Sunday, February 19, 2012

Awards Watch: Winners Announced at Berlinale

Listed below are the winners at the 2012 Berlinale Film Festival. Last year's winner was Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, which has gone on to become one of the year's most acclaimed films, and received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. The winner of the Golden Bear, and from what I understand, a surprising selection from the jury that included Mike Leigh, was Caesar Must Die, a documentary directed by the Taviani brothers.

Golden Bear for the Best Film: Cesare deve morire [Casesar Must Die] (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani)

Jury Grand Prix - Silver Bear: Csak a szel [Just the Wind] (Benece Fliegauf)

Silver Bear for Best Director: Christin Petzold for Barbara

Silver Bear for Best Actress: Rachel Mwanza in Rebelle [War Witch] by Kim Nguyen.

Silver Bear for Best Actor: Mikkel Boe Folsgaard in En Kongelig Affaere [A Royal Affair] by Nicholaj Arcel

Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution – Lutz Reitemeier for the photography in Bai lu yuan [White Deer Plain] by Wang Quan’an

Silver Bear for the Best Script – Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg for En Kongelig Affaere [A Royal Affai] by Nikolaj Arcel

Alfred Bauer Prize, awarded in memory of the Festival founder, for a work of particular innovation: Tabu by Miguel Gomes

Best First Feature Award: Kauwboy by Boudwijn Koole

Special Prize – Silver Bear: L’enfant d’en haut [Sister] by Urusla Meier

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