Berlinale 2016: Berlin Festival’s nod to refugees issue


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The international jury presided by Mery Streep distributed awards at the closing ceremony of the 66th Berlinale, yet again a notable Festival with a selection of films from all over the world with a remarkable attendance of Star guests such as Spike Lee, Laura Linney, Jude Law Susanne Bier, Daniel Brühl, Daniel Burman, Nick Cannon, Don Cheadle, Isabel Coixet, John Cusack, Gérard Depardieu, Doris Dörrie, Kirsten Dunst, Trine Dyrholm, Colin Firth, Greta Gerwig, Alex Gibney, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Hiddleston, Isabelle Huppert, Julia Jentsch, Nick Jonas, Hugh Laurie, Denis Lavant etc.

But  the  Berlin Festival was also highlighted by a special initiative in favour of refugees which played a reminder of how Germany has sort of led the march in welcoming and adjusting to the needs of those running away from desperate situations and war conflicts in their native countries. The Berlinale has indeed always endeavor to remain responsive to current events in society through films and other complementary activities.

This is something that resonated even more when “Fuocoammare Fire at sea” by Gianfrtanco Rosi a documentary about the struggle of refugees received the Golden Bear top prize

An unflinching look at life on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, where thousands of asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East have arrived trying to reach the Europe over the last two decades. Gianfrnaco Rosi said about his movie: “I hope to bring awareness” as he accepted his trophy. 606x340_324902

“Once more the Berlinale is proving to be a huge crowd-puller. We are very pleased that thousands of people from Berlin and around the globe have again joined us to take a cinematic voyage of discovery,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.

It was also a good year for the The European Film Market (EFM) held both at the Martin-Gropius-Bau with the Gropius Park and at the Marriott Hotel with a rising attendance of over 8,500 accredited professionals from more than 100 countries, including 1,500 buyers were expected on nine market days by 543 exhibitors from 73 countries. 1,090 market screenings, of which 532 were market premieres

PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY

Members of the Jury: Meryl Streep (Jury President), Lars Eidinger, Nick James, Brigitte Lacombe, Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher and Małgorzata Szumowska

GOLDEN BEAR FOR BEST FILM (awarded to the film’s producer)

Fuocoammare Fire at Sea
by Gianfranco Rosi

SILVER BEAR GRAND JURY PRIZE

Smrt u Sarajevu / Mort à Sarajevo Death in Sarajevo
by Danis Tanović

SILVER BEAR ALFRED BAUER PRIZE for a feature film that opens new perspectives

Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis
A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery by Lav Diaz

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR Mia Hansen-Løve for
L’ avenir (Things to Come)

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST ACTRESS Trine Dyrholm in

Kollektivet (The Commune) by Thomas Vinterberg SILVER BEAR FOR BEST ACTOR

Majd Mastoura in
Inhebbek Hedi (Hedi) by Mohamed Ben Attia

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST SCRIPT Tomasz Wasilewski für

Zjednoczone stany miłości (United States of Love) by Tomasz Wasilewski

 

READERS’ JURIES AND AUDIENCE AWARD

PANORAMA AUDIENCE AWARD

Fiction Film
Junction 48 (Junction 48) by Udi Aloni

PANORAMA AUDIENCE AWARD

Documentary Film
Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? (Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?) by Barak Heymann and Tomer Heymann

TEDDY AUDIENCE AWARD

Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau (Paris 05:59) by Jacques Martineau and Olivier Ducastel BERLINER MORGENPOST READERS’ JURY AWARD

Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) by Gianfranco Rosi TAGESSPIEGEL READERS’ JURY AWARD

Nikdy nejsme sami (We Are Never Alone) by Petr Vaclav MÄNNER MAGAZIN READERS’ JURY AWARD

Mãe só há uma (Don’t Call Me Son) by Anna Muylaert

by Fab Poller

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