"Intimacy," French director Patrice Chereau's English-language drama of love and obsession, won the Berlin Film Festival's prestigious Golden Bear award and landed the event's best actress award for Kerry Fox.
The nine-member international jury largely overlooked Hollywood's offerings. Runner-up Silver Bear awards went to Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai's "Beijing Bicycle" and Lone Scherfig's "Italian for Beginners."
The awards were announced Sunday.
Among the four U.S. entries in the 23-movie competition, Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" -- which had been a critics' favorite to win the Golden Bear -- picked up the best actor accolade, which went to Benicio Del Toro for his role as weary Tijuana police officer Javier Rodriguez.
The role already has brought Del Toro a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination best for supporting actor.