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.
“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