Golden Bear Winner
– “Taxi” by Jafar Panahi. This is funny, subtly political and a pleasure to watch.
Panahi’s niece steals the show but other passengers in Panahi’s taxi are also engaging and mysterious as they reveal ever so little, which is still a lot,
of their lives during their ride. The job of driving a taxi, a job he took to stay attached within society even though he is not allowed to make movies,
gives Panahi a perfect setting for being filmed and for meeting people who represent Iran today. How fitting it was that on my ride home from the airport
after Berlin, my Iranian cabdriver knew all the films of Panahi. We had a talk worthy of “Taxi.” ISA: Celluloid Dreams. Kino Lorber has U.S. Rights, Memento who distributed the Iranian Golden Bear and Academy Award winner “A Separation”
for France has picked up French rights; Filmladen picked up Austria, Imovision has Brazil, Film Europe Med has Czech Republic; Golden Scene has Hong Kong.
Jury Grand Prix
(Silver Bear) – “The Club” by Pablo Larraín. ISA: Funny Balloons. U.S. still available!! Network Releasing picked up U.K. and Wild Bunch picked up France before its screening in
Berlin. It has sold to Imovision for Brazil, Angel for Denmark and Alambique for Portugal.
Alfred Bauer Prize
(Silver Bear) – “ Ixcanul Volcano” by Jayro
Bustamante, perhaps Guatamala’s only Silver Bear winning film, this critically acclaimed coproduction with France’s Tu Va Voir showed only once before as a
Work in Progress; no advance screeners were sent out by its ISA Film Factory who is now negotiating U.S. It was acquired by ARP days
before Berlin. After its screening it was acquired by Andrea Occhipinti’s Lucky Red for Italy and Japan’s Gaga Communications. Cineart bought Benelux:
Vision Sudest has rights to Switzerland, Vendetta acquired Australia/ New Zealand, Spentzos acquired Greece, Mediavision Turkey, Dexin former-Yugoslavia
and Moving Turtle the Middle East.
for “Body” A female directed story of healing in Poland
today told as intertwined stories of a criminal prosecutor, his anorexic daughter and her therapist who claims she can communicate with the dead loved
ones. ISA: Memento. All rights still available!
Silver Bear for Best Actress
– Charlotte Rampling for “45 Years”. ISA: The Match Factory. U.S. Sundance Selects, Canada–Skeye, Germany–The Match Factory, Benelux –Abc – Cinemien, U.K. –Curzon Film Wor and Artificial Eye.
Silver Bear for Best Script – Patricio Guzmán for “The Pearl Button”ISA: Pyramide sold to trigon for Switzerland. U.S. still available! Continuing Patricio Guzmán’s theme of remembrance, this documentary ties
together Chile’s natives population’s disappearance with the disappearance of family, friends and strangers during the Pinochet dictatorship in a
surprising metaphor of water and The Button.
Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for Cinematography
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen for “ Victoria”. All
shot in one take! ISA: The Match Factory. U.S.: Adopt Films, Germany – Senator.
Sergey Mikhalchuk and Evgeniy Privin for “
Under Electric Clouds”
ISA: Films Boutique. U.S. available!
Panorama Audience Award
1st Place: “
The Second Mother
by Anna Muylaert ISA: The Match Factory. U.S. Oscilloscope . Soda picked up U.K. and Canada. It had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where stars Regina Case and Camila
Mardila won the Special Jury Award for Acting. Read our review HERE
2nd Place: “Stories of Our Lives” by Jim Chuchu. A collection of five vignettes about Kenya’s LGBT community.
Bannes in Kenya. All rights available!
- 3rd Place: “Tough Love” by Rosa von Praunheim. ISA: M-appeal. U.S. available. France: Arte, Germany: Missing films.
For other titles from the Berlinale still available, see Indiewire’s