Berlinale Golden Bear Awards 2016

The Berlin International Film Festival just had its 66th finale yesterday. The Berlianale, as it is also called, had its firt edition in 1951, being today the biggest festival with over 330.ooo tickets sold in a venue of culture, where art meets party, but also with the glamous always present in this kind of event. If you don’t know much about it, but are still a lover of good cinema, take a look and discover the Golden Bears awarded in 2016.

Golden Bear for Best Film

Fuocoammare (Gianfranco Rosi, Italy/France, 2015, 108min)

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“Samuele is twelve and lives on an island in the Mediterranean, far away from the mainland. Like all boys of his age he does not always enjoy going to school. He would much rather climb the rocks by the shore, play with his slingshot or mooch about the port. But his home is not like other islands. For years, it has been the destination of men, women and children trying to make the crossing from Africa in boats that are far too small and decrepit. The island is Lampedusa.”

Golden Bear for Best Short Film

Balada de um Batráqui (Leonor Teles, Portugal, 2016, 11min)

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“Once upon a time, before people came along, all the creatures were free and able to be with one another”, narrates the voiceover. “All the animals danced together and were immeasurably happy. There was only one who wasn’t invited to the celebration – the frog. In his rage about the injustice, he committed suicide.” Something Romani and frogs have in common is that they will never be unseen, or stay unnoticed

Crystal Bear – Prizes in the children’s jury

Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair (India 2015, 81 min)

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In the paradisiacal countryside of Southern India, Kuttappayi and his Grandfather raise flocks of ducks in vast flooded fields, they fish, tell each other stories and kid around. Ever since the eight-year-old lost his parents, his Grandfather has looked after him with great tenderness. The boy’s life seems easy and sheltered, that is until the old man falls ill and the boy’s future is suddenly uncertain.

Best First Feature Award – In support of the next generation of filmmakers

Inhebbek Hedi (Tunisia / Belgium / France 2016, 88 min)

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“Young Tunisian Hedi lives an ordered life in which he believes there can be no more surprises. His future will play out as other people have planned. Take his mother for example, who always holds a protecting hand over him and has contributed to the fact that he has never been able to develop a mind of his own. Or his boss, who makes him dance to his tune and at whose behest Hedi has to undertake a business trip to Mahdia – of all times, in the week before his own wedding. Never mind, the family will take care of everything: after all, his mother did choose his bride …”

The Honorary Golden Bear – tribute to important figures of the world of film

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“We are honouring Michael Ballhaus as a director of photography who was a kindred talent to directors and whose oeuvre is unique,” says Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick. That body of work comprises some 130 films for theatres and television, including 15 films with Fassbinder and seven with Scorsese alone, alongside many other legendary directors, including Peter Lilienthal, Wolfgang Petersen, Volker Schlöndorff, John Sayles, Robert Redford, James L. Brooks, Paul Newman, Mike Nichols, and Francis Ford Coppola.\”

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