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A Low-Key Berlinale Yields Some Foreign Oscar Contenders to Watch

19 February 2017 3:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Situated as it is in the dank tail-end of a cold German winter, the Berlinale never attracts as much attention from awards-watchers as its fellow European majors Cannes and Venice: The former, after all, takes place in sunny spring climes, when everyone has recovered sufficiently from the last awards season to contemplate the next one, while the latter glamorously kicks off the gilded fall festivals, handing the baton to Telluride and Toronto. Berlin’s programming, meanwhile, is arguably the most proudly esoteric of the three, with an emphasis on newer filmmakers and underexposed filmmaking regions and demographics.

None of that, needless to say, is exactly music to Oscar pundits’ ears, but for the keen-eyed observer, Berlin annually turns up a few contenders that stay the course all the way to the following February. It’s rare for a Berlinale premiere to make quite as big a splash as Wes Anderson »

- Guy Lodge

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Berlinale 2017 Winners Include ‘On Body and Soul,’ Kim Min-hee, ‘The Other Side of Hope,’ and More

18 February 2017 6:23 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

A certain mutant send-off may have gotten the most global attention out of the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, but if one retracts their claws, some of the finest in major international cinema comes into focus. Ahead of our picks of the best of the festival, the jury has delivered their awards.

Led by Paul Verhoeven, the jury made up of Dora Bouchoucha Fourati, Olafur Eliasson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Jentsch, Diego Luna, and Wang Quan’an gave the Hungarian drama On Body and Soul the top prize of Golden Bear, while Aki Kaurismäki picked up Best Director for The Other Side of Hope and Kim Min-hee earned Best Actress for her latest Hong Sang-soo collaboration On The Beach At Night Alone.

Check out the winners below (with a hat tip to Deadline) along with links to reviews where available. One can also see our full coverage here.

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- Jordan Raup

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Berlinale 2017: Golden Bear for Best Film Goes to ‘On Body and Soul’ — Full Winners List

18 February 2017 11:46 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 67th Berlin International Film Festival has come to a close, and winners have been selected for top prizes. The international jury this year included president Paul Verhoeven, Dora Bouchoucha Fourati, Olafur Eliasson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Jentsch, Diego Luna, and Wang Quan’an.

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Berlinale Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

Check out the full list below:

*Golden Bear for Best Film:

“Testről és lélekről” (“On Body and Soul”)

by Ildikó Enyedi

Producers: Monika Mécs, András Muhi, Ernő Mesterházy

*Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize

Félicité

by Alain Gomis

*Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize

Pokot” (“Spoor”)

by Agnieszka Holland

*Silver Bear for Best Director

Aki Kaurismäki

for “Toivon tuolla puolen” (“The Other Side of Hope”)

*Silver Bear for Best Actress

Kim Minhee

in “Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja” (“On the Beach at Night Alone”)

by Hong Sang-soo

*Silver Bear for Best Actor

Georg Friedrich

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- William Earl

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On Body And Soul Takes Golden Bear by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-02-18 19:39:47

18 February 2017 11:39 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

On Body And Soul took home the Golden Bear Photo: Courtesy Of the Berlin Film Festival

Hungarian drama On Body And Soul (Testrol es lelkrol), directed by Ildiko Enyedi's, won the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin Film Festival tonight.

The offbeat love story, set in a slaughterhouse, had earlier taken a Fipresci critics prize and two other accolades from the independent juries.

The Silver Bear grand jury prize went to Alain Gomis's Kinshasa-set drama Félicité and the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer prize for a feature film that opens new perspectives went to Agnieszka Holland's Spoor.

Aki Kaurismaki was named best director for The Other Side of Hope, which tells the blackly comic tale of an illegal emigre in Finland.

The best actress Silver Bear went to Kim Min-hee, star for her performance in Hang Sangsoo's On the Beach at Night Alone, while Georg Friedrich »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Berlinale 2017. Awards

18 February 2017 11:04 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

On Body and SoulThe Notebook's Giovanni Marchini Camia has been covering the Berlin International Film Festival since its opening day, with additional help from Neil Bahadur and Christopher Small and more coverage to come. The 2017 awards have just been announced from a jury consisting of Paul Verhoeven (Jury President), Dora Bouchoucha Fourati, Olafur Eliasson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Jentsch, Diego Luna and Wang Quan'an.Golden BEAROn Body and Soul (Ildikó Enyedi)Silver Bear Grand Jury PRIZEFélicité (Alain Gomes)Alfred Bauer PRIZESpoor (Agnieszka Holland)Best DIRECTORAki Kaurismäki (The Other Side of Hope)reviewBEST ACTRESSKim Min-hee (On the Beach at Night Alone)review | director interviewBEST ACTORGeorg Friedrich (Bright Nights)Best SCRIPTSebastián Lelio and Gonzalo Maza (A Fantastic Woman)Outstanding Artistic CONTRIBUTIONEditor Dana Bunescu, Ana, mon amour (Cãlin Peter Netzer) »

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Berlin Film Festival: ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Golden Bear for Best Film

18 February 2017 10:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ildikó Enyedi’s Hungarian drama “On Body and Soul” won the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday.

Set in a Budapest slaughterhouse, the tender love story follows the burgeoning romance between a shy young women and her similarly quiet older boss as the two discover that they have the same dreams at night.

The international jury, headed by Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, handed out prizes far and wide, awarding a broad range of international works.

Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis’ Kinshasa-based drama “Félicité,” about a strongly independent and passionate singer in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa who is forced to raise money for her son’s operation, won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize.

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Berlin Film Review: ‘On Body and Soul’

The Silver Bear Alfred Bauer prize for a feature film that opens new perspectives went to Agnieszka Holland’s murder mystery “Spoor.”

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- Ed Meza

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Berlin Film Festival 2017: winners revealed

18 February 2017 9:29 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Update With Key Speeches: Hungarian title On Body And Soul takes best film; Aki Kaurismaki, Sebastian Lelio among winners; Insyriated and I Am Not Your Negro scoop Panorama audience awards; 2018 festival dates revealed.

The awards ceremony for the 67th Berlin Film Festival took place this evening (18 Feb) with winners including Ildiko Enyedi, Alain Gomis, Agnieszka Holland and Sebastian Lelio.

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Ildikò Enyedi’s Hungarian feature On Body and Soul - the unusual love story of two damaged souls trying to make contact in a harsh world - was the big winner on the night taking home the Golden Bear for best film in the Competition as well as the Ecumenical and Fipresci juries’ prizes for best film in the Official Competition and the Berliner Morgenpost Readers’ Award.

Enyedi’s film - which is handled internationally by Berlin-based sales agent Films Boutique and had been hotly tipped for the Golden Bear  - is »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney) andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Berlinale: Variety Hosts 10 Europeans to Watch Luncheon with Tiffany, Medienboard (Photos)

18 February 2017 2:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety’s 10 Europeans to Watch were feted at a luncheon last week at Soho House in Berlin, in association with Tiffany & Co., and later the same day at a reception hosted by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

The honorees were welcomed at the luncheon by Tiffany’s communications manager Central Europe, Melanie Kelm, Medienboard chief Kirsten Niehuus and Variety’s vice president, executive editor, Steven Gaydos.

The honorees attending the luncheon were “Deutschland 83” actor Jonas Nay, “Babylon Berlin” actress Liv Lisa Fries, actor Jakub Gierszal, who appears in Agnieszka Holland’s Berlin competition entry “Spoor,” director Gabriele Mainetti (“They Call Me Jeeg”), director Robin Pront (“The Ardennes”), and actress Reka Tenki, who appears in Berlinale competition title “On Body and Soul.”

Csaba Papp, Reka Tenki, Bart van Langendonck (Photo: Ulf Büschleb)

Gabriele Mainetti, Andrea Occhipinti (Photo: Courtesy of Ulf Büschleb)

Jakub Gierszal (Photo: Courtesy of Ulf Büschleb)

Kirsten Niehuus, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Agnieszka Holland: Pokot reflects divided nature of Polish society

16 February 2017 1:57 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Renowned director says she did not intend to create a political film, but that the plot mirrors her country’s male authoritarianism

The three-times Oscar-nominated film director Agnieszka Holland has said her first foray into murder mystery had accidentally turned into an allegory of the divided society her native Poland has become under its populist nationalist government.

Holland said she and the author Olga Tokarczuk – whose novel Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead inspired Holland’s latest film, Pokot (Spoor) – had not set out to create a political film, but that they had inadvertently ended up telling a story about a male authoritarian agenda that attacked women’s rights and environmental protection, thereby reflecting the wider reality.

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- Kate Connolly in Berlin

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Berlinale: Polish Party at the Academie Lounge (Photo Gallery)

14 February 2017 4:09 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Agnieszka Holland, the director of Berlinale competition film “Spoor,” attended the Polish Party at the Academie Lounge in Berlin on Friday, accompanied by the film’s stars Agnieszka Mandat (right) and Jakub Gierszal.

They were joined by Borys Szyc, another actor from “Spoor,” and Olga Tokarczuk, who penned the film’s script, adapting from her novel, “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead.”

Other guests at the event, hosted by Magdalena Sroka, director of the Polish Film Institute, included Krzysztof Zanussi, film director, producer, and head of Tor Studio, actress Zofia Wichlacz (“Afterimage”), who was selected as a Shooting Star this year, and Sebastian Lach, an actor from “Erlprince,” which plays in the Berlinale’s Generation section.

Magdalena Sroka, Agnieszka Holland (Photo: Courtesy of Polish Film Institute)

Zofia Wichlacz (Photo: Courtesy of Polish Film Institute)

Marion Doering (Photo: Courtesy of Polish Film Institute)

Krzysztof Zanussi (Photo: Courtesy of Polish Film Institute)

Jakub Gierszal, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin Review: Agnieszka Holland’s ‘Spoor’ is Well-Meaning, Bland Eco-Infotainment

13 February 2017 2:13 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The worst choices for festival competition aren’t necessarily the worst films. Those which aim too high, go too far, try too hard often end up making a complete fool of themselves. But even spectacular failures could make for challenging, rewarding experiences, and more readily justify their presence at a platform meant to celebrate groundbreakers than movies that are just, thoroughly if inoffensively, unremarkable. Spoor, which marks Polish wrier-director Agnieszka Holland’s return to feature filmmaking after her Oscar-nominated Holocaust drama In Darkness, is sadly such an uninspired dud. Nothing about it screams gross ineptitude, but the universal below-averageness proves grating.

Set in a remote village surrounded by flora and fauna where at any minute wild hogs can stroll into your garden unannounced, the film stars Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka as retired part-time English teacher Janina. Although she obviously stays in a lot, Janina seems quite beloved by her young students, fellow townsmen, »

- Zhuo-Ning Su

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Berlin: Agnieszka Holland Talks True Crime Film 'Spoor' and Trying TV's Golden Age (Q&A)

13 February 2017 7:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Three-time Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland describes her Berlinale competition entry Spoor as a “cross-genre thriller.” It’s a first venture into true crime storytelling — on the big screen anyway — for a director better known for dividing her time between challenging human dramas and more commercial projects.

Examples of the former include her international breakout, 1990’s Europa, Europa, in which a young Jewish man from Poland conceals his identity and joins the Hitler Youth to survive the war. Her more commercial outings include the feature adaptation of British writer Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden in 1996 and »

- Nick Holdsworth

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Spoor | 2017 Berlin International Film Festival Review

13 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Animal Love: Holland Blunders with Hysterical Murder Mystery

What reveals itself to be an interesting inversion on parable of the boy who cried wolf, Polish auteur Agnieszka Holland delivers an otherwise leaden genre thriller with Spoor, a long gestating adaptation of the Olga Tokarczuk novel (on hand for the adaptation) Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Berlin: 'A Fantastic Woman' sets early pace on Screen's Jury Grid

13 February 2017 3:53 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Seven titles have registered scores, with Sebastián Lelio’s transgender drama leading the way so far.

Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica) - about a transgender woman who deals with persecution following the death of her lover - is the early frontrunner on Screen’s 2017 Berlinale Jury Grid, comprised of scores from Screen’s jury of international critics.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired North America, Australia and New Zealand rights to the title in one of the festival’s splashier deals to date.

The jury awarded it a healthy 3.2 out of a possible 4, though two scores are yet to be registered.

Sitting in second position is Agnieszka Holland’s small-town mystery-thriller Spoor, after scoring 2.8 on the grid.

Titles playing in competition tomorrow include Thomas Arslan’s Bright Nights, Sally Potter’s The Party, and Sabu’s Mr Long. »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Berlinale 2017: Outstanding Anti-Hunting Polish Dark Comedy 'Spoor'

12 February 2017 8:03 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Vegetarian vengeance! I don't even know how to begin to describe how much I loved this film. Spoor, also known as Pokot originally, is a film from Poland about an elderly former teacher who lives in a small town. She loves her two adorable dogs, but one day they go missing, and thus begins this thrilling story of animal lover vengeance. The cinematography in this film is Stunning, some of the best since The Revenant, and I really mean that. Along with an incredibly unique score from Antoni Lazarkiewicz, and exceptional lead performance by Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka, this won't be a film you forget. And that isn't even the half of it - there's so much I loved, and even if I can't describe it all perfectly, I hope my enthusiasm is apparent. Written and directed by veteran Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (who has an immense amount of skill as a »

- Alex Billington

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‘Spoor’ Review: A Genre-Bending Revenge Thriller From Agnieszka Holland — Berlinale 2017

12 February 2017 2:39 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Eagle-eyed viewers better versed in the Polish language will have to scour the end credits of Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor” to find out if any animals were actually harmed in the making of this feisty, genre-bending film. Though far from perfect, this one part revenge thriller, one part eco-reverie, tied together with sumptuous visual brio, is the “John Wick”/ “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring” mash-up you never knew you always wanted.

See MoreThe 2017 IndieWire Berlinale Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

A note about the filmmaker first: Holland has one of the more interesting careers in international cinema, directing period dramas in French, Czech and Polish for the Euro-art-house circuit, while at the same time working steadily as a hired gun on prestige American series. Having spent the past several years working with NBC, HBO and Netflix, Holland clearly relishes her return to the feature filmmaking, »

- Ben Croll

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Berlinale: Variety’s 10 Europeans to Watch at Medienboard Reception (Photo Gallery)

12 February 2017 1:35 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety’s 10 Europeans to Watch were feted at a luncheon Saturday at Soho House in Berlin, in association with Tiffany & Co., and later that day at a reception hosted by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

At the reception the funding organization’s chief Kirsten Niehuus and Variety’s vice president, executive editor Steven Gaydos introduced the honorees on stage.

These included “Deutschland 83” director Edward Berger, “Deutschland 83” actor Jonas Nay, “Babylon Berlin” actress Liv Lisa Fries, actor Jakub Girszal, who appears in Agnieszka Holland’s Berlin competition entry “Spoor,” director Gabriele Mainetti (“They Call Me Jeeg”), director Robin Pront (“The Ardennes”), and actress Reka Tenki, who appears in Berlinale competition title “On Body and Soul.”

Tiffany’s Melanie Kelm, actor Jonas Nay and actress Liv Lisa Fries at Soho House (Photo: Courtesy of Medienboard)

Kirsten Niehuus with the team behind Berlin competition film “Spoor,” led by director Agnieszka Holland »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlinale 2017: First Looks Released for Bel Powley–Starring Drama and Lucky McKee’s Latest

12 February 2017 11:50 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

From the Berlin Film Festival comes the news that two young actors who made big splashes a few years back are set to star in new films: Bel Powley (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”) will headline Marius A. Markevicius’ “Ashes in the Snow,” while Ellar Coltrane of “Boyhood” is co-starring alongside John Cusack in Lucky McKee’s thriller “Misfortune.” Avail yourself of a photo from the latter below.

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Berlinale Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

Here’s the synopsis for “Ashes in the Snow”: “Based on the internationally best-selling novel ‘Between Shades of Gray’ by Ruta Sepetys, ‘Ashes in the Snow’ introduces us to Lina, a sixteen-year-old budding artist in 1941 Lithuania, who along with her mother and young brother are deported by the Soviets to a Siberian work camp. Faced with years of hard labor in an unforgiving climate, Lina »

- Michael Nordine

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Pokot (Spoor) review – Miss Marple meets Angela Carter in the trackless Polish forest

12 February 2017 7:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Agnieszka Holland’s new film is a mix of forensic crime story and magical realist fairy tale that, adapted from Olga Tokarczuk’s novel, doesn’t always hang together

Agnieszka Holland, renowned Polish director of works including Europa, Europa, is back with a new film taking us on an eco-fabulist murder mystery tour deep into the central European forest, starring a beautiful ageing woman with a long grey hair and a passing resemblance to Angela Carter.

She is the eccentric Janina Duszejko (Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka) a part-time teacher and full-time mystic living alone in a village on the Polish-Czech border, loved by her young pupils but hated by the boorish menfolk thereabouts for her passionate hatred of their hunting and animal slaughter; she will disrupt shooting parties, screaming and crying, and often makes angry complaints to the lazy uncaring police when animals are killed out of season.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Spoor’

12 February 2017 7:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The central character of Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor” is a lonely, moon-faced schoolteacher who lives in mountain village near the border of Poland and the Czech Republic and insists on being called by her last name: Duszejko. Each morning, she rises in the country and greets the sun with her two dogs, then whiles away the day. It’s a quiet life, in the kind of setting where not much happens. Or, at least, that’s how it seems until Duszejko learns that her canine companions have gone missing, at which point the film starts to introduce its assaultively colorful cast of characters.

There’s the grizzled poacher next door who keeps his own dog locked in a shed. There’s the swank girl who works in a local boutique and moonlights at a sex club. There’s the baby-faced epileptic computer wizard. There’s the sadistic priest who tells »

- Owen Gleiberman

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