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65th Edition of Berlin International Film Festival Draws to a Close

65th Edition of Berlin International Film Festival Draws to a Close


The 65th Edition of the Berlin International Film Festival has concluded on Saturday evening, February 14, 2015. Latin American films swept up ten awards at the Festival, as per the decisions of the Festival's formal jury committees and subcommittees, while the Festival's top award, the "Golden Bear Prize", went to Iranian director Jaafar Panahi for his film "Taxi". Panahi's win is symbolic, especially after qualifying for the prize twice in 2011 and 2013, and after he was banned from making films by the Iranian authorities, which made him unable to travel to Berlinand receive the Award.

Moreover, the Chilean film "The Club", directed by Pablo Larrain, about won the "Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize", while "Ixcanul", a Guatemalan film directed by Jayro Bustamente, won the "Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize", which was created in commemoration of the Festival's founder to recognize innovation in the field of filmmaking. It is worth mentioning that this is Guatemala's first participation in the Berlin International Film Festival.

On the other hand, Mexican cinema had a great share of the Festival's prizes, as the "Silver Bear for Best First Feature" went to "600 Millas" by director Gabriel Ripstein, while the "Silver Bear for Best Script" and th all-over prize went to "Pearl Button" by Chilean director Patricio Guzman.

Furthermore, the Brazilian film, "What Time Do You Return", directed by Anna Muylaert won the "Panorama Audience Award" and the "Audience Award".

The stars of the British movie "45 Years" by British director Haigh claimed the best actor and best actors awards, which went to Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling respectively.

Meanwhile, "The Silver Bear for Best Director" was shared by Radu Jude ofRomania for "Aferim!" and Polish director Malgorzata Szumowksa for "Body."

German film, "Victoria", by Sebastian Schipper won the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution due to its exquisite cinematography.

It is worth mentioning that the Festival's Director Dieter Kosslick had stressed the Festival's commitment to films that highlight the struggles of the real world, which has been reflected in the selection of the winners by festival's formal jury committee, chaired by Darren Aronofsky.

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