Monday, February 22, 2016


The Meryl Streep led jury at this year's Berlin Film Festival have reached a verdict and the documentary "Fuocoammare (Fire At Sea)" by Italian director Gianfrano Rosi took the top prize of the Golden Bear for Best Film. This topical film examines the island of Lampedusa, which has become a metaphor for the flight of refugees recently coming in to Europe. The runner-up Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to "Death In Sarajevo" by Danis Tanovic, who won a Best Foreign Language Oscar for his 2001 drama "No Man’s Land". This multiple character drama is set in a financially-strapped Bosnian hotel preparing to hold an important EU meeting with the manager trying to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Here is a partial list of the winners from the 2016 Berlinale:

Golden Bear for Best Film: "Fire At Sea"

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize: "Death In Sarajevo"
Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize (for a feature film that opens new perspectives): "A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery"

Silver Bear for Best Director: Mia Hansen-Love, "Things To Come"

Silver Bear for Best Actress: Trine Dyrholm, "The Commune"

Silver Bear for Best Actor: Majd Mastoura, "Inhebbek Hedi"
Silver Bear for Best Script: Tomasz Wasilewski, "United States Of Love"

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution: Mark Lee Ping-Bing, Cinematographer, "Crosscurrent"
Best First Feature: "Inhebbek Hedi"
Golden Bear for Best Short Film: "Balada De Um BatrĂ¡quio"
Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film): "A Man Returned"