Berlinale 2011: Prizes of the International Jury
Alfred Bauer Prize in memory of the festival founder – for a feature film that broadens the horizons of the art of filmmaking: Wer Wenn Nicht Uns (If Not Us, Who) by Andres Veiel.
j:mag’s opinion: It’s a little bit like a consolation prize for the german, but it deserved anyway a prize even if it would have been more appropriate in the category actor or actress.
Silver Bear for Best Script: Joshua Morton and Andamion Murataj for The Forgiveness of Blood.
j:mag’s opinion: Very good script, with a lot of work in the researches in order to make to story totally believable. Award well-deserved.
Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution in the categories camera, editing, score, costumes or set design: Wojcieh Staron for the camera in El Premio (The Prize) by Paula Markovitch
Barbara Enriquez for the production design in El Premio (The Prize) by Paula Markovitch
j:mag’s opinion: definitly a consolation prize for this wonderful film which deserved at least a Silver Bear.
Silver Bear for Best Actress: to the actress-ensemble in Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader and Simin, A Separation) by Asghar Farhadi : Leila Hatami Sarina Farhadi
j:mag’s opinion: it’s always difficult to compare the performances of actresses, this award isn’t scandalous but not totally convincing.
Silver Bear for Best Actor: to the actor-ensemble in
Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation) by Asghar Farhadi: Peyman Moadi, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi
j:mag’s opinion: this award for this film is definitly too much. The actors are good of course but in the category best actor, there was a lot of competion, e.g. Anton Shagin for V Subbotu (Innocent Saturday) or Tristan Halilaj for The Forgiveness of Blood or János Derzsi for The Horse of Turin.
Silver Bear for Best Director: Ulrich Köhler for Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness)
j:mag’s opinion: a totally crummy film and a crapy award. But when one thinks that last year Roman Polanski received this award for The Ghost Writer, then one can suspect that this prize is like a vacuum…
Silver Bear for Jury Grand Prix: A torinói ló (The Turin Horse) by Béla Tarr
j:mag’s opinion: Fully deserved! This film is just a masterpiece, a challenging film for the spectator, therefore it is not going to be seen by a large audience, but it will remain and make history of cinema.
Golden Bear for Best Film: Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation) by Asghar Farhadi
j:mag’s opinion: this award was scheduled but it is deserved.
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