Kristen Stewart’s Berlin Jury Awards Golden Bear to ‘On the Adamant’ (Complete Winners List)

See who won big at the first major international film festival of the year.
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 11: The gold and one of the silver Berlinale Film Festival bear trophies stand in a workshop at the Hermann Noack Bildgiesserei foundry where the trophies are produced on January 11, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The 69th Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 7-17.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
The gold and one of the silver Berlinale Film Festival bear trophies
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As the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival drew to a close, the first of the three major international film festivals began giving out its awards. This year’s Berlin jury was headed by Kristen Stewart, and the selections promised to reflect the actress’ famously good taste in movies. But a strong lineup featuring a variety of innovative films from the world’s top directors ensured that their job was never going to be easy. From a timely documentary about the war in Ukraine to a variety of dramas about men trapped in small spaces (see: “Inside” and “Manhole”), the eclectic collection of films had something for everyone.

At last year’s festival, Carla Simon’s Spanish Drama “Alcarras” won the coveted Golden Bear. Several of the biggest names in global cinema also walked away with big prizes, as Claire Denis won the Silver Bear for Best Director for “Both Sides of the Blade” and Hong Sang-soo won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize for “The Novelist’s Film.”

This year’s jury gave the Golden Bear award to the French documentary “On the Adamant.” Nicolas Philibert’s film tells the story of a unique mental health treatment facility that uses art as a primary method of care. Stewart praised the film for expanding the jury’s understanding of what constitutes art. The Silver Bear for Best Director went to Philippe Garrel for “The Plough,” while the Silver Bear for Best Lead Performance notably went to child star Sofia Otero for “20,000 Species of Bees.”

This year’s festival also saw Steven Spielberg make the trip to Berlin to accept the honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement. He delivered a passionate acceptance speech where he reflected on his unique relationship with German audiences and made it clear that he has no plans to retire any time soon.

“If this honor means that my work has found a home in Germany, then tonight, I feel like I’m home too,” Spielberg said (via Variety). “This honor has particular meaning for me because I’m a Jewish director. I’d like to believe that this is a small moment in a much larger, ongoing effort of healing the broken places of history – what Jews call Tikkun Olam, the repairing and restoring of the world.”

Keep reading for the complete list of winners from the 2023 Berlin Film Festival.

Golden Bear – “On the Adamant,” Nicolas Philibert

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize – “Afire,” Christian Petzold

Silver Bear Jury Prize – “Bad Living,” João Canijo

Silver Bear for Best Director – “The Plough,” Philippe Garrel

Silver Bear for Best Lead Performance – “20,000 Species of Bees,” Sofia Otero

Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance – “Till the End of the Night,” Thea Ehre

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay – “Music,” Angela Schanelec

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution – Disco Boy,” Hélène Louvart, cinematography

Encounters winners:

Best Film – “Here,” Bas Devos

Best Director – “The Echo,” Tatiana Huezo

Special Jury Award – “Orlando, My Political Biography,” Paul B. Preciado; “Samsara,” Lois Patino

Documentary winners:

Best Documentary – “The Echo,” Tatiana Huezo

Documentary Special Mention – “Orlando, My Political Biography,” Paul B. Preciado

Best First Feature – “The Klezmer Project,” Leandro Koch, Paloma Schahmann

Berlinale Shorts winners:

Golden Bear – “Les Chenilles,” Michelle Keserwany, Noel Keserwany

Silver Bear – “Dipped in Black,” Matthew Thorne, Derik Lynch

Special Mention – “It’s a Date,” Nadia Parfan

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