Saturday, February 14, 2015

65th Berlin International Film Festival Award Winners

In less than an hour the awards ceremony will start and right now is the last red carpet of Berlinale 2015, the red carpet for the Award Ceremony of the 65th Berlinale.

Watching red carptet and getting excited with some of the people that are still in Berlin, including complete cast of Ixcanul, Body and more ...

Will update with each winner as soon as it is announced.

So everyone that walked the Red Carpet got an award, which you know it doesn't happen in Cannes (they make them walk the back door) as takes off some of the excitement.  Well, we knew which films were going to win but at least had no idea what they will win.

My first spontaneous impression to 2015 Berlinale is that belongs to Latin American Cinema and particularly to Chile that won so many awards in this edition, but also Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico and -most positively surprising- Guatemala collected top awards. Most interesting is to find in social media the many congratulations to Darren Aronofsky for awarding prizes to excellent films!  Yes, sometimes jury awards seem to be biased, but this Berlinale really gave top awards to great films that had good buzz during the whole festival.

Auf wiedersehen bis zum nächsten jahr!


Golden Bear for Best Film: تاکسی‎ Taxi, Jafar Panahi, Iran

Silver Bear Jury Grand Prize: El Club (The Club), Pablo Larraín, Chile

Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize: Ixcanul (Ixcanul Volcano), Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala and France

Silver Bear for Best Director: (tie)
Radu Jude for Aferim!, Romania, Bulgaria and Czech Republic
Malgorzata Szumowska for Ciało (Body), Poland

Silver Bear for Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years, Andrew Haigh, UK
Silver Bear for Best Actor: Tom Courtenay in 45 Years, Andrew Haigh, UK

Silver Bear for Best Script: Patricio Guzmán for El Botón de Nácar (The Pearl Button), Patricio Guzmán, France, Chile and Spain (documentary)
Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution in the categories Camera, Editing, Score, Costume Design or Set Design: (tie)
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen for Victoria, Sebastian Schipper, Germany
Evgeniy Privin and Sergey Mikhalchuk for Под электрическими облаками Pod electricheskimi oblakami (Under Electric Clouds), Alexey German, Russia, Ukraine and Poland

Best First Feature Award: 600 Millas (600 Miles), Gabriel Ripstein, Mexico (Panorama)


Generation Kplus

Children's Jury
Crystal Bear for Best Film: Min Lilla Syster (My Skinny Sister), Sanna Lenken, Sweden and Germany
Special Mention: Dhanak (Rainbow), Nagesh Kukunoor, India
Crystal Bear for Best Short Film: Hadiat Abi (Gift of My Father), Salam Salman, Iraq, UK, Netherlands
Special Mention: The Tie, An Vrombaut, Belgium

International Jury
Grand Prix for Best Film: Dhanak (Rainbow), Nagesh Kukunoor, India
Special Mention: Min Lilla Syster (My Skinny Sister), Sanna Lenken, Sweden and Germany
Special Prize for Best Short Film: Giovanni en het waterballet (Giovanni and the Water Ballet), Astrid Bussink, Netherlands
Special Mention: Agnes, Anja Lind, Sweden

Generation 14Plus

Youth Jury
Crystal Bear for Best Film: Flocken (Floking), Beata Gårdeler, Sweden
Special Mention: Prins (Prince), Sam de Jong, Netherlands
Crystal Bear for Best Short Film: A Confession, Petros Silvestros, UK
Special Mention: Nelly, Chris Raiber, Austria

International Jury
Grand Prix: The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Marielle Heller, USA
Special Mention: Nena, Saskia Diesing, Netherlands and Germany
Special Prize for Best Short Film: Coach, Ben Adler, France
Special Mention: Tuolla Puolen (Reunion), Iddo Soskolne and Janne Reinikainen, Finland

Short Films

Golden Bear: Hosanna, Na Young-kil, South Korea
Silver Bear Jury Prize: Bad at Dancing, Joanna Arnow, USA
Audi Award: Planet Σ, Momoko Seto, FranceBerlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film AwardsDissonance, Till Nowak. Germany

Collateral Awards - Prizes from Independent Juries

Competition: Taxi, Jafar Panahi, Iran
Panorama: Paridan az Ertefa Kam (A Minor Leap Down), Hamed Rajabi, Iran and France
Forum: Il gesto delle mani (Hand Gestures), Francesco Clerici, Italy

Ecumenical Jury Awards
Competition: El botón de nácar (The Pearl Button), Patricio Guzmán, France, Chile and Spain
Panorama: Ned Rifle, Hal Hartley, USA
Forum: Histoire de Judas (Story of Judas), Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche, France

Label Europa Cinemas: Mot Naturen (Out of Nature), Ole Giæver and Marte Vold, Norway

Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas: Victoria, Sebastian Schipper, Germany

Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art et d’Essai (C.I.C.A.E.)
Panorama: Que Horas Ela Volta? (The Second Mother), Anna Muylaert, Brazil
Forum: Zurich, Sacha Polak, Netherlands, Germany and Belgium

FGYO-Dialogue en Perspective: Ein idealer Ort (A Perfect Place), Anatol Schuster, Germany
Special Mention: Im Sommer wohnt er unten (Summers Downstairs), Tom Sommerlatte, Germany and France

Caligari Film Prize: Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III, Kidlat Tahimik, Philippines

Teddy Awards
Best Film: Nasty Baby, Sebastián Silva, USA
Jury Award: Stories of Our Lives, Jim Chuchu, Kenya
Best Documentary/Essay Film: El Hombre Nuevo (The New Man), Aldo Garay, Uruguay and Chile
Best Short Film: San Cristóbal (Saint Christopher), Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo, Chile
Special Teddy Award: Udo Kier
Vision & Voice Award: Martha Tholanah

Peace Film Prize: The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Indonesia and UK
Amnesty International Film Prize: Tell Spring Not to Come This Year, Saeed Taji Farouky and Michael McEvoy, UK

Made In Germany - Perspektive Fellowship: Oskar Sulowski for Rosebuds

Heiner Carow Prize: B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin, Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange, Germany (from Panorama Dokumente section)

Think:Film Award (tie)
Oskar Dawicki in The Performer, Maciej Sobieszczanski and Lukasz Ronduda, Poland
Untitled (Human Mask), Pierre Huyghe, France
Special Mention: Thamaniat wa ushrun laylan wa bayt min al-sheir (Twenty-Eight Nights and A Poem), Akram Zaatari, Lebanon and France

Eurimages Co-Production Development Award: 3 Days in Quiberon, Emily Atef, Germany
Special Mention: The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea, Syllas Tsoumerkas, Greece
VFF Talent Highlight Pitch Award: Biencuidao, Abner Benaim, Panama and Argentina
Arte International Prize: Los Perros, Marcela Said, Chile and France

Dolby Atmos Policy Trailer: Warren Santiago from Thailand and Philippines

Best co-production TV series project: Hierro, Spain

Honorary Golden Bear: Wim Wenders
Berlinale Camera: Marcel Ophüls, Naum Kleiman, Alice Waters and Carlo Petrini

Readers' Juries and Audience Awards

Panorama Audience Awards
Feature Film
First Place: Que Horas Ela Volta? (The Second Mother), Anna Muylaert, Brazil
Second Place: Stories of Our Lives, Jim Chuchu, Kenya
Third Place: Härte (Tough Love), Rosa von Praunheim, Germany
First Place: Tell Spring Not to Come This Year, Saeed Taji Farouky and Michael McEvoy, UK
Second Place: The Yes Men Are Revolting, Laura Nix, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, USA, Germany, France, Denmark and Netherlands
Third Place: Iraqi Odyssey, Samir, Switzerland, Germany, Iraq and UAE

The Berliner Morgenpost Readers' Jury Award: Victoria, Sebastian Schipper, Germany
The Tagesspiegel Readers' Jury Award: Flotel Europa, Vladimir Tomic, Denmark and Serbia
ELSE -The Siegessäule Readers' Jury Award: Zui Sheng Meng Si (Thanatos, Drunk), Chang Tso-Chi, Taiwan

Check very nice video summary of the 2015 Berlinale

Today we started the very long post with all the 2015 Berlinale awards. Post will be In Progress until after the awards ceremony.

Talking about award winners let me share what I think could happen tomorrow. Perhaps what I have most clear is about the front-runners for the Best Actress Silver Bear as there are two quite known, Alba Rohrwacher in Sworn Virgin and Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years; but also there is some buzz and speculation that an unknown could win the award .

What really called my attention is which films are being considered for the Golden Bear. If we consider what Neil Young's call Golden Bear Odds, then we see that up to today February 12 the two films that have better odds are Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups and Pablo Larraín’s The Club.  Believe the first gets the better odds mostly because who is the Jury President and not necessarily because all the fuzz and buzz that surrounds the festival.  Seems Aronofsky has mentioned Malick as his influence, especially when he did some of his earlier films, so assume that everyone knows the influence the jury president has among his peers and expect a predictable reaction to what is familiar for him.

But we know better. Film festivals top award winners are mostly unpredictable as usually jury members are eclectic and this year Berlinale jury is as eclectic as can bee with Aronofsky style, most interesting Bong Joon-ho particular style and the very magical style of Claudia Llosa.  So, who knows what could happen when you have three very strong directors in one jury.

Up to this moment when most of the collateral awards have been announced the BIG winner absolutely is Latin American cinema as films from Chile, Uruguay and Brazil have win several awards and swept the Teddy's.

Was checking the FIPRESCI scores and according to film critics the most probable Golden Bear winner is Taxi with a score of 3.67; but very close also are The Club (3.53) and Aferim! (3.50) followed by -above 3 score- 45 Years (3.44), Sworn Virgin (3.38), Ixcanul (3.29), and Body (3.15).

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