Ruben Oestlund’s Swedish title “Incident by a Bank” has won the Golden Bear for best short.
Pic reconstructs a failed bank robbery witnessed in 2006 using 96 people in one consecutive shot.
“His film is a real reflection on our times and the role played by media,” the jury said, adding: “The dialogues are perfect, humanity is explained with humor.”
Announced on Wednesday, ahead of Saturday’s main awards ceremony, other winners included Israeli title “The Descent,” by Shai Miedzinski, which picked up the Jury Prize Silver Bear. Pic tells the story of a family looking for a stone suitable for use as a tombstone for their son’s grave.
The DAAD scholarship went to Adrian Sitaru from Romania for “The Cage,” about a boy who finds an injured dove and insists on keeping it despite his father’s protests. This award gives Sitaru the opportunity to travel to Berlin for three months and work on a new project.
In addition to the Golden and Silver Bears and the DAAD scholarship, the jury also selects a nominee for the European Film Awards’ best European short film category. That nomination went to Belgian director Natalie Teirlinck for her film “Venus vs Me,” about a 12-year-old girl who’s life is complicated by the arrival of her mother’s new boyfriend.
Jury included Zita Caravalhosa, the founder and director of the Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Max Dax, editor-in-chief of German pop culture magazine Spex and British producer Samm Haillay.