BERLIN 2000: "Magnolia" Takes top Award; Wenders Booed
by Mark Rabinowitz/indieWIRE
(indieWIRE/2.20.2000) -- The 50th Berlinale wrapped up here in Berlin tonight with the awarding of the Golden and
Silver Bears, as well as assorted other prizes. In what could be
called further validation of the success of Hollywood funded indie-minded
films, Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia" picked up the Golden Bear from the
International Jury. Milos Forman picked up the Silver Berlin Bear for Best
Director for "Man on the Moon," while the Jury Grand Prix Silver Berlin
Bear was won by Zhang Yimou's "The Road Home." Interestingly,
Zhang's former paramour Gong Li was the president of the Jury.
A loud chorus of boos erupted when it was announced that the Jury Prize
Silver Berlin Bear had been awarded to Wim Wenders' "The Million Dollar
Hotel," a film roundly panned at the fest.
The Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actor went to Denzel Washington for his
performance in "Hurricane," a film that was roundly cheered by audiences in
Berlin. Bibiana Beglau and Nadja Uhl picked up the Silver Berlin Bear for
Best Actress for Volker Schlondorff's "The Legends of Rita," the second
year in a row that two German actresses shared the prize.
The Blue Angel award of 50,000 Deutche Marks was given to Volker
Schlondorff, while the Alfred Bauer Prize for a debut film was given to
"Boy's Choir," by Akira Ogata. A Silver Berlin Bear for outstanding
achievement to the cast of "Paradiso - Seven Days With Seven Women," by
Rudolf Thome. The short film awards went to "Tribute to Alfred Lepetit" by
Jean Rousselot (Golden Bear) and "Media" by Pavel Koutsky (Silver Bear). "The Long Holiday" by Johan van der Keuken
and "Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment" by Peter Wintonick picked up the
prizes for best film in the Forum.
The FIPRESCI Jury awarded it's Competition prize to Claude Miller's "Of
Women and Magic," while Sabu's "Monday" picked up the FIPRESCI Forum prize
and Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's "Paragraph 175" picked up the prize
for the Panorama section.