The Golden Bear, the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), went to the Israeli-French-German co-production "Synonyms" by Israeli director Nadav Lapid. The fast-paced film follows an ex-Israeli soldier who rejects his nationality as he moves to France to start a new life and find his true identity.
French director Francois Ozon`s "By the Grace of God" won the runner-up Silver Bear Grand Jury prize. The drama is about victims of child abuse in the Catholic Church and their fight for justice.
Wang Jingchun and Yong Mei won Silver Bears for best actor and best actress respectively for their joint lead roles as husband and wife in Chinese director Zhang Yimou`s epic family saga, "So Long My Son."
The two play a couple who live through changing times in China as it emerges from the chaos of the Cultural Revolution and rises to become an economic superpower.
Other winners in the 69th festival included the German director, Angela Schanelec, who took Best Director for "I Was at Home, but..."
Golden Bear for Best Short Film went to “Umbra” by Florian Fischer and Johannes Krell.
The Silver Bear for Best Screenplay was given for “Piranhas,”, a film by Claudio Giovannesi, based on the book by Roberto Saviano.
The festival also paid tribute to Switzerland’s best known actor, Bruno Ganz, who died on Saturday aged 77.