Panahi wins Golden Bear
Four years after the Berlin IFF organisers left an empty chair on stage when house arrest prevented Jafar Panahi from attending as a jury member, the Iranian filmmaker picked up the Golden Bear for ‘Taxi’, his third feature in defiance of a 20 year filmmaking ban. Adapting a similar structure to Abbas Kiarostami’s ‘Ten’, Panahi drives around Teheran’s streets as a taxi driver discussing wide ranging subjects with a cross-section of passengers. The Iranian authorities imposed the punishments after Panahi supported the Green Wave uprising, and his young daughter collected the prize on his behalf.
There were double winners of the Silver Bear best director prize, a strategy for honouring all films that made a significant mark on the jury. One went to Radu Jude for his Gypsy slave trade black comedy, ‘Aferim’, six years after he picked up the arthouse C.I.C.A.E. Award for ‘The Happiest Girl in the World’ in Berlin’s Forum sidebar. And the other to Malgorzata Szumowska’s equally dark, ‘Body’, which she wrote with the film’s cinematographer and her regular collaborator, Michal Englert.
It was a successful night for Chilean cinema with Pablo Larraín’s abuse allegory, ‘The Club’ winning the Silver Bear grand jury prize and Patricio Guzmán’s documentary, ‘The Pearl Button’, defying expectations to take home the best screenplay award.
And Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling won best actor and actress respectively for their performances in Andrew Haigh’s marriage drama, ’45 Years’.
Golden Bear for Best Film
Taxi, Jafar Panahi
Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
Pablo Larrain, El Club
Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for a feature film that opens new perspectives
Ixcanul, dir: Jayro Bustamante
Silver Bear for Best Director (tie)
Radu Jude, Aferim!
Małgorzata Szumowska, Body
Silver Bear for Best Actress
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Silver Bear for Best Actor
Tom Courtenay, 45 Years
Silver Bear for Best Script
Patricio Guzman, The Pearl Button
Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution in the categories camera, editing, music score, costumes or set design (Tie)
Sturla Brandth Grovlen, Cinematographer: Victoria
Sergey Mikhalchuk and Evgeniy Privin, Cinematographers: Under Electric Clouds
Best First Feature Award for the Best Debut Film
600 Miles, dir: Gabriel Ripstein