Exhibitions of the ‘Kiez-Kino’ Summer Special program will also take place outdoors, and the awards ceremony will take place on June 13, following the decisions of the official juries already taken in March, which delivered to the political satire ‘Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn’, by the Romanian director Radu Jude, the Golden Bear, the highest prize of the event.
The Berlinale Documentary Prize, endowed with 40,000 euros, and the GWFF Prize for Best First Feature Film, with a cash value of 50,000 euros, will also be awarded in the main area of the festival, on Museum Island in Berlin.
This year, the 71st edition of the festival was planned to take place in two stages: in February, with the film market and presentation of online productions, for professionals and the press, and in June, with the in-person exhibition of the films outdoors in the German capital.
In the Forum section, the long film ‘In Jack’s Taxi’, by Susana Nobre, was included.
‘Light of Presence’ will be shown today and Thursday in open-air cinemas in Hasenheide and Filmrauschpalast. The film is directed by Jorge Quintela, with the participation of actors Diana Neves Silva, João Castro, Gustavo Sumpta and Luís Miguel Cintra, and is promoted and distributed by Agência da Curta-Metagem.
From the schedule scheduled for this year, the retrospective dedicated to cinema classics and the exhibition of the Expanded Forum program, which should have opened on May 18, were postponed to 2022.
In this Expanded Forum, in which cinema extends to other artistic expressions, there were ‘Change’, by the Portuguese-Guinean director Welket Bungué, ‘Night for day’, by the British visual artist Emily Wardill, with a Portuguese-Austrian co-production, and the production Portuguese film ’13 ways of looking at a blackbird’, by Brazilian director Ana Vaz.
In the Encounters section, the film ‘Rock Bottom Riser’, by the Portuguese-American director Fern Silva, was included, which received an honorable mention.
This year’s awards for the festival, in addition to the awards for best international short and feature film, awarded to ‘Nanu Tudor’ and ‘Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn’, respectively, was also given the Grand Jury Prize to the feature film ‘ Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy’, by Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, and the Jury Prize for ‘Mr. Bachmann and His Class’, by German filmmaker Maria Speth.
The award for best director went to Dénes Nagy, from Hungary, for ‘Natural Light’, and for best interpretation went to German actress Maren Eggert, for her performance in ‘I’m Your Man’, by Maria Schrader. The award for best supporting role went to Hungarian actress Lilla Kizlinger in the film ‘Forest – I See You Everywhere’, by Bence Fliegauf.
In his artistic contribution, Yibrán Asuad was distinguished for his production of ‘Una Filme de policías’, by Mexican Alonso Ruizpalacios, and Urso de Prata for best screenplay distinguished ‘Introduction’, by Hong Sangsoo, from South Korea.
With regard to the Encounters section, the jury decided to award ‘Nous’, by the French feminist documentary filmmaker Alice Diop, as best film.
In this section, the Special Jury Prize went to ‘Vi’, by the Vietnamese director Li Bao, and the best director was awarded to the Swiss Ramon Zürcher and Silvan Zürcher, for the film ‘The Girl and the Spider’, and to the Canadian Denis Côté , by ‘Hygiène sociale’.