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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.
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Amy Seimetz in 'Upstream Color'
Amy Seimetz in 'Upstream Color'

Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

The Act of Killing is one of the most remarkable films, documentary or otherwise, I've ever seen in my life. That is all.

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. Upstream Color

2. Gloria

3. Top of the Lake

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. The Act of Killing

2. Interior. Leather Bar.

3. The Spirit of '45

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Joshua Oppenheimer, The Act of Killing

2. Shane Carruth, Upstream Color

3. Sebastian Lelio. Gloria

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Paulina Garcia. Gloria

2. Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake

3. Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

4. Juliette Binoche, Camille Claudel 1915

5. Zhang Ziyi, The Grandmaster

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Robyn Malcolm, Top of the Lake

2. Verena Lehbauer, Paradise: Hope

BEST ENSEMBLE

1. Top of the Lake

BIGGEST SURPRISE

1.The Act of Killing - Everything about it was a surprise. I will nominate it in every category I can.

2. Interior. Leather Bar. - Was surprised by how much this didn't suck.

3. The Best Offer - Surprised by just how much this did.

Peter Knegt, Indiewire

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. Camille Claudel 1915

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. Bambi

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Bruno Dumont - Camille Claudel

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Juliette Binoche - Camille Claudel

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Isabelle Huppert - The Nun

BEST ENSEMBLE

1. Vic and Flo Saw a Bear

BEST FIRST FEATURE

1. The Rocket

Eric Kohn, Indiewire

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. Gloria

2. Camille Claudel 1915

3. Closed Curtain

4. It's All So Quiet

5. Vic and Flo Saw a Bear

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. The Act of Killing

2. Leviathan

3. The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Jafar Panahi, Closed Curtain

2. Bruno Dumont, Camille Claudel 1915

3. Denis Côté, Vic and Flo Saw a Bear

4. Nanouk Leopold, It's All So Quiet

5. David M. Rosenthal, A Single Shot

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Paulina Garcia, Gloria

2. Pierrette Robitaille, Vic and Flo Saw a Bear

3. Juliette Binoche, Camille Claudel 1915

4. Jafar Panahi, Closed Curtain

5. Sam Rockwell, A Single Shot

Kevin Lee, Press Play/Fandor

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. The Strange Little Cat / Das merkwürdige Kätzchen

2. Viola

3. Before Midnight

4. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

5. The Battle of Tabato

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. What Happened To This City?

2. Boundary

3. Fatal Assistance

4. No Man's Land

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Ramon Zurcher, The Strange Little Cat

2. Matias Pineiro, Viola

3. Richard Linklater, Before Midnight

4. Denis Côté, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

5. Joao Viana, The Battle of Tabato

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Julie Delpy, Before Midnight

2. Pierrette Robitaille, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

3. Sam Rockwell, A Single Shot

4. María Villar, Viola

5. Bogdan Diklic, A Stranger

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Jenny Schily, The Strange Little Cat

2. Marie Brassard, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

3. Mia Kasalo, The Strange Little Cat

4. Uwe Bohm, Gold

5. Mavis Fan, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

BEST ENSEMBLE

1. The Strange Little Cat

2. Viola

3. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

4. Gold

5. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

BEST FIRST FEATURE

1. The Strange Little Cat

2. The Battle of Tabato

3. In Bloom

4. The Plague

BIGGEST SURPRISE

1. The best of the 32 films I saw in Berlinale was directed by a 30 year old who hasn't finished film school.

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