Saturday, February 14, 2009

2009 Berlinale Generation 14plus Award Winners and other News

Yesterday this section of the Berlinale had their award ceremony and here are the winners.

Crystal Bear for Best Feature Film: My Suicide, David Lee Miller, USA, 2009
A rare theme which is both current and extremely tragic for young people has been persuasively tackled in this film. We were not only fascinated by the film’s gripping content also the highly original way in which it was made. The protagonist’s loneliness and his longing for love are authentic and awe-inspiring.

Special Mention: Mary and Max, Adam Elliot, Australia, 2008
Feeling lonely, excluded and misunderstood – for the Youth Jury, these were the main ideas expressed in the films in this year’s Generation 14plus competition. One of these films was a particular highlight. This film touches on the life’s most decisive moments. It is ironic, endearing and has an unrivalled aesthetic. Who am I and why am I? What is he meaning of friendship and how do I find my way to love and to my own self? Five years of production at the rate of five seconds a day definitely paid off!

To check the award winners for Shorts go here and if you are interested in learning the award winners of the Berlinale Shorts 2009 go here.

On other news the fest is honoring Manoel de Oliveira, the oldest active director in the history of film, with the Berlinale Camera. To read the press release go here.

In the Berlinale Talent Campus Wagah by Supriyo Sen from India wins the Berlin Today Award 2009 and Special Mention goes to My Super Sea Wall by Gina Abatemarco from the USA, to read the complete press release go here.

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