Berlinale: Asian titles take major gongs

Asia titles made a strong showing on awards night in Berlin, which was celebrating its own success. A record 330,000 tickets had been sold over a day before the festival concluded – confirming its pla
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Asia titles made a strong showing on awards night in Berlin, which was celebrating its own success. A record 330,000 tickets had been sold over a day before the festival concluded – confirming its place as the world’s largest film festival.

Chinese noir is not a huge genre but, in the shape of Diao Yinan’s Black Coal, Thin Ice, it took the Berlinale’s top honour, the International Jury’s Golden Bear for Best Film, along with the Best Actor gong for lead Liao Fan.

The title is not the first mining-themed China title to win at Berlin. Li Yang’s Blind Shaft won a Silver Bear in 2003. Less than complimentary about the mining industry, it was banned in China. A previous Silver Bear winner, 2003’s Blind Shaft by Li Yang, was banned in China. Black Coal, Thin Ice has not yet been given a Chinese release date. Its English-subtitled trailer is here.

Other Asian titles collecting gongs included Yoji Yamada’s The Little House, for which Haru Kuroki took the Silver Bear for Best Actress; and Lou Ye’s Blind Massage for which Zeng Jian took the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for his cinematography.

In the Generation programme, where NZ entries What We Do in the Shadows and short Eleven played, Masakazu Sugita’s Joy Of Man’s Desiring took a Special Mention in the Generation Kplus: Best Film category; Ga-Eun Yoon’s Sprout took the Crystal Bear for Generation Kplus: Best Short Film.

Taking two Generation Kplus awards was Avinash Arun’s Killa. The Indian took the Children’s Jury’s Crystal Bear for the Best Film and a Special Mention from the Generation Kplus International Jury.

Late last year Killa was part of NFDC Film Bazaar’s Work-in-Progress Lab, at which Philippa Campbell was a mentor.

Australia took a win in the Generation 14plus category, the Youth Jury awarding its Crystal Bear for The Best Film to Sophie Hyde’s 52 Tuesdays. Hyde’s feature also collected the Siegessaule Readers’ Jury Award.

Ayumi Sakamoto’s debut feature Forma took the Forum prize from the FIPRESCI jury.

The International Jury and Generation awards are listed below. Berlin’s full winners’ list is available here.

Prizes Of The International Jury
Golden Bear for Best Film

Bai Ri Yan Huo / Black Coal, Thin Ice by Diao Yinan

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson

Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize
Aimer, Boire Et Chanter / Life Of Riley by Alain Resnais

Silver Bear for Best Director
Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Silver Bear for Best Actress
Haru Kuroki in Chiisai Ouchi / The Little House by Yoji Yamada

Silver Bear for Best Actor
Liao Fan in Bai Ri Yan Huo / Black Coal, Thin Ice by Diao Yinan

Silver Bear for Best Script
Dietrich Brüggemann, Anna Brüggemann for Kreuzweg / Stations Of The Cross by Dietrich Brüggemann

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution
Zeng Jian for The Camera In Tui Na / Blind Massage by Lou Ye

Best First Feature Award
Güeros by Alonso Ruizpalacios

Prizes Of The International Short Film Jury
Golden Bear for Best Short Film

Tant Qu’il Nous Reste Des Fusils À Pompe / As Long As Shotguns Remain by Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel

Silver Bear Jury Prize
Laborat by Guillaume Cailleau

Berlin Short Film Nominee for The European Film Awards
Taprobana by Gabriel Abrantes

Daad Short Film Prize
Person To Person by Dustin Guy Defa

Prizes Of The Generation Juries
Generation Kplus
Crystal Bear: Best Film

Killa / The Fort by Avinash Arun

Special Mention
Hitono Nozomino Yorokobiyo / Joy Of Man’s Desiring by Masakazu Sugita

Crystal Bear: Best Short Film
Sprout by Ga-Eun Yoon

Special Mention
Sepatu Baru / On Stopping The Rain by Aditya Ahmad

The Grand Prix Of The Generation Kplus International Jury
Best Feature

Ciencias Naturales / Natural Sciences by Matías Lucchesi

Special Mention
Killa / The Fort by Avinash Arun

The Special Prize Of The Generation Kplus International Jury
Best Short Film

Moy Lichniy Los’ / My Own Personal Moose by Leonid Shmelkov

Special Mention
El Away by Roland Ferge

Youth Jury: Generation 14plus
Crystal Bear for The Best Film

52 Tuesdays by Sophie Hyde
(also Won The Siegessäule Readers’ Jury Award)

Special Mention
Artico / Arctic by Gabri Velázquez

Crystal Bear for The Best Short Film
Mike by Petros Silvestros

Special Mention
Emo (the Musical) by Neil Triffett

The Grand Prix Of The Generation14plus International Jury
Best Feature

Violet by Bas Devos

Special Mention
Einstein And Einstein by Cao Baoping

The Special Prize Of The Generation 14plus International Jury
Best Short Film

Vetrarmorgun / Winter Morning by Sakaris Stórá

Special Mention
Son by Kristoffer Kiorboe

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