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Sunday, February 21, 1999 Published at 15:53 GMT

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"Thin Red Line" named best film at Berlin festival

The American drama "The Thin Red Line" has taken the Berlin Film Festival's top award, the Golden Bear, for best film.

The picture directed by Terrence Malick tells the story of American soldiers during the Second World War in the Pacific. The Danish film "Misfune's Last Song" by Soeren Kragh-Jacobsen was placed second and took the Silver Bear.

Twenty-five films competed for the Golden Bear during the twelve-day festival in Berlin which featured some three-hundred entries from about forty countries.

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