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story.lead_photo.caption Jury president Juliette Binoche blows a kiss as she poses for the photographers during a photo call at the 2019 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Berlin film fest gets underway with many female directors

BERLIN -- The first of the year's major European film festivals got underway in Berlin on Thursday with a strong contingent of movies from female directors, which jury president Juliette Binoche greeted as "a good step forward."

The 69th Berlin International Film Festival was starting with Danish director Lone Scherfig's "The Kindness of Strangers," which follows an ensemble of characters through a New York City winter. It is the first of 17 contenders for the event's top Golden Bear award, whose winner will be announced Feb. 16.

The honors will be awarded by a six-member jury under French actress Binoche, who noted that there are seven films by women directors this year.

Entertainment on 02/10/2019

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