BBC film wins the top prize at Berlin
Monday 17 February 2003
A BBC film about two Afghan refugees seeking a new life in the West has seen off Hollywood to win the best film award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
In This World, by British director Michael Winterbottom, had a budget of £1.5m and was shot on a hand-held digital camera. But the movie, part-funded by the BBC, could become a cult success after triumphing in Berlin over costlier, grander films such as The Hours (£13m), starring Nicole Kidman, and Adaptation (£12m), starring Nicolas Cage.
In This World traces the journey of two teenage Afghan refugees who set their hearts on coming to London. Their overland odyssey takes them through baking deserts and snowy mountain as they rely on shady people-smugglers to get them to Britain hidden in the back of trucks.
The film stars two young Afghans who were picked from among a million refugees at the Peshawar camp in Pakistan. One later claimed asylum in Britain.
The film was scheduled to have a limited release in art house cinemas next month. However, the makers hope its success will result in it being distributed more widely. Two years ago, Kandahar, an Iranian film, became a surprise hit with its dramatisation of the real-life attempted journey into Afghanistan of a young Afghan-Canadian woman trying to find a childhood friend living in Kabul.
In This World was half-funded by the BBC with the rest coming from the Film Consortium, a British film company. David Thompson, head of BBC Films, said that at a time when asylum-seeking was topical, the film offered "an extraordinary insight" into the reality behind the headlines.
"This is a fantastic result for a truly remarkable piece of film-making and a tribute to Michael Winterbottom's skill as a director," he said.
Watch the new House of Cards series three trailerTV
Oscars 2015It was the first time Barney has compered the Academy Awards
Oscars 2015 From Meryl Streep whooping Patricia Arquette's equality speech to Chris Pine in tears
Oscars 2015 Mexican filmmaker uses speech to urge 'respect' for immigrants
Oscars 2015 Bringing you all the news from the 87th Academy Awards
TV ReviewThe intrigue deepens as we delve further but don't expect any answers just yet
Razzies 2015 Golden Raspberry Awards 'honours' Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron
Film Hollywood's new leading lady talks about her Ramsay Street days
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Forget 'The Dress': Here are five of the biggest news stories you might have missed
- 2 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 Saudi Muslim cleric claims the Earth is 'stationary' and the sun rotates around it
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'