Tuesday, February 21, 2017


"Testről és lélekről (On Body and Soul)", an unusual love story set in a Hungarian slaughterhouse, took the top prize of the Golden Bear at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. This is the first feature by writer/director, Ildikó Enyedi in eighteen years who began her career in the late '80's with her first film, "My Twentieth Century" which took the Golden Camera prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Silver Bear prize went to "Félicité" by French film maker, Alain Gomis. This African set drama tells the story of a Congolese singer in a desperate search for money to help save her injured teenage son.

Acclaimed Oscar-nominated, Polish director, Agnieszka Holland ("Europa Europa", "In Darkness") won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer prize, an award to a film that "opens new perspectives on cinematic art", for her latest, "Pokot (Spoor)", a dramatic thriller about an elderly woman living alone in a crime infested, isolated area.

Another Oscar-nominee, Aki Kaurismäki ("The Man Without a Past") won the Silver Bear for Best Director for what the fifty-nine year old Finnish film maker recently claimed to be his final film, "Toivon tuolla puolen (The Other Side of Hope)".

Here is a partial list of winners of the 2017 Berlin Film Festival:

Golden Bear for Best Film:
"Testről és lélekről (On Body and Soul)" (Hungary)

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize:
 "Félicité" (France/Belgium/Senegal/Germany/Lebanon)

Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize:
"Pokot (Spoor)"

Silver Bear for Best Director:
Aki Kaurismäki, "Toivon tuolla puolen (The Other Side of Hope)"

Silver Bear for Best Actress:
Kim Min-hee, "밤의 해변에서 혼자 (On The Beach At Night Alone)"

Silver Bear for Best Actor:
Georg Friedrich, "Helle Nachte (Bright Nights)"

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay:
Gonzalo Maza, "Una Mujer Fantastica (A Fantastic Woman)"

Best First Feature:
"Estiu 1993 (Summer of 1993)" (Spain)

Golden Bear Best Short Film:
"Cidade Pequena"

Silver Bear Jury Prize Short Film:
"Ensueno En La Pradera"


Best Fiction Film:
"Insyriated" (Belgium/France/Lebanon)


Best Documentary:
"I Am Not Your Negro"