, Sir."

-- Susan King

(Photo: "A Woman in Berlin" courtesy SBIFF)