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Berlinale Competition and Encounters sections 2021 Awards

Mar 5, 2021 12:45:16 PM / by Hélène Lambert

The Berlinale International Jury has announced the winners of the 2021 Competition. That Jury was made up of six directors, all former laureates of the Golden Bear award : Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Gianfranco Rosi (Italy), Mohammad Rasoulof (Iran), Nadav Lapid (Israel), Adina Pintilie (Romania) and Ildikó Enyedi (Hungary). All in all, productions from 16 countries were represented in the Competition. 

On its side, the three-member Encounters Jury (French programmer Florence Almozini, Argentinian artistic director Cecilia Barrionuev and German editor and publisher Diedrich Diederichsen) has revealed the winners for Best Film, Best Director and Special Jury Award in the Encounters section

List of winners : 


Berlinale - Competition Winners

Golden Bear for Best Film : 

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc) by Radu Jude 


Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize : 

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Guzen to sozo) by Olga Lucovnicova


Silver Bear Jury Prize : 

Mr Bachmann and His Class (Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse) by Maria Speth


Silver Bear for Best Director : 

Dénes Nagy for Natural Light (Természetes Fény)


Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance :

Maren Eggert in I'm Your Man (Ich bin dein Mensch) by Maria Schrader


Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance : 

Lilla Kizlinger in Forest - I See You Everywhere (Rengeteg - mindenhol látlak) by Bence Fliegauf


Silver Bear for Best Screenplay : 

Hong Sangsoo for Introduction 


Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution : 

Yibrán Asuad for A Cop Movie (Una Película de Policías)


As the festival’s centre of gravity, the Competition concentrates the energy of the Berlinale and catches the world’s attention. It is the focal point of the festival and screens some of the year’s most talked-about films, frequently prompting heated debates. Embracing the diversity of cinema and its extensive production in the 21st century, the Competition aims to surprise, entertain and enrich public audiences and industry professionals alike. It reflects and relates to the world in which we are living: its selection allows viewers to understand their place in it more fully and to recognise and respect the place of others.
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Berlinale - Encounters-1


Best Film : 

We (Nous) by Alice Diop 


Best Director : 

Ramon Zürcher and Silvan Zürcher for The Girl and the Spider (Das Mädchen und die Spinne)


Denis Côté for Sociale Hygiene (Hygiène sociale)


Special Jury Award : 

Taste (Vị) by Lê Bảo


Special Mention : 

Rock Bottom Riser by Fern Silva


Encounters is a platform aiming to foster aesthetically and structurally daring works from independent, innovative filmmakers. Its goal is to support new perspectives in cinema and to give more room to diverse narrative and documentary forms in the official selection. Conceived as a counterpoint and a complement to Competition, Encounters is a competitive section devoted to new cinematic visions. The films selected will challenge traditional forms and ask viewers to reconsider their positions in relation to them. [...]
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Tags: Berlin International Film Festival, Guadalajara International, Festivals

Written by Hélène Lambert

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