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“Grbavica” Wins Golden Bear At 2006 Berlinale; Winterbotton & Whitecross Win Directing Prize

"Grbavica" Wins Golden Bear At 2006 Berlinale; Winterbotton & Whitecross Win Directing Prize

Jasmila Zbanic‘s “Grbavica won the top prize, the Golden Bear, at the 2006 Berlinale, awarded tonight at the festival’s closing ceremony in Germany’s capital city. The film, from Austria and Bosnia & Herzegovina, is the story of a mother and daughter set in post-war Sarajevo.

Declaring, “We have found ways to choose what we feel reflect, in the most profound way, the mood of the world today,” Berlinale jury president Charlotte Rampling joined her fellow jurors in announcing this year’s award winners at a ceremony that was broadcast live on German television and via the Internet around the world.

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“I am very calm, because i am dreaming this and I will wake up in five minutes in Sarajevo,” said Jasmila Zbanic, accepting her golden trophy on stage at the Berlinale Palast today. “I am dreaming that I am hear on the stage with Miss Rampling…” Commending the event she thanked festival director Dieter Kosslick and the event’s organizers for “being so liberal to invite such a small film, from a small country with a small budget…” Continuing, she urged that people not ignore the plight of people back home even though the war ended some 30 years ago and she asked that those who committed war crimes be brought to justice. “I hope that this will change your view on Bosnia” and concluded, “I hope this bear will not be disappointed when he sees Bosnia.”

Photos of jurors, hung on a wall inside the Berlinale Palast. Photo by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

Accepting the Silver Bear for best director with his co-director Mat Whitecross, filmmaker Michael Winterbottom said, “It is a great honor (but) there are really only three people who should get any prize and they are here tonight and that’s the three people who were in the film.” Recognizing the subjects of his movie, the “Tripton Three” — Ruhel Ahmed, Asif Iqbal, and Shafiq Rasul — Winterbottom invited the three former Guantanamo detainees to take the stage.

Pernille Fischer Christensen won two key awards, the Silver Bear grand jury award and the Berlinale’s new best first feature award, for her film “En Soap” (A Soap). Her body shaking on stage, she raised her arms and screamed, “Yes!” loudly, while clutching her second trophy in front of photographers. Moments later, her voice still trembling, she said, “I just went out with my small bear and cried out there,” she said. “Now I don’t know what to do. I am so extremely lucky and what I am so happy about is that this is a film that we made for — can I tell the budget? — less than one million Euros.”

Thanking those involved with the film, she concluded, “We’ve tried to force each other to be true in our vision of human beings and not try to talk about our lives in an easy way. I am so happy,” and opening her arms widely, added, “I am so surprised.”

The complete list of jury prize winners follows, including a list of other award winners:

Golden Bear:

Grbavica,” by Jasmila Zbanic

Silver Bear – The Jury Grand Prix (shared)

En Soap” (A Soap), by Pernille Fischer Christensen

Offside,” by Jafar Panahi

Silver Bear – Best Director

Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, “The Road To Guantanamo”

Silver Bear – Best Actress

Sandra Hueller in “Requiem” by Hans-Christian Schmid

Silver Bear – Best Actor

Moritz Bleibtreu in “Elementarteilchen” (The Elementary Particles) by Oskar Roehler

Silver Bear – Artistic Contribution

Jurgen Vogel as actor, co-writer and co-producer of the film, “Der freie Wille” (The Free Will) by Matthias Glasner

Silver Bear – Best Film Music

Peter Kam for “Isabella” by Pang Ho-Cheung

Alfred Bauer Prize

El custodio” by Rodrigo Moreno

The jury prizes above were selected by the international jury that included: Charlotte Rampling (actress, UK), Jury president; Matthew Barney (multi-media artist, USA); Yash Chopra (producer, India); Marleen Gorris (director, Netherlands); Janusz Kaminski (cinematographer, Poland); Lee Young-ae (actress, Republic of Korea); Armin Mueller-Stahl (actor, Germany); Fred Roos (producer, USA)

Other awards at the 2006 Berlinale:

Best First Feature Award

En Soap” (A Soap) by Pernille Fischer Christensen


Competition: “Requiem,” directed by Hans-Christian Schmid

Panorama: “Knallhart” (Tough Enough), directed by Detlev Buck

Forum: “In Between Days,” directed by So Yong Kim

Manfred Salzberger Prize

Bubot Niyar” (Paper Dolls), directed by Tomer Heymann

Panorama Audience Awards

Feature: “Bubot Niyar” (Paper Dolls), directed by Tomer Heymann

Short: “Hayelet Bodeda” (The Substitute), directed by Talya Lavie”

Teddy Awards

Feature: “The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros” by Aureas Solito

Documentary: “Beyond Hatred,” directed by Olivier Meyrou

Short: “The Day I Died,” directed by Maryam Keshavarz

Special Jury Prize: “Combat,” directed by Patrick Carpentier

Siegessaule Reader’s Jury Award: “Paper Dolls,” directed by Tomer Heymann

Berliner Morgenpost Readers’ Prize

A Prairie Home Companion,” directed by Robert Altman

Golden Bear for Best Short Film

Aldrig Som Forsta Gangen!” (Nie wie beim ersten Mal!) by Jonas Odell

The Jury Prize – Silver Bear to the Short Film (shared)

Gratte-Papier” (Penpusher) by Guillaume Martinez

Our Man In Nirvana” by Jan Koester

Special Mention

El Dia Que Mori” (The Day I Died) by Maryam Keshavarz

Panorama Short Film Award

Tes Cheveux Noirs Ihsan” (Dein dunkles Haar Ihsan) by Tala Hadid

Prix UIP Berlin

El Cerco” (The Fence) by Ricardo Iscar and Nacho Martin

DAAD Short Film Prize

Barburot” (Swanettes) by Rony Sasson

ABOUT THE WRITER: Eugene Hernandez is the Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of indieWIRE.

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