Berlin (dpa) - The actress Paula Beer (25) has been awarded a Silver Bear for best actress at the Berlinale. She received the award on Saturday evening for her role in Christian Petzold's new work "Undine".

In the love film with Franz Rogowski, she plays a historian who explains architectural city models to tourists. Her figure is based on an old mermaid myth. With Petzold, Beer, who lives in Berlin, has already shot the drama "Transit".

Beer is one of the most famous young actresses in Germany. She plays a leading role in the series "Bad Banks", together with the French director François Ozon she made the historical film "Frantz".

Alongside Cannes and Venice, the Berlinale is one of the most important film festivals in the world. The best actor was the Italian actor Elio Germano. He received the Silver Bear for his role in the artist drama "Hidden Away" ("Volevo nascondermi").

The Berlinale also honored German cinematographer Jürgen Jürges for an "outstanding artistic achievement". The 79-year-old received an award for his work on the experimental film "DAU. Natasha" by Russian directors Ilja Chrschanowski and Jekaterina Oertel.

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