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"Suicide" Wins Berlin's Crystal Bear

Indiewire By Brian Brooks | Indiewire February 13, 2009 at 6:58AM

David Lee Miller's "My Suicide" won the youth oriented Generation 14plus competition, taking the Crystal Bear for best feature film at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film is described as a teen coming-of-age dramaedy about high schoolers, one a media-obsessed geek and the other, a beautiful but twisted girl. Both team up as a strange couple determined to "expose the hypocrisy of their high school by revealing the true desires, fears and ambitions of the students. Through their journey and the honest evaluation they come up with, we begin to see 21st Century high schoolers in an amazingly revealing light."
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David Lee Miller's "My Suicide" won the youth oriented Generation 14plus competition, taking the Crystal Bear for best feature film at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film is described as a teen coming-of-age dramaedy about high schoolers, one a media-obsessed geek and the other, a beautiful but twisted girl. Both team up as a strange couple determined to "expose the hypocrisy of their high school by revealing the true desires, fears and ambitions of the students. Through their journey and the honest evaluation they come up with, we begin to see 21st Century high schoolers in an amazingly revealing light."

In other nods, Adam Elliot's "Mary and Max" took a special mention from the seven-member jury for its theme that "touches on life's most decisive moments," while "Aphrodite's Farm" won the Crystal Bear for best short film, described as a henomenal anecdote about holding tight and letting go, embedded in a fairytale. Special mention in the category went to "Slavar" by David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn, which deals "explosively" with the issue of war.

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