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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Berlin Film Festival: The Winners List
10:07 AM PST 2/20/2016 by Scott Roxborough

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/berlin-66th-film-festival-winners-867785

The most politically-charged Berlin Film Festival of recent years came to a head tonight with the awards ceremony for the winners of the Gold and Silver Bears.

Gianfranco Rosi's refugee documentary Fire at Sea won the Golden Bear for best film, beating out several other politically-charged dramas. The documentary looks at the island of Lampadusa in Italy where thousands of refugees have flooded.

Meryl Streep, who headed the seven-person Berlin Festival jury that chose this year's winners, said of the Golden Bear-winning film: "This is a film that commands our attention and demands action."

"I dedicate this film to the people of Lampadusa," Rosi said, hoisting his Golden Bear. Before the ceremony, the director noted that it was particularly poignant to be able to screen Fire at Sea in Berlin, a city "that tore down a wall between people." Europe now, Rosi told The Hollywood Reporter, is building up "new walls, new barriers to keep people out who are fleeing war and death. That is not the kind of Europe I want to be a part of."

Current issues, including the migration crisis in Europe and the controversy over patrolling the U.S/Mexican border, have been the themes that have dominated Berlin this year. Even George Clooney, who opened the festival Feb. 11 with the feel-good Coen Brothers' film Hail, Caesar!, spent most of his Berlin visit talking about the refugee crisis. Clooney and his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, even met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday, Feb. 12, to discuss the issue.

U.S. films were shut out of the awards for the 66th Berlin Festival, with Jeff Nichols' highly-praised Midnight Special and Alex Gibney's shocking cyberwar documentary Zero Days both going unrecognized.

The acting awards went to a newcomer and an old pro. First-time actor Majd Mastoura won best actor for his turn in Hedi, a touching love story set in modern-day Tunisia, the debut feature of director Mohamed Ben Attia; while Danish veteran Trine Dyrholm took the Silver Bear best actress prize for her tour de force performance in Thomas Vinterberg's The Commune, playing a successful career women in 1970s Denmark whose life slowly unravels after she and her husband found a commune with their friends.

Receiving her award from Streep, Dyrholm acted the fan girl, saying what an honor it was to share the same stage with the three-time Oscar winner.

Another Oscar-winner, Bosnian director Danis Tanovic, took home the grand jury prize for Death in Sarajevo, an ensemble piece a la Robert Altman set entirely in a Sarajevo hotel. The Alfred Bauer Prize, named after the festival's founder, went to Filipino director Lav Diaz for A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery, a seven-hour marathon of a movie that required audiences to commit an entire day to screen.

See the list of winners below.

Golden Bear for Best Film: Fire at Sea from Gianfranco Rosi
Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize: Death in Sarajevo from Danis Tanovic
Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize: A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery from Lav Diaz
Silver Bear for Best Director: Mia Hansen for Things to Come
Silver Bear for Best Actress: Trine Dyrholm for The Commune
Silver Bear for Best Actor: Majd Mastoura for Hedi
Silver Bear for Best Script: United States of Love from writer-director Tomasz Wasilewski
Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution: Crosscurrent from Mark Lee Ping-Bing
Best First Feature: Hedi from Mohamed Ben Attia
Golden Bear for Best Short Film: Balada De Um Batráquio from Leonor Teles
Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film): A Man Returned from Mahdi Fleifel
Audi Short Film Award: Anchorage Prohibited from Chiang Wei Liang
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Berlinale Golden Bear for Italian refugee documentary 'Fuocoammare'

Date 20.02.2016
Author Martin Kuebler (Berlinale, AP, dpa, Reuters, AFP)

http://www.dw.com/en/berlinale-golden-bear-for-italian-refugee-documentary-fuocoammare/a-19063227

After 11 days of film premieres and star-studded events, the Berlin International Film Festival came to a close on Saturday, with refugee documentary 'Fuocoammare' taking home the Golden Bear for best film.

Golden Bear:

"Fuocoammare" ("Fire at Sea") has been awarded the Golden Bear for best film at the 66th annual Berlin International Film Festival. It is the first time that a feature-length documentary film has been awarded the prize. The film by Italian director Gianfranco Rosi highlights the dramatic situation of refugees on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa.

"My deepest thought goes to those that never made it on their journey of hope," said Rosi, whose native Eritrea is a point of origin for many of the Europe-bound refugees. He dedicated his award to the people of Lampedusa, who he said have shown great humanity in the face of the numbers of refugees arriving on their island. Lying in the Mediterranean between Tunisia and Sicily, Lampedusa is often the first European port reached by thousands of asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East.

"['Fuocoammare'] goes to the heart of what the Berlinale is about," said three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep, who headed the seven-member jury that selected the winners. "Fuocoammare" also won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Amnesty International film prize.

The Berlinale, the first of the year's major European film festivals, is known for featuring topical international cinema. Last year's Golden Bear went to Iranian dissident filmmaker Jafar Panahi's "Taxi."
Fuocoammare film still

"Fuocoammare" was one of many films at the festival to highlight the refugee crisis

'Angels in Berlin'

The plight of migrants and refugees was a major theme at this year's festival, with numerous films showcasing the issue. Earlier in the evening, two shorts on migrants also won major prizes. Accepting his Silver Bear for "Jin zhi xia mao" ("Anchorage Prohibited"), director Chiang Wei Liang praised Germany's efforts in welcoming refugees over the past year.

"There are angels in Berlin, not just high up on the victory column," he said.

Last week, Hollywood actor George Clooney and his human rights lawyer wife Amal, in town for the festival premiere of Clooney's new film "Hail, Caesar!," met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the crisis in Syria and Europe's efforts to help refugees.

The festival also made an effort this year to employ refugees in several positions, opened screenings to asylum seekers and collected upwards of 25,000 euros ($27,800) in donations.

Silver Bears

Majd Mastoura won the Silver Bear for best actor

Oscar-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic won the festival's Jury Grand Prize, seen as the festival's second most-prestigious award after the Golden Bear, for "Smrt u Sarajevu" ("Death in Sarajevo"), a film about the corrosive legacy of the Balkan wars.

Majd Mastoura took home the award for best actor, the Silver Bear, for his role in the Tunisian film "Inhebbek Hedi," which is set in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring.

The film, which tells the story of a love triangle, is by director Mohamed Ben Attia and was the first Tunisian film shown in the international competition in two decades.

The Silver Bear for best actress went to Trine Dyrholm for "Kollektivet," in which Dyrholm's character Anna struggles with her life as a member of a commune in 1970s Copenhagen.

French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love won the Silver Bear for her film "L'avenir," which stars Isabelle Huppert as a woman facing the onset of old age after the breakup of her marriage.

The winners were selected by the international jury led by Streep, who received an enthusiastic welcome on the rainy red carpet before the awards ceremony.

Other jury members included German actor Lars Eidinger, UK film critic Nick James, French photographer Brigitte Lacombe, British actor Clive Owen, Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher and Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska.

A number of prominent German politicians were also seated among the stars and filmmakers in the audience, including German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Berlin Mayor Michael Müller.
Film Junction 48

"Junction 48" was named best feature film by the audience earlier in the day

Audience awards

Earlier Saturday, Israeli filmmakers came out on top in the first round of prizes at the Berlinale. The feature film "Junction 48," from director Udi Aloni, was given the Panorama Audience Award. The Israeli-German co-production tells the story of two Palestinian musicians living in Israel, battling repression and their own conservative communities.

Fellow Israeli directors and brothers Tomer and Barak Heymann were given the audience award for best documentary for "Who's Gonna Love Me Now?," a film about a gay Israeli man living with HIV who joins the London Gay Men's Chorus. The two films were selected from 51 submissions sent in from 33 countries.

LIST OF BERLINALE WINNERS

Golden Bear for best film: "Fuocoammare" ("Fire at Sea"), Italy/France
Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize: "Smrt u Sarajevu" ("Death in Sarajevo"), Danis Tanovic, Bosnia/France
Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize: "Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis" ("A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery"), Lav Diaz, The Philippines/Singapore
Silver Bear for best director: Mia Hansen-Love, "L'avenir" ("Things to Come"), France/Germany
Silver Bear for best actress: Trine Dyrholm, "Kollektivet" ("The Commune"), Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands
Silver Bear for best actor: Majd Mastoura, "Inhebbek Hedi", Tunisia/Belgium/France
Silver Bear for best script: Tomasz Wasilewski, "Zjednoczone Stany Milosci" ("United States of Love"), Poland/Sweden
Silver Bear for best cinematography: Mark Lee Ping-Bing, " Chang Jiang Tu" ("Crosscurrent"), China
Best first feature film: "Inhebbek Hedi," Mohamed Ben Attia, Tunisia/Belgium/France
Golden Bear for best short film: "Balada de um Batraquio" ("Batrachian's Ballad§), Leonor Teles, Portugal
Teddy for best feature film with gay or lesbian context: "Kater" ("Tomcat"), Händl Klaus, Austria
Teddy for best documentary film with gay or lesbian context: "Kiki" ("Kiki"), Sara Jordeno, Sweden/United States
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sandy wrote:
Silver Bear for best cinematography: Mark Lee Ping-Bing, " Chang Jiang Tu" ("Crosscurrent"), China


I`ve seen this movie and it is well deserved! thumbright
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If anyone of you is interested in watching some shorts, here you go ...

http://www.berlinale.de/de/im_fokus/videostreaming/berlinale_shorts_online/index.html
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To Sandy : Many thanks for posting the list of Berlinale-winners....with some enlighning details additionally Smile

Dear...well returned home Heike !

So you finally watched the later Chinese Silver-Bear winner (for best cinematography ) haha .Lucky you !.Very Happy

Once again: MANY THANKS for all your efforts.....I really enjoyed ! flower
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tin-Yau wrote:
Sandy wrote:
Silver Bear for best cinematography: Mark Lee Ping-Bing, " Chang Jiang Tu" ("Crosscurrent"), China


I`ve seen this movie and it is well deserved! thumbright


You are so lucky to get a ticket for "Chang Jiang Tu" Very Happy . And congrats to Mark Lee Ping-Bing, the Hou Hsiao-hsien preferred cinematographer, to capture the Bear. Tony fans would know his work in "In the Mood for Love" and "Flowers of Shanghai" love . He actually filmed a lot for "2046" too (I heard, but uncredited) Shocked .

PS, there was a documentary film, LET THE WIND CARRY ME (乘着光影旅行), shot few years ago. It was about the filming life of Lee Ping Bing.
Anyone who is interested in this can watch it on YouTube Very Happy :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeLIUfeN3n8
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