David O’Reilly’s “Please Say Something” has been announced as the winner of the Golden Bear for best short film at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. The International Short Film Jury – consisting of Khavn de la Cruz (Philippines), Arta Dobroshi (Kosovo) and Lars Henrik Gass (Germany) noted that the Irish film “gave us lots of emotion, sensitivity and much to think about. A very humane story. With characters who made us laugh and feel sad at the same time.” The film, set in the far-off future, is the story of a difficult relationship between a very emotional cat and her husband, a mouse.
Other honors went to Daniel Elliott’s “Jade,” winner of the Silver Bear, which the jury called “a subtle story which captured us from its innocent beginning till its open end,” Susana Barriga’s “The Illusion,” which won the DAAD Short Film Prize, and Lola Randl’s “Die Leiden des Herrn Karpf. Der Geburstag,” which won the Berlinale Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards 2009 prize. Two special mentions went to Leila Albayaty’s “VU” and Christoph Girardet and Matthias Muller’s “contre-jour.”
The full-length winners of the 59th Berlinale will be announced this Saturday.