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Romanian Sex-Tape Satire Wins Top Prize At Berlin Film Festival

Director Radu Jude
Director Radu Jude

Romanian director Radu Jude's comedy about a woman in damage control after a porn clip of her is posted on the Internet has won the Berlin Film Festival's top prize.

Bad Luck Banging Or Loony Porn was awarded the Berlinale's Golden Bear, the jury said in statement on March 5, saying the movie has a “rare and essential quality of a lasting artwork.”

The sexually explicit dark comedy “captures on screen the very content and essence, the mind and body, the values and the raw flesh of our present moment in time. Of this very moment of human existence,” the judges said.

The film stars Katia Pascariu as a teacher whose private sex tape is leaked, triggering a witch hunt by the parents of the children at her school in contemporary Bucharest.

Shot during the coronavirus pandemic, it shows almost every character wearing a mask.

Jude has said he did not want to give a sermon with his film but denounce social hypocrisy and frustrations surrounding sexuality.

With reporting by dpa and Reuters
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