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It's Awards Time in Berlin

The Awards of the International Jury 2011



Golden Bear for Best Film






Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation)




by Asghar Farhadi








Asghar Farhadi







Silver Bear - The Jury Grand Prix






A torinói ló (The Turin Horse)




by Béla Tarr










Silver Bear - Best Director





Ulrich Köhler




for Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness)










Ulrich Köhler











Silver Bear - Best Actress









to the actress-ensemble in Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation)




by Asghar Farhadi











Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farhadi, Leila Hatami











Silver Bear - Best Actor









to the actor-ensemble in Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation)




by Asghar Farhadi











Peyman Moadi, Ali Asghar Shahbazi, Babak Karimi











Silver Bear - Outstanding Artistic Achievement









Wojciech Staron for the camera in El premio (The Prize)




by Paula Markovitch







ex aequo







Barbara Enriquez for the production design in El premio (The Prize)




by Paula Markovitch











Director Paula Markovitch, who accepted the Silver Bear on behalf of Barbara Enriquez, and cinematographer Wojciech Staron











Silver Bear - Best Script









Joshua Marston and Andamion Murataj for The Forgiveness Of Blood (The Forgiveness Of Blood)




by Joshua Marston











Joshua Marston, Andamion Murataj











Alfred Bauer Prize









Awarded in memory of the Festival founder, for a work of particular innovation.







Wer wenn nicht wir (If Not Us, Who)




by Andres Veiel











Andres Veiel





























The International Jury considers only films in the Competition section and awards the festival's main prizes:






  • the Golden Bear for the Best Film

    (awarded to the film's producer)

  • the Jury Grand Prix (Silver Bear)

  • the Award for Best Director (Silver Bear)

  • the Award for Best Actress (Silver Bear)

  • the Award for Best Actor (Silver Bear)

  • the Award for Best Script (Silver Bear)

  • the Award for an Outstanding Artistic Achievement in the categories camera, editing, score, costumes or set design (Silver Bear)

  • the Alfred Bauer Prize – in memory of the festival founder – for a feature film that broadens the horizons of the art of filmmaking















The Bears inspired the Berlinale logo and were designed by the Berlin sculptor Renée Sintenis (1888-1965). They have been produced by the Noack Foundry in Berlin since the beginnings of the Berlinale. The bear is also the official symbol of the city of Berlin.








The International Jury of the Berlinale 2011













Isabella Rossellini is one of the most renowned actresses in international cinema. In recent years she has also made her mark as a producer and director. The daughter of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian director Roberto Rossellini has played in more than 40 feature films and worked with such directors as Robert Zemeckis, Joel Schumacher, Peter Weir, Abel Ferrara, Peter Greenaway and David Lynch or John Schlesinger, with whom she filmed The Innocent in Berlin in 1992. She celebrated her international breakthrough in 1986 with Lynch’s cult film Blue Velvet. She was a guest at the Berlinale for the first time in 1994 as the leading actress in Fearless. In 2005 she presented the short film My Dad is 100 Years Old, a tribute to her father. She returned in 2007 as narrator to Guy Maddin’s Brand Upon The Brain! and in 2008 she presented her directorial debut Green Porno about the sex life of insects. In autumn 2010, filming was finished on Late Bloomers (Berlinale Special 2011), the romantic comedy directed by Julie Gavras in which Isabella Rossellini stars alongside William Hurt.


















Renown director, author and producer Jafar Panahi made a number of short films and documentaries before he filmed his directorial debut, Badkonake sefid (The White Balloon), which earned him the Camera d’or in Cannes in 1995. In 1997 he won the Golden Leopard in Locarno for Ayneh (The Mirror), and in 2000 the Golden Lion in Venice for Dayereh (The Circle). Offside won the Silver Bear (Grand Prix of the Jury) at the Berlinale in 2006. In his films Jafar Panahi critically examines the social circumstances in his country. Shortly after the Berlinale invited him to be on the International Jury in 2011, Panahi was sentenced to six years imprisonment and banned from filmmaking for the next 20 years. There has been worldwide protest against this verdict that violates the right to freedom of opinion and expression. The Berlinale is holding a place open in the Jury for Jafar Panahi and in doing so wants to signalize its support for his struggle for freedom.


















Producer Jan Chapman is an outstanding figure in the Australian film industry. Her first international success came with The Piano (1993), which went on to win three Oscars. Since then she has continued working successfully with director Jane Campion, most recently in 2009 on the historical romantic drama Bright Star. In 1989 she founded her own production company, Jan Chapman Films, and has subsequently produced numerous films with different directors that have been acclaimed by both critics and audiences (Love Serenade, Holy Smoke, Lantana, Somersault). In 2004 she received the “Officer of the Order of Australia” for her contributions to Australian cinema.

















Photo: Christian Schoppe / photoselection





The talented German film, television and theatre actress Nina Hoss celebrated her first major success in 1996 in the title role of Bernd Eichinger’s A Girl Called Rosemarie. In 2000 she was one of the Shooting Stars at the Berlinale. Her close collaboration with director Christian Petzold has been extremely successful: she won the 2001 Adolf Grimme Award for her role in his film Something To Remind Me and two years later the Adolf Grimme Award in Gold for Wolfsburg. Her performance of Yella earned her the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007. Her most recent screen roles include the modern vampire thriller We Are the Night (by Dennis Gansel) and the romantic movie Summer Window (by Hendrik Handloegten).

















Photo: Avinash Gowariker





Aamir Khan is a Bollywood superstar: He rose to overnight fame with the film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988). In 2001 he achieved international success in the drama Lagaan - Once Upon A Time In India which was nominated for an Academy Award. After his directorial debut in 2007 with Taare Zameen Par, Khan starred in the film 3 Idiots which broke all box-office records in his home country. Aamir Khan is also an acclaimed producer: the film satire Peepli Live (2010) was chosen as the Indian entry for an Academy Award nomination. Altogether, four of his last ten films entered the running for an Academy Award nomination.


















Filmmaker Guy Maddin, who grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, created a cult classic with his first feature film Tales from the Gimli Hospital of 1988. He has since notched up nine feature films and countless shorts, often integrating stylistic features that draw on the aesthetics of old silent movies and early sound productions. In 2007 he presented his silent movie Brand Upon the Brain! at the Berlinale. It was accompanied by a live orchestra, three Foley artists, a singer and Isabella Rossellini as narrator. In 2008 Guy Maddin opened the Berlinale Forum with My Winnipeg. For this tribute to his Canadian hometown he combined documentary footage with family photos and old film excerpts.

















Photo: Brigitte Lacombe





Trained in London, Sandy Powell designs costumes for film, theatre, dance and opera. She works on outstanding productions designing costumes for the most diverse historical epochs. To date she has been nominated for a total of nine Academy Awards - most recently for the costume design in The Tempest. She won the first of three Oscars for her work on the film Shakespeare In Love (1999). Her costumes for Martin Scorsese’s biopic The Aviator brought her a second Academy Award in 2005. Most recently she was honoured for her work on the film The Young Victoria (2010). In addition she has been nominated nine times for the BAFTA, and took home the award twice, for Velvet Goldmine in 1999 and The Young Victoria in 2010.





Crystal Bears and Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Awards in Generation Kplus




Berlinale 2011: Crystal Bears and Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Awards in Generation Kplus

Crystal Bear for the Best Feature Film: Keeper'n til Liverpool by Arild Andresen, Norway 2010

Special Mention: Mabul y Guy Nattiv, Israel/Canada/Germany/France 2010


Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film: Lily by Kasimir Burgess, Australia 2010


Special Mention: Minnie Loves Junior by Andy Mullins and Matthew Mullins, Australia 2010


Grand Prix of the Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk for the Best Feature Film, endowed with 7,500 Euro: Jutro będzie lepiej by Dorota Kędzierzawska, Poland/Japan 2010


Special Mention: Keeper'n til Liverpool by Arild Andresen, Norway 2010


Special Prize of the Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk for the Best Short Film, endowed with 2,500 Euro: Land of the Heroes by Sahim Omar Kalifa, Belgium 2010

Special Mention: Dimanche by Patrick Doyon, Canada 2011

The Education by Dirk Lütter wins FGYO Prize "Dialogue en perspective"


Perspektive Deutsches Kino: Die Ausbildung (The Education) by Dirk Lütter wins FGYO Prize "Dialogue en perspective"

Today, during the award ceremony of the Independent Juries of the 61st Berlinale, the young French-German-Bosnian jury awarded the "Dialogue en perspective" prize. It goes this year to Dirk Lütter's film Die Ausbildung (The Education). The award was initiated in 2004 by the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO), an official partner of the Berlinale, in association with Perspektive Deutsches Kino.

Panorama Audience Awards PPP go to También la lluvia (Even The Rain) and Im Himmel, Unter der Erde. Der Jüdische Friedhof Weißensee (In Heaven Underground - The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery)

Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film to Above us only sky....
Jan Schomburg's ÜBER UNS DAS ALL/ABOVE US ONLY SKY from Germany has been awarded the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Panorama section of the Berlinale, it was announced today by a jury of four exhibitors - the seventh year the Label has been awarded in the section.

ÜBER UNS DAS ALL/ABOVE US ONLY SKY will now receive the support of the Europa Cinemas exhibitors who commit themselves to extend the length of its run on screen and additional promotion across the Network.The Europa Cinemas Label awarded in Berlin complements the Labels awarded at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, Giornate degli Autori in Venice and Karlovy Vary.

Berlinale 2011: Crystal Bears in the Generation14plus

Crystal Bear for the Best Feature Film: On the Ice by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, USA 2011


Special Mention Feature Film: Apflickorna by Lisa Aschan, Sweden 2011


Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film: Manurewa by Sam Peacocke, New Zealand 2010


Special Mention Short Film: Get Real! by Evert de Beijer, Netherlands 2010




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