Junction 48: Udi Aloni’s Israeli Musical Wins 2016 Berlin Fest Audience Award

Udi Aloni’s Israeli musical drama Junction 48 won the Panorama Audience Award, the top prize of the Berlin Film Festival voted on by ordinary moviegoers, it was announced Saturday.

The feature, Aloni’s sixth film to screen in Berlin, is a feel-good drama set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestine conflict. In it, young Palestinians use hip-hop as a medium of protest against the Israeli occupation.

Second place went to Fukushima, mon Amour from veteran German director Doris Dorrie, while Oliver Schmitz’s South African-set tale Shepherds and Butchers took third.
Another Israeli film, Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?, about a gay, HIV-positive Orthodox man caught between his tradition and the new family he has found in London, took the audience prize in the Panorama Dokumente section. Tomer and Barak Heymann directed the picture.