Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Steve Carell Redefined His Career By Surprising Everyone in 'Foxcatcher' Steve Carell Redefined His Career By Surprising Everyone in 'Foxcatcher' Watch: Ellar Coltrane on the 'Brutal' Experience of Watching 'Boyhood' After Living It Watch: Ellar Coltrane on the 'Brutal' Experience of Watching 'Boyhood' After Living It Mortem Tyldum Explains Why Alan Turing Was the Right Subject For His First English-Language Film Mortem Tyldum Explains Why Alan Turing Was the Right Subject For His First English-Language Film Why Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is a Great, Unexpected Awards Season Frontrunner Why Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is a Great, Unexpected Awards Season Frontrunner Watch: Patricia Arquette on Stripping Away Ego to Get to the Heart of 'Boyhood' 
Watch: Patricia Arquette on Stripping Away Ego to Get to the Heart of 'Boyhood' 'Whiplash' Breakout Miles Teller Has Officially Arrived 'Whiplash' Breakout Miles Teller Has Officially Arrived Michael Keaton Dug Deep to Deliver the Best Performance of His Career in 'Birdman' Michael Keaton Dug Deep to Deliver the Best Performance of His Career in 'Birdman' Mark Ruffalo Explains Why Dave Schultz Was One of the Most Complex Characters He's Ever Played Mark Ruffalo Explains Why Dave Schultz Was One of the Most Complex Characters He's Ever Played Keira Knightley on 'The Imitation Game' and Why Awards Matter Keira Knightley on 'The Imitation Game' and Why Awards Matter Katherine Waterston On the Good and Bad of Working With Paul Thomas Anderson Katherine Waterston On the Good and Bad of Working With Paul Thomas Anderson Emma Stone Proved She Can Do It All in 2014 Emma Stone Proved She Can Do It All in 2014 Jon Stewart is Off to a Strong Start with Directorial Debut 'Rosewater' Jon Stewart is Off to a Strong Start with Directorial Debut 'Rosewater' Awards Spotlight: Don't Be Surprised When J.K. Simmons Takes Home Oscar Awards Spotlight: Don't Be Surprised When J.K. Simmons Takes Home Oscar Jessica Chastain Proved She's a Total Chameleon in 2014 Jessica Chastain Proved She's a Total Chameleon in 2014 Laura Poitras on 'CITIZENFOUR,' The Most Dangerous Work She's Ever Done Laura Poitras on 'CITIZENFOUR,' The Most Dangerous Work She's Ever Done Jake Gyllenhaal On Doing Very Bad Things in 'Nightcrawler' Jake Gyllenhaal On Doing Very Bad Things in 'Nightcrawler' Channing Tatum Explains Why It Took Him Eight Years to Have the ‘Balls’ for ‘Foxcatcher’ Channing Tatum Explains Why It Took Him Eight Years to Have the ‘Balls’ for ‘Foxcatcher’ Ethan Hawke Didn't Know That Richard Linklater Would Bring 'Boyhood' Home So Well Ethan Hawke Didn't Know That Richard Linklater Would Bring 'Boyhood' Home So Well Jack O'Connell Explains What It’s Like to Work For Angelina Jolie Jack O'Connell Explains What It’s Like to Work For Angelina Jolie 'Red Army' Director Gabe Polsky Reveals the Story of Soviet Hockey 'Red Army' Director Gabe Polsky Reveals the Story of Soviet Hockey How Felicity Jones is Getting Noticed This Awards Season How Felicity Jones is Getting Noticed This Awards Season Edward Norton Goes Full-Blown For Alejandro González Iñárritu in 'Birdman' Edward Norton Goes Full-Blown For Alejandro González Iñárritu in 'Birdman' How Eddie Redmayne Transformed His Body and Mind to Become Stephen Hawking How Eddie Redmayne Transformed His Body and Mind to Become Stephen Hawking Oscar Isaac Explains How 'A Most Violent Year' Fits With His Other Roles Oscar Isaac Explains How 'A Most Violent Year' Fits With His Other Roles Timothy Spall Almost Went Mad to Play 'Mr. Turner' For Mike Leigh Timothy Spall Almost Went Mad to Play 'Mr. Turner' For Mike Leigh 'Gone Girl' Composer Atticus Ross: How to Write a Score Without Seeing the Film 'Gone Girl' Composer Atticus Ross: How to Write a Score Without Seeing the Film How to Play James Brown, By Chadwick Boseman: Study the Man, Listen to Drake How to Play James Brown, By Chadwick Boseman: Study the Man, Listen to Drake Chris Rock on Why Making 'Top Five' Was a No-Brainer Chris Rock on Why Making 'Top Five' Was a No-Brainer Steve James and Chaz Ebert Tackled 'Life Itself' Steve James and Chaz Ebert Tackled 'Life Itself' Bennett Miller Explains Why He Had to Make 'Foxcatcher' Bennett Miller Explains Why He Had to Make 'Foxcatcher' How Do You Roll Six Movies Into One? 'Wild Tales' Director Damian Szifron Explains How Do You Roll Six Movies Into One? 'Wild Tales' Director Damian Szifron Explains How Rosario Dawson Stole the Show From Chris Rock in 'Top Five' How Rosario Dawson Stole the Show From Chris Rock in 'Top Five' Alan Hicks: From Drummer-Surfer to Oscar-Shortlist Filmmaker Alan Hicks: From Drummer-Surfer to Oscar-Shortlist Filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu: 'Birdman' Could Have Been 'so wrong' Alejandro González Iñárritu: 'Birdman' Could Have Been 'so wrong' Amir Bar-Lev Likes to Make People a Little Uncomfortable Amir Bar-Lev Likes to Make People a Little Uncomfortable

Critics Rank the Best Films and Performances From the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

Photo of Steve Greene By Steve Greene | Indiewire February 19, 2013 at 2:19PM

Paulina García and "Gloria" fared well in our poll of the best of Berlinale, but there was plenty of praise to spread around to new competition films and those that debuted elsewhere.
1
"Gloria."
"Gloria."

Of all the faces, new and returning, to grace the Berlinale screens this year, the one that members of Indiewire's Criticwire network will remember the most is Gloria's.

In addition to taking the top slot in our Best Narrative Feature category, "Gloria" star Paulina García, who plays the title character, and director Sebastián Lelio were both singled out for acclaim among the responses for the best films, performances and achievements of the 63rd edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. Although the film missed out on the coveted Golden Bear prize, "Gloria" now sits at an A- Criticwire average, one of the best-reviewed films in this year's competition.

READ MORE: Lessons From the 2013 Berlin Interational Film Festival

Of the films that played in Berlin after debuting elsewhere, the two pillars of Sundance 2013 praise, "Upstream Color" and "Before Midnight," once again found favor on end-of-festival ballots, both placing high in the Best Narrative Feature and Best Director categories.

But while Amy Seimetz, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke -- the trio of lead actors from those two films -- managed to take top honors in our Sundance poll, they appeared on few critics' ballots from Berlin, leaving García and several others to take their place. Also drawing accolades for her performance was Juliette Binoche, whose turn in "Camille Claudel 1915" was included on the highest number of ballots. Luminita Gheorgiu, star of the Golden Bear winner "Child's Pose," rounded out the top three.

Feedback in the documentary category was somewhat limited, but Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" continues to mesmerize audiences as it did in Toronto and Telluride late last year. Critics' reactions to it can be found here.

Perhaps the biggest surprise from all of these ballots is the widespread appeal of "The Strange Little Cat," a debut feature from Ramon Zürcher that has been drawing praise for its finely calibrated look at a day in family life. As Andrew Grant described on his ballot, "This simple student project film was the most 'alive' piece of cinema I've seen in years." Add in the fact that the dog from Jafar Panahi's "Closed Curtain" managed to pop up on three different critics' Best Supporting Performance list, and you have quite an interesting Berlinale 2013 to look back on.

Here is an assortment of the top results from this year's poll:

Note: Ranking was determined by a simple reverse-points scale (5 points for a 1st place mention, 4 for a 2nd-place mention, etc.)

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
1. Gloria
2. Upstream Color
3. Before Midnight
4. Camille Claudel 1915
5. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
6. The Strange Little Cat
7. Closed Curtain
T8. Frances Ha
T8. Paradise: Hope

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
1. The Act of Killing

BEST DIRECTOR
1. Shane Carruth, Upstream Color
2. Bruno Dumont, Camille Claudel 1915
3. Dennis Côté, VIc + Flo Saw a Bear
4. Richard Linklater, Before Midnight
5. Jafar Panahi, Closed Curtain
6. Ramon Zürcher, The Strange Little Cat
7. Sebastián Lelio, Gloria
8. Ulrich Seidl, Paradise: Hope

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE
1. Paulina García, Gloria
2. Juliette Binoche, Camille Claudel 1915
3. Luminita Gheorgiu, Child's Pose

To see the full list of responses, we have reprinted each critic's individual ballot on the next page.

This article is related to: Berlin International Film Festival, Gloria, Upstream Color, Before Midnight, Camille Claudel 1915, Vic and Flo Saw a Bear, The Strange Little Cat, Closed Curtain, Frances Ha, Paradise: Hope






Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome



Awards Season Spotlight

Contender Conversations

Indiewire celebrates the best and brightest from Independent film, Hollywood, and foreign cinema.

More