A film by Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev titled Loveless won the top prize at the 35th Munich Film Festival.
The film on July 1 was named winner of the $56,200 ARRI/Osram CineMasters prize during the event’s final ceremonies.
The film, about a couple going through a difficult divorce when their 12-year-old son goes missing, was praised by the festival jury as an "intense tale of a child's tragic disappearance in a family seemingly devoid of love, told without any excess pathos."
In 2014, Zvyagintsev won the top prize at the event with Leviathan, a powerful indictment of ordinary people's struggle against a corrupt modern Russian state.
Some 180 films from 60 countries were screened during the festival, Germany's second-biggest such event after the Berlinale.
The Munich event drew 81,500 visitors over the 10-day period.
Based on reporting by dpa