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Berlinale Winners

22 February 2011 10:21 AM, PST | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

The general mood of journalists at the 61st Berlin Film Festival was disappointment: reports generally characterised the selection as dismal. The Independent’s Jonathan Romney explained that the festival tended to ‘test your tolerance for the worthy’, just like every other year. The term ‘worthy’ makes the films sound depressing and dull, but as Romney also observed, the Berlinale had ‘no lemons’: many films looked at real-life problems in a new way and so, for my part, I typically left the cinema feeling stimulated and uplifted rather than sad or irritated.

It seems that the festival juries, too, found plenty to praise: of the nearly 400 films in the festival, 45 won awards. The ceremony for the 61st Berlin Film Festival took place on Saturday, Feburary 19th, and while the full list of awards is too lengthy to summarise in detail, the following should provide you with a nice list of »

- Alison Frank

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Berlin International Film Festival 2011: Winners: Nader And Simin, A Separation

20 February 2011 3:03 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Nader and Simin, a Separation and the other winners of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival have been announced. The 61st Annual Berlin International Film Festival, often called the Berlinale, is “one of the world’s leading film festivals and most reputable media events.With 274,000 tickets sold and 487,000 admissions it is considered the largest publicly-attended film festival worldwide. Up to 400 films are shown in several sections, representing a comprehensive array of the cinematic world.” The full listing of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival winners is below.

Golden Bear for Best Film

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

Silver Bear – Best Actress

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

Silver Bear – Best »

- filmbook

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Berlin: Golden Bears for Everyone

20 February 2011 5:02 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The 61st Berlinale is nearly at an end with last night seeing the coveted Golden Bear being handed to only the worthiest. So who walked away with a gold bear? Who got a silver and who got… well nothing. A side note before we start, well done to Tomboy for winning the Teddy Jury Award, Night Fishing and Broken Night for best short films and an honourable mention for The Guard in the first feature category.  Here’s the winners;

International Jury

Best Film!

Nader And Simin, A Separation by

Jury Grand Prix-Silver Bear

The Turin Horse by Bela Tarr

Silver Bear for Best Director

Ulrich Kohler for Sleeping Sickness

Silver Bear for Best Actress

To the ‘actress-ensemble’ in Nader And Simin, A Separation

Silver Bear for Best Actor

To the ‘actor-ensemble’ in Nader And Simin, A Separation

Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Achievement in the Categorycamera

Wojclech Staron »

- Paul Koren

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Berlinale Closes Pt. 1: Jury Prizes, Teddys, and More

19 February 2011 1:36 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We haven't mentioned the Berlinale at all in the heat of Oscar week. So let's do that, shall we? Better late than never. The festival closes tomorrow but the awards were handed out over the past two days.

"Nader and Simin: A Separation" Golden Bear

Asghar Fahradi, who got a lot of Oscar buzz a couple years back (though no nomination) for About Elly, won this year's Golden Bear for Nader & Simin: A Separation (2011). The Hollywood Reporter explains the film like so.

Farhadi's drama traces the breakup of a Iranian family set against the political tensions in Tehran. While not overtly political, Nader and Simin is starkly critical of conditions in Iran, notably the country's huge class divide. It was widely tipped to win Berlin's top prize, not least because of the current upheaval in the Middle East.

Fahradi dedicated his prize to jailed filmmaker Jafar Panihi who was also »


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Berlinale 2011 | Teddy Awards Announce Best in Queer Film

18 February 2011 4:34 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 2011 Teddy Awards, a subprogram of the Berlinale that puts the spotlight on the fest's Lgbt/queer content, were announced tonight at a special "jubilee gala" at Tempelhof airport. Leading the pack were "Ausente" by Marco Berger, which won the best feature award, and best doc winner "The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye," the story of the pansexual couple (one, member of the bands Psychic TV and Throbbing Gristle; »

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Indian Feature film Patang to soar in Berlinale Forum

17 January 2011 9:36 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Berlinale 2011 poster

Patang (The Kite), a feature film written and directed by Prashant Bhargava, will be screened as part of the 41st Forum in Berlinale 2011. The film, a co-production between India and USA, is a drama set in the backdrop of India’s largest kite festival in Ahmedabad.

Forum will present a total of 39 films in the main programme and 6 films as special screenings, 24 of which are world premieres and 12 international premieres. It is considered to be the most experimental section of the Berlinale which presents original, provocative and disturbing cinema.

In addition, 8 films will be shown from the creative period of the Japanese director Shibuya Minoru. The 61st Berlinale will take place from February 10-20, 2011.

The complete Programme of Forum:

Main Programme

Amnesty by Bujar Alimani, Albania/Greece/France

Auf der Suche (Looking for Simon) by Jan Krüger, Germany/France

Ausente (Absent) by Marco Berger, Argentina

The Ballad of »

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Berlin International Film Festival 2011: complete lineup for the Forum program

17 January 2011 7:24 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Berlin International Film Festival (German: Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin), one of the world’s leading film festivals and most reputable media events has just announced their complete lineup for the Forum program this year, and it looks incredible once again.

With 274,000 tickets sold and 487,000 admissions, it is considered the largest publicly-attended film festival worldwide. Up to 400 films are shown in several sections, representing a comprehensive array of the cinematic world. Around twenty films compete for the awards called the Golden and Silver Bears. Basically it is the place to be if you work in the business. The European Film Market (Efm), a film trade fair held simultaneously to the Berlinale, is a major industry meeting for the international film circuit once a year. The trade fair serves distributors, film buyers, producers, financiers and co-production agents. The festival has established a cosmopolitan character integrating art, glamour, commerce and a global media attention. »

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