What a night for Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin, a Separation. Not only has the International Jury of this year's Berlinale, presided over by Isabella Rossellini, awarded the film the Golden Bear, but, in a most unusual move, the jury's also decided to give the Silver Bear for Best Actor and Silver Bear for Best Actress to the male and femaie ensembles, respectively. Actress Sarina Farhadi (above) thanked all those in Iran who've stood in line for hours for tickets to see the film — which, we might as well go ahead and mention, has also picked up the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for best film in the Competition.
Béla Tarr's The Turin Horse has won the Jury Grand Prix (Silver Bear). Tarr was on hand to accept the award, but decided to say nothing once he'd gotten up on stage. The Turin Horse is FIPRESCI's choice for best film in Competition.
The Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution is split this year — sort of. The winners are cinematographer Wojciech Staron and production designer Barbara Enriquez for their work on El Premio (The Prize).
The Teddy Award Gala, honoring the best in queer film, is always one of the liveliest events of the festival, all the more so Friday night as this year marks the 25th anniversary. As Bryce J Renninger reports at indieWIRE, the Best Feature Film award goes to Marco Berger's Ausente (Absent). Best Documentary: Marie Losier's The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, already the winner of this year's Caligari Prize. Celine Sciamma's Tomboy takes the Jury Prize. Barbara Hammer and Gina Carducci's Generations shares the Best Short Film award with Hammer's Maya Deren's Sink. And Special Teddy Awards go to South African drag performer and HIV/AIDS activist Pieter-Dirk Uys and the late Werner Schroeter.
Takahisa Zeze's 4.5-hour Heaven's Story has won both the FIPRESCI Prize and the NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) prize for best film screening in the Forum. Mainichi Japan reports that this "is the third consecutive year for the [FIPRESCI] award to go to a Japanese film, following Parade by director Isao Yukisada last year and Love Exposure by director Sion Sono in 2009." Sono's film, you may remember, is no sprinter, either, running nearly four hours. These people in the Internatioanl Federation of Film Critics are not wimps.
More Forum awards: The Prize of the Ecumenical Jury has been presented to Stéphane Lafleur's En terrains connus (Familiar Ground). The Conféderation Internationale des Cinémas D'Art et Essai (CICAE) awarded their prize to Bujar Alimani's Amnistia, with a special mention going to Tom Fassaert's De Engel van Doel (An Angel in Doel). And the Tagesspiegel Readers' Prize goes to Erika Hníková's Nesvatbov (Matchmaking Mayor); click on the names of the prizes to see the juries' statements.
Winners of the Crystal Bears for the best films in the Generation14plus program were announced yesterday; Andrew Okpeaha MacLean's On the Ice has won Best Feature. The festival also lists the winners of the Crystal Bears and Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Awards in Generation Kplus, the program for even younger audiences. Arild Andresen's Keeper'n til Liverpool (The Liverpool Goalie) takes Best Film.
"Jan Schomburg's Above Us Only Sky has won the 2011 European Cinema Label prize for best feature running in the Panorama section." Scott Roxborough has more in the Hollywood Reporter. The PanoramaAudienceAwards — and yes, that's how it's to be written — go to Icíar Bollaín's También la lluvia (Even the Rain) for Best Feature and Britta Wauer's Im Himmel, Unter der Erde. Der Jüdische Friedhof Weißensee (In Heaven Underground: The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery) for Best Documentary. Here're second and third place winners. More Panorama winners: Michal Aviad's Lo Roim Alaich (Invisible; Ecumenical Jury), Angelo Cianci's Dernier étage gauche gauche (Top Floor Left Wing; FIPRESCI) and Braden King's Here (CICAE).
Earlier today, "the young French-German-Bosnian jury awarded the Dialogue en perspective prize. It goes this year to Dirk Lütter's film Die Ausbildung (The Education). The award was initiated in 2004 by the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO), an official partner of the Berlinale, in association with Perspektive Deutsches Kino."