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Saturday, February 20, 2016

66th Berlin International Film Festival Award Winners


Post is being updated LIVE as winners are announced.

Will be updating LIVE the winners. Red Carpet starts in about 30 minutes, one and half hours later awards ceremony (7:00pm local time).

Will leave here some figures that make me wonder if they're accurate or not: 434 Films, 9 Juries, 124 Prizes..The figures at the #Berlinale2016 Figures come from a tweet at Berlinale official twitter account. Have to check if there will be 124 awards here!!!

The awards ceremony is over and have to say that as expected Gianfranco Rosi won the Golden Bear for his film Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea).  Now he has a Golden Bear and a Golden Lion, could he get the Golden Palm? Should research how many directors have the three top golden awards as to me achievement sounds similar to the American EGOT.

There are three awards that made me very happy as absolutely approve everything by Thomas Vinterberg and directing outstanding Trine Dyrholm must have been extraordinary; don't need to say but will say, Kollektivet is must-be-seen for me. Have seen almost everything by Mia Hansen-Løve as she is one of my favorite contemporary directors in the world (not only in French cinema); very glad she was honored for her work in L'Avenir. Last, but not least, I'm always puzzled and mesmerized by the work of Lav Diaz and know that will have to prepare to watch his 8 hours masterpiece, perhaps do as Dieter Kosslick said, watch early morning after, take a nap. But I'm really happy he was honored for his masterpiece Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis.

 Auf Wiedersehen! Hope to see you all in 2017.

Competition

Golden Bear for Best Film: Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea), Gianfranco Rosi, Italy and France
Silver Bear Jury Grand Prize: Smrt u Sarajevu (Death in Sarajevo), Danis Tanović, France and Bosnia Herzegovina
Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize: Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery), Lav Diaz, Philippines and Singapore

Silver Bear for Best Director: Mia Hansen-Løve for L'Avenir (Things to Come), France and Germany

Silver Bear for Best Actress: Trine Dyrholm in in Kollektivet (The Commune), Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark, Sweden and Netherlands
Silver Bear for Best Actor: Majd Mastoura in نحبك هادي Inhebbek Hedi (Hedi), Mohamed Ben Attia, Tunisia, Belgium and France

Silver Bear for Best Script: Tomasz Wasilewski for Zjednoczone Stany Miłości (United States of Love), Tomasz Wasilewski, Poland and Sweden
Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution in the categories Camera , Editing, Score, Costume Design or Set Design: Mark Lee Ping-Bing for 长江图 Chang Jian Tu (Crosscurrent), Yang Chao, China

Best First Feature Award: نحبك هادي Inhebbek Hedi (Hedi), Mohamed Ben Attia, Tunisia, Belgium and France

Generation

Generation Kplus

Children's Jury
Crystal Bear for Best Film: Ottaal (The Trap), Jayaraj Rajashekaran Nair, India
Special MentionJamais contente, Emilie Deleuze, France
Crystal Bear for Best Short Film: El inicio de Fabrizio (Fabrizio’s Initiation), Mariano Biasin, Argentina, 17'
Special MentionNinnoc, Niki Padidar, Netherlands, 19'

International Jury
Grand Prix for Best Film: Rara, Pepa San Martín, Chile and Argentina
Special Mention: Genç Pehlivanlar (Young Wrestlers), Mete Gümürhan, Turkey and Netherlands
Special Prize for Best Short Film: Semele, Myrsini Aristidou, USA and Cyprus, 13'
Special Mention:  Aurelia y Pedro (Aurelia and Pedro), Omar Robles and José Permar, Mexico, 16'

Generation 14Plus

Youth Jury
Crystal Bear for Best Film: Es esmu šeit (Mellow Mud), Renārs Vimba, Latvia
Special Mention: Las Plantas (Plants), Roberto Doveris, Chile
Crystal Bear for Best Short Film: Balcony, Toby Fell-Holden, UK
Special Mention: Kroppen är en ensam plats (The Body Is a Lonely Place), Ida Lindgren, Sweden

International Jury
Grand Prix: Las Plantas (Plants), Roberto Doveris, Chile
Special Mention: Zhaleika, Eliza Petkova, Germany
Special Prize for Best Short Film: O noapte in Tokoriki (A Night in Tokoriki), Roxana Stroe, Romania
Special Mention: Kroppen är en ensam plats (The Body Is a Lonely Place), Ida Lindgren, Sweden

Short Films
Golden Bear: Balada de um Batráquio (Batrachian's Ballad), Leonor Teles, Portugal, 11’
Silver Bear Jury Prize: A Man Returned, Mahdi Fleifel, UK, Netherlands and Denmark, 30’
Audi Award: Jin zhi xia mao (Anchorage Prohibited), Chiang Wei Liang, Taiwan, 16’
Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards: A Man Returned, Mahdi Fleifel, UK, Netherlands and Denmark, 30’

Collateral Awards - Prizes from Independent Juries

FIPRESCI Awards
Competition: Smrt u Sarajevu (Death in Sarajevo), Danis Tanović, France and Bosnia Herzegovina
Panorama: Aloys, Tobias Nölle, Switzerland and France
Forum: The Revolution Won’t Be Televised, Rama Thiaw, Senegal

Ecumenical Jury Awards
Competition: Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea), Gianfranco Rosi, Italy and France
Panorama: Les premiers, les derniers (The First, the Last), Bouli Lanners, France and Belgium
Forum: (tie)
بركة يقابل بركة Barakah yoqabil Barakah (Barakah Meets Barakah), Mahmoud Sabbagh, Saudi Arabia
Les Sauteurs (Those Who Jump), Moritz Siebert and Estephan Wagner, Denmark

Label Europa Cinemas: Les premiers, les derniers (The First, the Last), Bouli Lanners, France and Belgium
Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas: 24 Wochen (24 Weeks), Anne Zohra Berrached, Germany

Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art et d’Essai (C.I.C.A.E.)
Panorama: Grüße aus Fukushima (Fukushima, mon Amour), Doris Dörrie, Germany
Forum: Ilegitim (Illegitimate), Adrian Sitaru, Romania, Poland and France

Caligari Film Prize: Akher ayam el madina (In the Last Days of the City), Tamer El Said, Egypt, Germany, UK and UAE
Special Mentions
Tempestad, Tatiana Huezo, Mexico
The Revolution Won’t Be Televised, Rama Thiaw, Senegal

Teddy Awards
Best Film: Kater (Tomcat), Händl Klaus, Austria
Jury Award: Nunca vas a estar solo (You'll Never Be Alone), Alex Anwandter, Chile
Best Documentary/Essay Film: Kiki, Sara Jordenö, Sweden and USA
Best Short Film: Moms On Fire, Joanna Rytel, Sweden, 12’
Special Teddy Award: Christine Vachon

Audience Award: Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau (Paris 05:59), Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, France (G)
Männer Magazine Readers Jury Award: Mãe só há uma (Don’t Call me Son), Anna Muylaert, Brazil

Peace Film Prize: مخدومين Makhdoumin (A Maid for Each), Maher Abi Samra, Lebanon, France and Norway

Amnesty International Film Prize: (tie)
Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea), Gianfranco Rosi, Italy and France
رویای دم صبح Royahaye Dame Sobh (Starless Dreams), Mehrdad Oskouei, Iran

Made In Germany - Perspektive Fellowship: Janna Ji Wonders for Walchensee Forever

Heiner Carow Prize: Grüße aus Fukushima (Fukushima, mon Amour), Doris Dörrie, Germany

Honorary Golden Bear: Michael Balhaus
Berlinale Camera: Ben Barenholtz, Tim Robbins and Marlies Kirchner

Readers' Juries and Audience Awards
Panorama Audience Awards
Feature Film
First Place: Junction 48, Udi Aloni, Israel, Germany and USA
Second Place: Grüße aus Fukushima (Fukushima, mon Amour), Doris Dörrie, Germany
Third Place: Shepherds and Butchers, Oliver Schmitz, South Africa, USA and Germany
Documentary
First Place: Mi Yohav Oti Achshav? (Who's Gonna Love Me Now?), Tomer Heymann and Barak Heymann, Israel and UK
Second Place: Strike a Pose, Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan, Netherlands
Third Place: Weekends, Lee Dong-ha, Korea

The Berliner Morgenpost Readers' Jury Award: Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea), Gianfranco Rosi, Italy and France
The Tagesspiegel Readers' Jury Award: Nikdy nejsme sami (We Are Never Alone), Petr Václav, Czech Republic and France
ELSE -The Siegessäule Readers' Jury Award:

Prizes Berlinale Co-Production Market & Berlinale Talents

Arte International Prize: Alvaro Brechner for Memories from the Cell, Spain

Euroimages Co-Production Development Award: Pierre Földes for Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, France and Hungary
Special Mentions:
Memories from the Cell, Alvaro Brechner, Spain
The Little Comrade, Moonika Slimets, Estonia

VFF Talent HIghlight Pitch Award: Max Serdiuk for Tank, Ukraine

The Robert Bosch Stiftung for Intenational Cooperationg Germany/Arab World
Short Fiction FilmThsweesh, Feyrouz Serhal, Lebanon, 15'
Documentary FilmMiguel's War, Eliane Raheb, Lebanon
Animation Short FilmFour Acts for Syria, Waref Abu Quba and Kevork Mourad, Syria, 10'

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2/19/16
Today we started the very long post with all the 2016 Berlinale awards. Post will be In Progress until after the awards ceremony.

According to what happened in previous years most indicator have been mostly wrong (lol!) as obviously what film pundits predict has very little to do with jurors who usually are not film critics. Well this year main jury has a film critic so perhaps predictions and reality could be closer that ever before. Nevertheless, let's take a look to what could happen tomorrow.

Neil Young's predictions give the Golden Bear to Mia Hansen-Løve's Things to Come, the Grand Prix to Téchiné's Being 17 and Alfred Bauer Prize to Lav Diaz's A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery; Director to Gianfranco Rosi for Fire at Sea, Screenplay to Danis Tanović and Bernard-Henri Lévy for Death in Sarajevo and Technical Prize to Mark Lee Ping-bin for Crosscurrent. Acting awards to Majd Mastoura in Hedi and the female ensemble cast in United States of Love. His predictions are very French so easily you can imagine that I approve them, but wonder if an USA lead jury could give several awards to French produced or co produced cinema.

UK Screen International continues to have Gianfranco Rosi's Fire at Sea in the first place with 3.3 score followed by Things to Come, Midnight Special and Hedi with 2.9 each. Then more Continental Europe scores from FIPRESCI critics also give Fire at Sea the highest score (4.33) followed by The Commune by Thomas Vinterberg (3.75) and Things to Come by Mia Hansen-Løve (3.47). By the way, last year's FIPRESCI critics predicted Taxi as the Golden Bear winner and surprise, yes film won; so maybe this year Gianfranco Rosi will add a Golden Bear to his Golden Lion.

Will publish post as there are some already announced winners but section winners, like for example Generation, will have their awards tonight; consequently post will be constantly updated today.

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