Representing five countries on three continents, a quintet of female filmmakers won honors at the 2014 Berlinale but none in the main competition section.
Australian Sophie Hyde took home the Crystal Bear for Best Youth Film with her narrative feature debut, 52 Tuesdays, a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl who adjusts to her mother’s transition into a man.
Two women-helmed features took third place in the Panorama program, which is devoted to arthouse works. Tinatin Kajrishvili’s Brides centers on a young wife and mother’s shifting relationship with her husband, who is in prison. Tamara Trampe and Johann Feindt’s German production My Mother, A War And Me explores Trampe’s family history. The film is inspired by the director’s mother’s efforts to find the father of her child during World War II and the unresolved, battle-scarred trauma she continues to suffer from.
French director Caroline Poggi and South Korean director Ga-eun Yoon won the Golden Bear and the Crystal Bear, respectively, for their shorts.
Scroll down for the full list of female winners at BIFF:
Silver Bear for Best Actress:
The Little House
Silver Bear for Best Script:
Dietrich & Anna Bruggemann
Stations Of The Cross
Golden Bear Best Short Film:
As Long As Shotguns Remain
by Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel
Georgia / France
by Tinatin Kajrishvili
My Mother, A War And Me
by Tamara Trampe & Johann Feindt
GENERATION KPLUS (Children’s Jury)
Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film:
by Ga-eun Yoon, Republic of Korea
GENERATION 14PLUS (Youth Jury)
Crystal Bear for the Best Film:
by Sophie Hyde, Australia