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American Honey (2016)

Directed by Andrea Arnold

Cinematography by Robbie Ryan

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Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi wins the Golden Bear at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival for her film On Body and Soul

The film also was awarded three critics prizes at the festival: the FIPRESCI Prize (awarded to the best film In Competition as awarded by professional critics), Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (awarded by Christian filmmakers and critics), and the Berliner Morgenpost Readers’ Jury Award.

Enyedi is the only the 5th woman to take the festival’s top prize following Márta Mészáros for Adoption in 1975, Larisa Shepitko for The Ascent in 1977, Jasmila Žbanić for Grbavica in 2006 Claudia Llosa for The Milk of Honey in 2009.

Maren Ade b.  12 December, 1976

Ade is a German film director, screenwriter and producer. Shortly before graduation she and fellow classmate Janine Jackowski formed the production company Komplizen film. 

The production company produced Ade’s thesis film, The Forest for the Trees, which went on to win the Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005. 

In 2009 her second film, Everyone Else, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Ade again won the Silver Bear for Best Film (Jury Grand Prix) and her lead actress won the Best Actress Silver Bear.

Her third film, Toni Erdmann, premiered in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. While the film failed to garner any prizes from the jury it won the FIPRESCI Prize for Best In Competition film. Toni Erdmann went on to win numerous critical awards. It was named the Best Film of 2016 by Cahiers du Cinéma, Sight & Sound Magazine and Slant Magazine. Furthermore it swept the top categories at the 2016 European Film Awards, winning Best Actor, Actress, Screenplay, Picture and Director making Ade the first woman to win Best Director at the EFAs. The film was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. 

In addition to her work as director and screenwriter Ade also has had a successful career producing films she hasn’t directed. She produced the award winning films Tabu and Arabian Nights Part 1, 2 and 3