Documentary on refugee crisis wins top prize at Berlin Film Festival

Meryl Streep led the jury at the 66th Berlinale...

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Gianfranco Rosi, director of 'Fuocomare', centre, is awarded a Golden Bear for Best Film. Image: Axel Schmidt / AP/Press Association Images

A documentary about the refugee crisis has won the top prize at this year's Berlin Film Festival.

The Golden Bear was awarded to director Gianfranco Rosi's film Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare), which focuses on the island of Lampedusa and the people living there.

The best director award went to Mia Hansen-Løve (whose film Eden, about the French electronic music scene, was released in Ireland last year) for her latest film Things to Come (L'avenir).

Meanwhile, the best actress award went to Danish actress Trine Dyrholm (The Commune), while Majd Mastour walked away with the statue for best actor for his performance in Tunisian film Hedi.

The jury for this year's Berlin Film Festival was led by Meryl Streep, with Clive Owen among the other members.

War on Everyone, the latest film from John Michael McDonagh (The Guard, Calvary), was among the films to premiere at this year's festival.