The jury of the 66th Berlinale film festival — led by Meryl Streep (President), Lars Eidinger, Nick James, Brigitte Lacombe, Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher and Malgorzata Szumowska — have awarded the Golden Bear to the very timely refugee documentary Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare), directed by Gianfranco Rosi.
Famed Filipino director Lav Diaz took home the Alfred Bauer Prize for his 8-hour epic A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery and jokingly referred to it in his acceptance speech as a “short film.”
The full list of winners:
Silver Bear for Best Script: United States of Love (Tomasz Wasilewski)
Silver Bear for Best Artistic Contribution: Mark Lee Ping Bin for his cinematography in Crosscurrent
Silver Bear for Best Director: Mia Hansen-Løve for Things to Come
Silver Bear for Best Actor: Majd Mastoura for Hedi
Silver Bear for Best Actress: Trine Dyrholm for The Commune
Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize: Lav Diaz for A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery
Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize: Death in Sarajevo (Danis Tanović)
Golden Bear for Short Film: Batrachian’s Ballad (Leonor Teles)
Silver Bear for Short Film: A Man Returned (Mahdi Fleifel)
Audi Short Film Award: Anchorage Prohibited (Chiang Wei Liang)
A total of four juries have announced awards for films screening in the two strands of the program aimed at younger viewers, Generation.
Generation 14plus Youth Jury:
- Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Renārs Vimba’s Mellow Mud. Special Mention: Roberto Doveris’s Plants.
- Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film: Toby Fell-Holden’s Balcony. Special Mention: Ida Lindgren’s The Body Is a Lonely Place.
Generation 14plus International Jury:
- Grand Prix: Roberto Doveris’s Plants. Special Mention: Eliza Petkova’s Zhaleika.
- Special Prize: Roxana Stroe’s A Night in Tokoriki. Special Mention: Ida Lindgren’s The Body Is a Lonely Place.
Generation Kplus Children’s Jury:
- Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair’s The Trap. Special mention: Emilie Deleuze’s Miss Impossible.
- Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film: Mariano Biasin’s Fabrizio’s Initiation. Special Mention: Niki Padidar’s Ninnoc.
Generation Kplus International Jury:
- Grand Prix: Pepa San Martín’s Rara. Special Mention: Mete Gümürhan’s Young Wrestlers.
- Best Short Film: Myrsini Aristidou’s Semele. Special Mention: Omar Robles and José Permar’s Aurelia and Pedro.
FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique):
- Competition: Danis Tanović’s Death in Sarajevo.
- Panorama: Tobias Nölle’s Aloys.
- Forum: Rama Thiaw’s The Revolution Won’t Be Televised.
Teddy Awards, “the most outstanding queer film prize in the world,” celebrating the 30th anniversary:
- Best Feature: Händl Klaus’s Tomcat.
- Best Documentary/Essay: Sara Jordenö’s Kiki.
- Best Short: Joanna Rytel’s Moms on Fire.
- Special Jury Award: Alex Anwandter’s You’ll Never Be Alone.
- Special Teddy Award: Christine Vachon.
The Ecumenical Jury:
- Competition: Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea.
- Panorama: Bouli Lanners’s The First, the Last.
- Forum: Mahmoud Sabbagh’s Barakah Meets Barakah and Abou Bakar Sidibé, Estephan Wagner and Moritz Siebert’s Those Who Jump.
Guild of German Art House Cinemas: Anne Zohra Berrached’s 24 Weeks.
CICAE (Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art et d’Essai):
Caligari Film Prize (Forum only): Tamer El Said’s In the Last Days of the City.
Europa Cinemas Label (Panorama only): Bouli Lanners’s The First, the Last.
Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship: Janna Ji Wonders for Walchensee Forever.
Peace Film Prize: Maher Abi Samra’s A Maid for Each.
Heiner Carow Prize, “for the promotion of German cinematic arts to a documentary, feature or essay film in the Panorama section”: Doris Dörrie’s Fukushima, mon Amour.
Panorama Audience Award:
- Fiction: Udi Aloni’s Junction 48.
- Documentary: Barak Heymann and Tomer Heymann’s Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?
Berliner Morgenpost Readers’ Jury: Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea.
Tagesspiegel Readers’ Jury: Petr Vaclav’s We Are Never Alone.
ARTE International Prize, for “one of the projects selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market”: Alvaro Brechner for Memories from the Cell.
Eurimages Co-Production Development Award: Pierre Földes for Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. Special mentions: Alvaro Brechner for Memories from the Cell and Moonika Siimets for The Little Comrade.
VFF Talent Highlight Pitch Award: Producer Max Serdiuk for Tank.
“Each year, the Robert Bosch Stiftung issues three Film Prizes for International Cooperation between young German filmmakers and their partners from the Arab World”:
- Feature: Thsweesh.
- Documentary: Miguel’s War.
- Animation: Four Acts for Syria.