Julian Hernandez has won his second Best Feature Teddy award at the 59th Annual Berlin International Film Festival, also known as Berlinale. The festival, the third largest, ended Sunday.

The Teddys recognize the best gay and lesbian cinema at the festival.

The Mexican director won his first Teddy with his 2003 debut film, A Thousand Clouds Encircle the Sky, Love, You Will Never Stop Being Loved, which depicted a young gay Mexican man's longing for love.

Hernandez's Raging Sun, Raging Sky (Rabioso Sol, Rabioso Cielo) faced off against another Latin American entry, Lucia Puenzo's The Fish Child (El Nino Pez), and Kit Hung's Soundless Wind Chime (Wu Sheng Feng Ling).

Raging Sun, Raging Sky places the love shared between Kieri and Ryo, two gay men, at the center of a mythical battle that ends when the pair reunite after inevitable loss. It offers a bold vision of an infinite love that knows no bounds.

“We award the Teddy for best feature to the Mexican film Raging Sun, Raging Sky for its masterful cinematography and its visionary use of color and sound – for its explorations of love, desire and sexuality within the framework of ancient mythology, juxtaposed with modern urbanity,” the jury said in a statement.

American audiences might be more familiar with Hernandez's 2006 film Broken Sky, which was distributed by Strand Releasing and was also nominated for a Best Feature Teddy.

Canadian director John Greyson took home a Teddy for the Best Documentary/Essay Film.

Greyson's Fig Trees is an experimental film that documents the struggle for AIDS patients in South Africa to gain needed access to treatment. The film blends actual footage of AIDS activist Zackie Achmat's 1999 treatment strike, where he refused medicine until it became available to all in his country, with singing actors against a backdrop of an opera and is narrated by an albino squirrel.

“This festival champions two things I feel strongly about: queer content and experimental form,” Greyson told The Globe and Mail.

Joe Dallesandro, the hunky sex kitten made famous in countless camp films by Andy Warhol in the 1960s and 70s, was honored with a special lifetime achievement Teddy.

The Berlinale also screened two films featuring Dallesandro: Little Joe, director Nicole Haeusser's new documentary on the hustler turned pop icon, and Tapage Nocture, Catherine Breillat's 1979 take on the subject.

The Teddy awards were handed out at a February 13 ceremony.

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