Berlinale 2021: The Award Winners of the Competition
The Golden Bear goes to a film which has that rare and essential quality of a lasting art work
The members of the International Jury - Ildikó Enyedi (Hungary), Nadav Lapid (Israel), Adina Pintilie (Romania), Mohammad Rasoulof (Iran), Gianfranco Rosi (Italy) and Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - have decided on the prizes in the Competition at the 71st Berlinale. The festive Award Ceremony will take place at the Summer Special (June 9 to 20, 2021).
Golden Bear for Best Film this year went to Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn by Radu Jude. The jury gave out the following statement:
“The Golden Bear goes to a film which has that rare and essential quality of a lasting art work. It captures on screen the very content and essence, the mind and body, the values and the raw flesh of our present moment in time. Of this very moment of human existence.
It does so by provoking the spirit of our time (i.e., zeitgeist), by slapping it, by challenging it to a duel. And while doing that, it also challenges this present moment in cinema, shaking, with the same camera movement, our social and our cinematic conventions.
It is an elaborated film as well as a wild one, clever and childish, geometrical and vibrant, imprecise in the best way. It attacks the spectator, evokes disagreement, but leaves no one with a safety distance.”
Besides Golden Bear, the jury announced other awards as follows:
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 - I 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