The Festival closed its doors tonight after having awarded amongst the most noticeable: “600 Millas” by Gabriel Ripstein,Taxi” by Jafar Panahi, “45 years” by Andrew Haigh.
The International Jury created a very moving moment when The Silver bear was handed to “Taxi” by Jafar Panahi, making this prize particularly significant this year considering the current situation of the Iranian Director, still under the weigh of censorship in his native country and unable to travel abroad, thus underlining once more the importance of free speech. Panahi’s tearful niece, received the award on behalf of her uncle.
Jafar Panahi was convicted of spreading anti-government propaganda after the Iranian government took umbrage at the content of his film and sentenced with a film-making ban, as well as a jail sentence which he has fortunately so far managed to avoid.
PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY GOLDEN BEAR FOR BEST FILM (awarded to the producer of teh film)
Taxi by Jafar Panahi SILVER BEAR
GRAND JURY PRIZE El Club The Club by Pablo Larraín
SILVER BEAR ALFREDBAUER PRIZE for a feature film that opens new perspectives IxcanulIxcanul Volcano by JayroBustamante
SILVER BEAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR Radu Jude for Aferim! (Aferim!) ex aequo Małgorzata Szumowska for Body (Body)
SILVER BEAR FOR BEST ACTRESS Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years (45 Years) by Andrew Haigh
SILVER BEAR FOR BEST ACTOR Tom Courtenay in 45 Years (45 Years) by Andrew Haigh
SILVER BEAR FOR BEST SCRIPT Patricio Guzmán for El botón de nácar (The Pearl Button) by Patricio Guzmán
SILVER BEAR FOR OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION in the categories editing, music score, costume or set design SturlaBrandthGrøvlen (Victoria) by Sebastian Schipper
ex aequo Evgeniy Privin and Sergey Mikhalchuk for the Camera in Pod electricheskimi oblakami (Under Electric Clouds) by Alexey German Jr.
BEST FIRST FEATURE AWARD endowed with € 50,000, funded by GWFF 600 Millas 600 Miles by Gabriel Ripstein
PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM JURY GOLDEN BEAR FOR BEST SHORT FILM HOSANNA HOSANNA by Na Young-kil
SILVER BEAR JURY PRIZE (SHORT FILM) Bad at Dancing by Joanna Arnow
BERLIN SHORT FILM NOMINEE FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS Dissonance by Till Nowak