Prison drama takes top prize at Berlinale; Petzold gets Silver Bear for 'Barbara'
Christian Petzold picked up the Silver Bear for director for his East German drama “Barbara,” about a doctor who is harshly reprimanded for wanting to leave the GDR. Rachel Mwanza took the actress Silver Bear for “War Witch,” about a girl soldier trying to survive in an African civil war. The Silver Bear for best actor went to Mikkel Boe Folsgaard for Nikolaj Arcel’s “A Royal Affair,” which also picked up the Silver Bear for script for Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg. Cinematographer Lutz Reitemeier won the Silver Bear for outstanding artistic achievement for his work in Wang Quan’an’s Chinese drama “White Deer Plain.” Miguel Gomes’ Portuguese black and white drama “Tabu” nabbed the Alfred Bauer Prize, given to works of “particular innovation.” “I don”t quite understand winning a prize for innovation because I set out to make an old-fashioned film,” quipped Gomes as he accepted the award. The jury awarded a special mention Silver Bear to Ursula Meier’s Swiss drama “Sister,” about a poor boy who steals from wealthy tourists at a Swiss ski resort in order to survive. Boudewijn Koole’s Dutch Generation Kplus screener “Kauwboy,” about a young boy who adopts a motherless baby bird, won the best first feature award with a special mention going to Emin Alper’s “Beyond the Hill,” a Turkish-Greek drama that unspooled in Forum. Complete list of winners: Golden Bear for Best Film “Caesar Must Die,” by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Silver Bear, The Jury Grand Prix “Just the Wind,” by Bence Fliegauf Silver Bear, Best Director Christian Petzold for “Barbara” Silver Bear, Best Actress Rachel Mwanza for “War Witch” Silver Bear, Best Actor Mikkel Boe Folsgaard for “A Royal Affair” Silver Bear, Outstanding Artistic Achievement Lutz Reitemeier, cinematographer, for “White Deer Plain” Silver Bear, Best Script Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg for “A Royal Affair” Alfred Bauer Prize “Tabu,” by Miguel Gomes Special Prize Silver Bear “Sister,” by Ursula Meier Best First Feature Award “Kauwboy,” by Boudewijn Koole Best First Feature Award Special Mention “Beyond the Hill,” by Emin Alper International Short Films Golden Bear “Rafa,” by Joao Salaviza Silver Bear “The Great Rabbit,” by Atsushi Wada Special Mention “Licuri Surf,” by Guile Martins Generation Kplus Crystal Bear for Best Film “Arcadia,” by Olivia Silver Special Mention “Just Pretended to Hear,” by Kaori Imaizumi Crystal Bear for Best Short Film “Julian,” by Matthew Moore Special Mention “Bino,” by Billie Pleffer Generation 14plus Crystal Bear for Best Film “Night of Silence,” by Reis Celik Special Mention “The Crown Jewels,” by Ella Lemhagen Crystal Bear for Best Short Film “Meathead,” by Sam Holst Special Mention “663114,” by Isamu Hirabayashi International Jury Generation Kplus Grand Prix Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk for Best Film “Kauwboy,” by Boudewijn Koole Special Mention “Gattu,” by Rajan Khosa Teddy Awards Best Feature Film “Keep the Lights On,” by Ira Sachs Best Documentary Film “Call Me Kuchu,” by Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Katherine Fairfax Wright Best Short Film “Loxoro,” by Claudia Llosa Teddy Jury Award “Jaures,” by Vincent Dieutre Made in Germany — Perskpektive Fellowship Annekatrin Hendel for “Disco” Dialogue en Perspektive “This Ain”t California,” by Marten Persiel