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February 20, 2010 11:38 AM
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"Waste Land" Takes Berlinale Panorama Honors

In another win for Lucy Walker's "Waste Land," won the Audience Prize Saturday in the Berlinale's Panorama section.

The doc follows Brazilian artist Vik Muniz who travels to Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. He collaborates with an eclectic band of catadores, or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials, and photographs these them as they recycle their lives and society’s garbage. The film also won the Audience Award at the recent Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary competition.

Also taking home prizes were Julia Bacha's "Budrus" (USA) which won second place and Pascal Hofmann and Benny Jaberg's "Daniel Schmid - Le chat qui pense" (Switzerland) which took third place.

22,000 votes were cast during the 60th Berlin International Film Festival's Panorama screenings. The sidebar screened 54 films, including 20 in the "Panorama Dokumente" series.

On Friday, Lisa Cholodenko’s "The Kids are All Right" took the best feature film prize at Berlin International Film Festival’s Teddy Awards, handed out the best queer works featured in all sections of the festival.

The competition winners for the 60th Berlinale will be presented Saturday evening in the German capital.

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