Prison drama takes top prize at Berlinale; Petzold gets Silver Bear for 'Barbara'

Berlin– Italian filmmaking brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani won the Berlinale’s Golden Bear on Saturday for their black and white drama, “Caesar Must Die.”

The semi-documentary pic centers on inmates of the Rebibbia maximum security prison in Rome who stage Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.”

The Tavianis said the film was neither a documentary film nor a feature, but rather something new, and a real look at prisoners serving life sentences.

The fest’s international jury spread prizes far and wide, with the Silver Bear Jury Grand Prix going to Bence Fliegauf’s Hungarian pic “Just the Wind,” which offers a stark look at racially motivated violence.

Germany’s 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

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