'Jade' nabs Silver Bear

Irish helmer David O’Reilly’s animated work “Please Say Something” has won the Berlinale Shorts Golden Bear.

The international short film jury, comprised of Khavn de la Cruz of the Philippines, Arta Dobroshi of Kosovo and Germany’s Lars Henrik Gass, announced the winner of the short film competition on Wednesday, describing it as: “A film which gave us lots of emotion, sensitivity and much to think about. A very humane story. With characters who made us laugh and feel sad at the same time.”

Set in the distant future, “Please Say Something” is the story of the difficult relationship between a very emotional cat and her husband, a tedious mouse.

The Silver Bear went to “Jade,” by Daniel Elliott of the U.K., about a pregnant girl trying to decide what to do.

Cuban filmmaker Susana Barriga’s “The Illusion,” about a young woman who travels to England to meet her father for the first time, picked up the DAAD Short Film Prize.

The jury also nominated “Die Leiden des Herrn Karpf. Der Geburtstag” (The Suffering of Mr. Karpf. The Birthday.), by German helmer Lola Randl, as the Berlinale short film nominee for this year’s European Film Awards.

Special mentions went to Leila Albayaty’s Belgian pic “VU” and Christoph Girardet and Matthias Mueller’s unconventional German work “contre-jour.”

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