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Iran hits out at EU parliament over rights resolution

Iran has criticised a European Parliament human rights resolution, saying the body lacks the "legitimacy" to advise countries on such matters, media reported on Monday. The resolution passed on Thursday condemned Iran over "continued, systematic violation of fundamental rights," and said its 2013 presidential election was not "held in accordance with the democratic standards". It also said "any future parliament delegations to Iran should be committed to meeting members of the political opposition and civil society activists, and to having access to political prisoners."

Iran slams Euro MEPs for meeting dissidents

Iran has criticised European parliamentarians for meeting leading dissidents during a visit this month to the Islamic republic, media reports said on Sunday. During a six-day visit that ended on Tuesday, the eight-member European Parliament delegation met rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and film-maker Jafar Panahi, who both won the Sakharov prize for human rights in 2012. "The Greek charge d'affaires was summoned to the foreign ministry on Saturday to be informed of Iran's displeasure" at the meetings, the ISNA news agency reported.

Iran protests Berlin film award for banned Jafar Panahi

By Marcus George DUBAI, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Iran has complained to the organisers of the Berlin film festival for giving Iranian director Jafar Panahi an award for an allegorical movie made in defiance of a 20-year state ban. Panahi shared the best script prize at Berlin on Saturday for "Closed Curtain" with co-director Kamboziya Partovi for a film made in secret, which mirrors aspects of Panahi's life under house arrest in the Islamic Republic.

Iran slams Berlin film fest award for Panahi

Iran on Monday protested against the awarding of a Silver Bear to Jafar Panahi for the best screenplay for Parde (Closed Curtain) at the 63rd Berlin film festival, the ISNA news agency reported. The award went on Saturday to the dissident director and his long-time collaborator Kambuzia Partovi, for a film made secretly in defiance of a ban by the Tehran authorities. "We have protested to the Berlin film festival organisers," ISNA quoted the head of the Iran cinema organisation and deputy culture minister Javad Shamaqdari as saying.

Eastern Europe basks in triumph as Berlin fest wraps up

The 63rd Berlin film festival wrapped up Sunday after awarding its Golden Bear top prize to the Romanian melodrama "Child's Pose" in a banner year for cinema from post-communist eastern Europe. Director Calin Peter Netzer, a member of Romania's renowned new wave in film-making, told the story of a wealthy and controlling mother who fights to get her son acquitted after he kills a poor teenager with his car.

Romanian cinema triumphs again with top Berlin award

* "Child's Pose" about mother's obsessive love for son * Latest in long list of critical hits for Romania * Movies from Chile, Bosnia, Iran, U.S. also win in Berlin By Mike Collett-White BERLIN, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Romania claimed another major scalp on the European film festival circuit this weekend when "Child's Pose" won the Golden Bear in Berlin, underlining the country's emergence as a powerhouse of hard-hitting cinema in the post-Communist era.

Berlin fest draws to close after Romania claims top prize

The 63rd Berlin film festival wraps up Sunday after awarding its Golden Bear top prize to "Child's Pose", a mother-son psychodrama set among post-communist Romania's new ruling class. Director Calin Peter Netzer, a member of Romania's renowned new wave in cinema, tells the story of a wealthy and controlling mother who fights to get her son acquitted after he kills a poor teenager with his car.

List of winners at 63rd Berlin film festival

Here are the winners of the main prizes awarded Saturday at the 63rd Berlin film festival and the countries that produced them: Golden Bear for best film: "Pozitia Copilului" (Child's Pose), Calin Peter Netzer. Romania. Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear: "Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza" (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker). Bosnia/France/Slovenia. Silver Bear for best director: David Gordon Green for Prince Avalanche (US). Silver Bear for best actress: Paulina Garcia in "Gloria" (Gloria). Chile/Spain.

Romanian drama 'Child's Pose' wins Berlin fest's top prize

"Child's Pose", a mother-son drama set among post-communist Romania's new ruling class, won the Golden Bear top prize at the 63rd Berlin film festival Saturday. Director Calin Peter Netzer, a member of Romania's renowned new wave in cinema, tells the story of a wealthy and controlling mother who fights to get her son acquitted after he kills a poor teenager with his car. "I want to thank the jury for this amazing prize, this wonderful prize," Netzer told the panel led by Chinese director Wong Kar Wai.

CORRECTED-FACTBOX-Berlin film festival 2013 winners

(Changes nationality of film for best actor award) Feb 16 (Reuters) - The Berlin film festival ended on Saturday with the closing awards ceremony. Following is the list of prize winners: Best film (Golden Bear) - "Child's Pose", directed by Calin Peter Netzer, Romania Jury Grand Prix (Silver Bear) - "An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker", directed by Danis Tanovic, Bosnia Best Director (Silver Bear)
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