Shopping - prestigious award at Berlin International Film Festival. — 05.03.13

A Kiwi film, by Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland, shot on the Kapiti Coast and in Wellington, has picked up a prestigious award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The Kiwi feature film Shopping has picked up a prestigious award at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.

Shopping, the first feature film by writing and directing team Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland, won the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International section.

The jury said Shopping was "an extremely compelling first film with a fantastic lead actor".

"Sharp editing, strong visual choices and a complex, painful and loving portrayal of family. We appreciated the specificity of the world you brought us into. Your dedication to your vision is palpable," the jury said.

Albiston and Sutherland have previously won awards for their short films The Six Dollar Fifty Man and Run.

Shopping was shot on the Kapiti Coast and in Wellington. It was produced by Warp Films Australia's Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw and was financed by the New Zealand Film Commission with support from Fulcrum Media Finance.

The film is set in 1981 and follows the small town life of brothers Willie and Solomon.

Shopping will be released in New Zealand cinemas from 30 May, following its premiere next Wednesday night in Wellington