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The Friend wins over San Francisco


Winner of the Swiss Film Prize 2008, Micha Lewinsky’s The Friend is to receive the Maurice Kanbar Award for Best First Feature at the 14th Berlin & Beyond Festival in San Francisco (January 15-21). Around 30 German, Austrian and Swiss German-language films will screen at the event organised by the Goethe Institute.

Presented to a debut work with “a distinctive sensitivity and artistic vision”, in 2004 the Maurice Kanbar Award went to German/Swiss co-production When the Right One Comes Along by Oliver Paulus and Stefan Hillebrand.

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As part of a campaign to win a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination, Lewinsky is currently touring the US with the singer Sophie Hunger, who makes her film debut in this romantic tragicomedy under her real name, Emilie Welti.

(Translated from French)

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