Berlin. February 19, 2011. Russian films failed to meet high expectations at Berlinale 2011. Innocent Saturday by Alexander Mindadze about the Chernobyl nuclear power-plant tragedy (see our previous information here) featured in the main competition program and The Target by Alexander Zeldovich at Panorama won no festival awards. Moreover, disappointed public left the halls during both screenings.
One of the German intrigues at the Berlinale, documentary Khodorkovsky by German director and producer Cyril Tuschi, who has Russian-origin, made no sensation at the Panorama section as well. Even a press leakage before the premiere that the film was stolen from Tuschi’s production premises and the film-maker was scared made little effect.
And the winners are…
Iranian film Nader and Simin, A Separation by Asghar Farhadi won the Golden Bear, the Best Actress and Best Actor Silver Bears for its ensemble of female and male casts.
It also picked up the Guild of German Art House Cinemas Ecumenical Jury Prize.
The Turin Horse by Bela Tarr (Hungary) won the Jury’s Grand Prix and FIPRESCI Prize.
Ulrich Köhler’s Sleeping Sickness (Germany) picked up the Silver Bear for the Best Director.
Paula Markovitch’s The Prize (Mexico/France/Poland/Germany) went away with two Silver Bears for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for Polish cinematographer Wojciech Staron and Mexican production designer Barbara Enriquez.
Joshua Marston’s The Forgiveness of Blood (USA) snatched The Silver Bear for Best Script.
Andres Veiel’s If Not Us, Who picked up Alfred Bauer Award for new perspectives in world cinema and the Award from the Guild German of Art House Cinemas.
The Best First Feature Special Mention went to Andrew Okpeaha MacLean’s On the Ice (USA).
A Special Mention went to John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard (UK/Ireland).