By Peter Knegt | Indiewire February 17, 2010 at 2:51AM
At the 60th Annual Berlin International Film Festival this morning, the International Short Film Jury awarded the Golden Bear and the Jury-Prize Silver Bear, the DAAD Short Film Award and the nomination for the European Film Academy Short Film 2010.
The Golden Bear for the best short film was awarded to "Haendelse Vid Bank," by Ruben Oestlund from Sweden. The film details ninety-six people as they reconstruct a failed bank robbery witnessed in 2006. "Everybody imagines a bank robbery as it is presented in the cinema: everything is perfectly organized and is executed fast and efficient," director Oestlund commented on his film. "But reality is different. What does it mean for me as a witness, when reality gets ahead of expectations?"
The Jury explained their decision: "His film is a real reflection on our times and the role played by media. Filmed with a single camera without a single cut, we zoom in and out of the picture as if using a CCTV camera. The dialogues are perfect, humanity is explained with humour."
The Jury-Prize Silver Bear goes to "Hayerida," by Shai Miedzinski from Israel. The film follows a family looking for a tombstone for their prodigal son's grave.
The Jury said of "Hayerida": "The Israeli desert sets a dusty and intense background for a coherent road movie about loss. It's hard to depict grief, a transition for a family, but the director listens to the wind blow and frames the emotion."
The DAAD scholarship was awarded to Adrian Sitaru from Romania for "Colivia."
"A perfectly paced miniature, a chamber piece inside a Romanian tower block. Funny, heartfelt, with a wonderful rhythm. The director needs only 17 minutes to portray the three characters involved," commented the Jury. Adrian Sitaru is a film maker of feature length and short films. This award gives him the opportunity to come to Berlin for three months and work on a new project.
Finally, the nomination for the European Film Academy Short Film 2010 went to Belgian director Natalie Teirlinck for her film "Venus vs Me." "An experimental attempt to recount childhood memories from the interior with a complex montage technique," wrote the Berlin Festival of the film. "Pictures, sound and editing blend into multilayered storytelling. The director magnificently negotiates the puzzle."
The jury decisions were made by the founder and director of the Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Zita Caravalhosa, by the chief editor of the German pop culture magazine "Spex", Max Dax, and by the British producer Samm Haillay.
The Berlin International Film Festival continues through this weekend.