We walked you through a short guide and our Competition picks back in March, and we now bid farewell to the 71st Berlinale.Despite having to swap glamourous red-carpet attire for comfy home and street wear, it’s fair to say that this year’s festival was a success.
Photo by: I’m No Angel von Wesley Ruggles, Retrospective
As you might remember, 2021 Berlinale went entirely virtual during March 1-5, hosting exclusively industry experts and the press. But movie buffs had a chance to attend the special Summer Edition, which took place between 9th and 20th June, when many Berlin’s open-air cinemas showed the nominated films, as well as a few extras that didn’t take part in the online screenings.
Both, the professional event and the summer festival, proved to make everyone happy. Journalists were able to focus on the films more attentively, jump between screenings with a click of the mouse, and avoid the logistical hurdles of long queues, delayed interviews and overlapping films. General public was rejoicing about better access and broader availability due to expansive viewing options of much of the festival’s selection at 16 outdoor locations across the city with about 60,000 tickets available for sale.
Photo by: Wesley Ruggles, Retrospective
Photo by: Mariette Rissenbeek, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters, Carlo Chatrian
Maybe, for the very first time in the festival’s history, it stripped back the meaning down to its bare entity, appreciation and interpretation of the art of cinema, whether in an intimate virtual viewing in March or in a comradery of the masses in June. It also doubled as a kind of coming-out party for the city as it emerged from months of lockdown, making it all more special than a usual annual celebration in the dark month of February.
The International Jury already made their Competition award selections in March, and the Golden and Silver Bears were handed out during a ceremony on June 13th. Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc(Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn)provoked with its name and equally innovative production and took home this year’s Golden Bear for Best Film. Some other award winners have only recently been named: The Berlinale Documentary Award went to Alice Diop's We, while the GWFF Best First Feature Award was given to The Scary of Sixty-Firstby Dasha Nekrasova. The audience was invited to decide on their own Competition favorite, which was announced on June 20th and went to A Última Floresta(The Last Forest) by Luiz Bolognesi
Full list of winners in each category can be viewed here. Below we are listing results for main categories. We wish you some quality time viewing these in the movie theaters or online in the coming months. See you next year!
The Berlinale 2021 Competition winners:
Golden Bear for Best Film: Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc (Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn) by Radu Jude Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize:Guzen to sozo (Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy) by Ryusuke Hamaguchi Silver Bear Jury Prize:Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse (Mr Bachmann and His Class) by Maria Speth Silver Bear for Best Director:Dénes Nagy for Természetes fény (Natural Light) Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance:Maren Eggert in Ich bin dein Mensch (I’m Your Man) by Maria Schrader Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance:Lilla Kizlinger in Rengeteg – mindenhol látlak (Forest – See You Everywhere) by Bence Fliegauf Silver Bear for Best Screenplay:Hong Sangsoo for Inteurodeoksyeon (Introduction) by Hong Sangsoo Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution:Yibrán Asuad for the editing of Una película de policías (A Cop Movie) by Alonso Ruizpalacios
Photo by: Berlinale Summer Special at ARTE Sommerkino Kulturforum
The Berlinale 2021 Encounters winners:
Best Film:Nous (We) by Alice Diop Special Jury Award:Vị (Taste) by Lê Bảo Best Director (ex-aequo):Das Mädchen und die Spinne (The Girl and the Spider) by Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher Best Director (ex-aequo):Hygiène sociale (Social Hygiene) by Denis Côté Special Mention:Rock Bottom Riser by Fern Silva
The Berlinale 2021 Generation winners:
Grand Prix for the Best Film in the Generation Kplus competition:Han Nan Xia Ri (Summer Blur) by Han Shuai Special Mention:Una escuela en Cerro Hueso (A school in Cerro Hueso) by Betania Cappat Grand Prix for the Best Film in the Generation 14plus competition:La Mif (The Fam) by Fred Baillif Special Mention:Cryptozoo by Dash Shaw.