PYONGYANG, North Korea -- A German film about an English teacher's struggle to introduce soccer at a strict school in late 19th century Germany has won the grand prize at the Pyongyang International Film Festival.

North Korea's official news agency reports that "The Big Dream" also won the festival's award for best actor, while a joint North Korean-European film, "Comrade Kim Goes Flying," won for best direction.

The biennial film festival closed Thursday after an eight-day run that offered North Koreans and foreigners the chance to see movies from North Korea as well as France, Britain, Iran, India and Russia.

The film festival is the only time North Koreans and foreigners can watch films together at Pyongyang theaters.

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  • In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, a director, center in a dark jacket gives instructions to an actor while filming at a film studio in Pyongyang, North Korea. An international film festival opens Thursday, Sept. 20 in the unlikeliest of places: North Korea. Held every two years, the Pyongyang International Film Festival is the only time North Koreans get to see a wide array of foreign films on the big screen. It's also the only time foreigners are allowed into North Korean movie theaters to see films alongside the locals. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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    FILE - In this file image made out of film "Comrade Kim Goes Flying" released by Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group, Comrade Kim Yong Mi played by Han Jong Sim acknowledges applause from her comrades for her acrobatic performance. An international film festival opens Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 in the unlikeliest of places: North Korea. This year's festival includes movies from Britain, Germany and elsewhere. But not America. Festivalgoers will get to see two feature films in North Korea but edited overseas: the romantic comedy "Comrade Kim Goes Flying," a joint North Korean-European production, and "Meet in Pyongyang," made in conjunction with a Chinese film studio. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

  • In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, a North Korean man prepares for filming at a film studio in Pyongyang, North Korea. An international film festival opens Thursday, Sept. 20 in the unlikeliest of places: North Korea. Held every two years, the Pyongyang International Film Festival is the only time North Koreans get to see a wide array of foreign films on the big screen. It's also the only time foreigners are allowed into North Korean movie theaters to see films alongside the locals. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

  • In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, performers wait to film a show at a period film set in Pyongyang, North Korea. An international film festival opens Thursday, Sept. 20 in the unlikeliest of places: North Korea. Held every two years, the Pyongyang International Film Festival is the only time North Koreans get to see a wide array of foreign films on the big screen. It's also the only time foreigners are allowed into North Korean movie theaters to see films alongside the locals. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

  • In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, performers wait to film a show at a period film set in Pyongyang, North Korea. An international film festival opens Thursday, Sept. 20 in the unlikeliest of places: North Korea. Held every two years, the Pyongyang International Film Festival is the only time North Koreans get to see a wide array of foreign films on the big screen. It's also the only time foreigners are allowed into North Korean movie theaters to see films alongside the locals. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

  • In this photo taken Sept. 18, 2012, a North Korean walks at the Korean Film Studio in Pyongyang, North Korea. An international film festival opens Thursday, Sept. 20 in the unlikeliest of places: North Korea. Held every two years, the Pyongyang International Film Festival is the only time North Koreans get to see a wide array of foreign films on the big screen. It's also the only time foreigners are allowed into North Korean movie theaters to see films alongside the locals. Letters on the poster written in Japanese read: "Great king of Comedy, Chaplin Film Screening Week." (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • In this photo taken Sept. 18, 2012, a North Korean rides a bicycle at the Korean Film Studio in Pyongyang, North Korea. An international film festival opens Thursday, Sept. 20 in the unlikeliest of places: North Korea. Held every two years, the Pyongyang International Film Festival is the only time North Koreans get to see a wide array of foreign films on the big screen. It's also the only time foreigners are allowed into North Korean movie theaters to see films alongside the locals. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, performers wait to film a show at a period film set in Pyongyang, North Korea. An international film festival opens Thursday, Sept. 20 in the unlikeliest of places: North Korea. Held every two years, the Pyongyang International Film Festival is the only time North Koreans get to see a wide array of foreign films on the big screen. It's also the only time foreigners are allowed into North Korean movie theaters to see films alongside the locals. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

  • Han Jong Sim

    In this image made out of film "Comrade Kim Goes Flying" released by Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group, Comrade Kim Yong Mi played by Han Jong Sim smiles in Korean dress. It's a classic tale of a small town girl who follows her dreams to the big city. But in this case, the girl is a North Korean coal miner, the big city is Pyongyang and her dream is to become a high-flying trapeze artist. “Comrade Kim Goes Flying,” a collaboration between a North Korean director and two European filmmakers, makes its world premiere Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival before it heads to Pyongyang later this month for its North Korean debut. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

  • In this photo taken Sept. 18, 2012, a North Korean wearing a pin of late leader Kim Il Sung, walks at the Korean Film Studio in Pyongyang, North Korea. An international film festival opens Thursday, Sept. 20 in the unlikeliest of places: North Korea. Held every two years, the Pyongyang International Film Festival is the only time North Koreans get to see a wide array of foreign films on the big screen. It's also the only time foreigners are allowed into North Korean movie theaters to see films alongside the locals. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • Han Jong Sim

    In this image made out of film "Comrade Kim Goes Flying" released by Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group, Comrade Kim Yong Mi played by Han Jong Sim trains to be a trapeze artist. It's a classic tale of a small town girl who follows her dreams to the big city. But in this case, the girl is a North Korean coal miner, the big city is Pyongyang and her dream is to become a high-flying trapeze artist. “Comrade Kim Goes Flying,” a collaboration between a North Korean director and two European filmmakers, makes its world premiere Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival before it heads to Pyongyang later this month for its North Korean debut. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

  • Han Jong Sim

    In this image made out of film "Comrade Kim Goes Flying" released by Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group, Comrade Kim Yong Mi played by Han Jong Sim exercises with younger members of a circus troupe. It's a classic tale of a small town girl who follows her dreams to the big city. But in this case, the girl is a North Korean coal miner, the big city is Pyongyang and her dream is to become a high-flying trapeze artist. “Comrade Kim Goes Flying,” a collaboration between a North Korean director and two European filmmakers, makes its world premiere Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival before it heads to Pyongyang later this month for its North Korean debut. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

  • Pak Chung Guk

    In this image made out of film "Comrade Kim Goes Flying" released by Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group, Pak Jang Phil played by Pak Chung Guk, the opposite of Comrade Kim Yong Mi played by Han Jong Sim, is shown in trapeze artist costume. It's a classic tale of a small town girl who follows her dreams to the big city. But in this case, the girl is a North Korean coal miner, the big city is Pyongyang and her dream is to become a high-flying trapeze artist. “Comrade Kim Goes Flying,” a collaboration between a North Korean director and two European filmmakers, makes its world premiere Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival before it heads to Pyongyang later this month for its North Korean debut. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

  • Han Jong Sim

    In this image made out of film "Comrade Kim Goes Flying" released by Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group, Comrade Kim Yong Mi played by Han Jong Sim is shown in trapeze artist costume. It's a classic tale of a small town girl who follows her dreams to the big city. But in this case, the girl is a North Korean coal miner, the big city is Pyongyang and her dream is to become a high-flying trapeze artist. “Comrade Kim Goes Flying,” a collaboration between a North Korean director and two European filmmakers, makes its world premiere Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival before it heads to Pyongyang later this month for its North Korean debut. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

  • Han Jong Sim, Pak Chung Guk

    In this image made out of film "Comrade Kim Goes Flying" released by Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group, Comrade Kim Yong Mi, left, played by Han Jong Sim and Pak Jang Phil played by Pak Chung Guk are together at a park. It's a classic tale of a small town girl who follows her dreams to the big city. But in this case, the girl is a North Korean coal miner, the big city is Pyongyang and her dream is to become a high-flying trapeze artist. “Comrade Kim Goes Flying,” a collaboration between a North Korean director and two European filmmakers, makes its world premiere Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival before it heads to Pyongyang later this month for its North Korean debut. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

  • Han Jong Sim

    In this image made out of film "Comrade Kim Goes Flying" released by Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group, Comrade Kim Yong Mi played by Han Jong Sim, center, receives applause from her coal mine comrades for her acrobatic performance. It's a classic tale of a small town girl who follows her dreams to the big city. But in this case, the girl is a North Korean coal miner, the big city is Pyongyang and her dream is to become a high-flying trapeze artist. “Comrade Kim Goes Flying,” a collaboration between a North Korean director and two European filmmakers, makes its world premiere Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival before it heads to Pyongyang later this month for its North Korean debut. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

  • Han Jong Sim

    In this image made out of film "Comrade Kim Goes Flying" released by Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group, Comrade Kim Yong Mi played by Han Jong Sim acknowledges applause from her comrades for her acrobatic performance. It's a classic tale of a small town girl who follows her dreams to the big city. But in this case, the girl is a North Korean coal miner, the big city is Pyongyang and her dream is to become a high-flying trapeze artist. “Comrade Kim Goes Flying,” a collaboration between a North Korean director and two European filmmakers, makes its world premiere Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival before it heads to Pyongyang later this month for its North Korean debut. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

  • Han Jong Sim

    In this image made out of film "Comrade Kim Goes Flying" released by Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group, Comrade Kim Yong Mi played by Han Jong Sim is pulled up in the air by a crane. It's a classic tale of a small town girl who follows her dreams to the big city. But in this case, the girl is a North Korean coal miner, the big city is Pyongyang and her dream is to become a high-flying trapeze artist. “Comrade Kim Goes Flying,” a collaboration between a North Korean director and two European filmmakers, makes its world premiere Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival before it heads to Pyongyang later this month for its North Korean debut. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

  • Han Jong Sim

    In this image made out of film "Comrade Kim Goes Flying" released by Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group, Comrade Kim Yong Mi played by Han Jong Sim smiles as she wears a coal miner's helmet. It's a classic tale of a small town girl who follows her dreams to the big city. But in this case, the girl is a North Korean coal miner, the big city is Pyongyang and her dream is to become a high-flying trapeze artist. “Comrade Kim Goes Flying,” a collaboration between a North Korean director and two European filmmakers, makes its world premiere Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival before it heads to Pyongyang later this month for its North Korean debut. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group) EDITORIAL USE ONLY