Berlinale 2011: my personal bears

22Feb11

Ok, I have promised it. Here it goes:

Golden Bear for Best Film

En Terrain Connus. Because it surprised me. It kept me intrigued. It made me laugh. And it made me build up a sympethy for its characters as no other film did! And it not only had great actors, but also great sound and a nice camerawork.

Silver Bear: Personal Gran Prix

Man Chu. Because it’s just a wonderful love story that captures the mood of the moment finding a balance between the  hopes and hopelessness of the situation.

Silver Bear: Best Director

Yoshihiro Fukagawa for Byakuyakô (Into the White Night). It’s difficult to make a movie after a novel that has already been adapted as a TV series. But Fukagawa puts the inspector in the focus of this crime story, providing the story with a new angle and managing building up a tension that only resolves until the very end.

Silver Bear: Best Actress

Ángela Carrizosa Aparicio, as Karen in Karen llora en un bus. But here the decision was difficult. There have been quite a number of great perfomances of strong women in this festival.

Silver Bear: Best Actor

Francis La Haye playing Benoît in En Terrains Connus. Difficult role because Benoît really is a loser. But Francis manages to provide him with an underlying strength and determination that is simply wonderful.

Silver Bear: Outstanding Artistic Achievement

Dexter Dela Pena and Arnel Barbarona for the camera in Halaw, who filmed this little but powerful film with a DSLR (Digital Single Lens-Reflex) camera, a Canon 550d,  in such a beautiful way.

Silver Bear: Best Script

Ryoo Seung-wan for Bu-dang-geo-rae (The Unjust), who is also the director of the film, and its great insight into the games of power, corruption and conflicts of interest.

Georg Neumann Prize for a work of particular innovation

Heaven’s Story. This four and a half hour epos by Zeze Takahisa really kept me thinking, and never had me bored. If you have the time to spare, you should watch it.

And again, here the real bears based on the competition movies at this year’s Berlinale. As I only saw two this year, no comment on these. You’ll probably find, as every year, everyone complaining about the quality of the competition, but I’ve been long focussing on Forum anyways. Much more fun.

The documentaries that I’ve seen were also quite good (Matchmaking Mayor, Escuchando al Juez Garzón, Khodorkovsky), no bears here though.

What were your favourite movies? Let me know!

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