British filmmaker Ken Loach came to Berlin with "Ae Fond Kiss," the ultimately upbeat tale of a Roman Catholic Scottish woman and a second-generation Pakistani immigrant who fall in love.

Loach, known for the gritty realism of films such as "Bread and Roses" and 2002's "Sweet Sixteen," said Friday as the movie premiered that he hoped his latest production would convey a hopeful message.

"Ae Fond Kiss" is one of 23 movies competing for the festival's top prize, the Golden Bear. A seven-member international jury will announce the winner Saturday.