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Latin American entries win at Berlin film festival

February 17, 2009 |  8:32 am

Gael Garcia Bernal's latest movie "Mammoth" might have received a frosty reception at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this month, but the same cannot be said for some of the other Latin American entries.

“The Milk of Sorrow / La Teta Asustada,” the first Peruvian film in the festival's main competition, won the top prize, the Golden Bear for best picture, on Saturday, reports the New York Times.

The film, about a young woman who was born as a result of her mother’s rape, was directed by Claudia Llosa and stars Magaly Solier.

Meanwhile, the Uruguayan-Argentine effort "Gigante" took three awards, including the Jury Grand Prix.

"Gigante" takes place in Montevideo and is about a guard at a supermarket who is in love with one of the employees whom he spies on through his many security cameras.

See trailers for both films in the embedded videos.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City