Berlinale 2014: Linklater, 'Grand Budapest', 'Black Coal Thin Ice' Win

February 15, 2014

Berlinale 2014

As another film festival comes to an end, it's time to celebrate and commemorate with the announcement of the awards. The 64th Berlin Film Festival just ended (my own mini recap here), and the winners were announced at the Closing Ceremony, including the winner of the coveted Golden Bear for Best Film. That top prize was given to a Chinese film titled Black Coal, Thin Ice, starring Liao Fan and directed by Diao Yinan. Among the winners were Richard Linklater, who picked up a prize for Best Director of Boyhood, as well as Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel winning the Grand Jury Silver Bear prize. More below.

Here are the top awards at the 64th Berlin Film Festival. For the full list including shorts visit

Golden Bear for Best Film
Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai Ri Yan Huo), directed by Diao Yinan

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson

Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for a feature film that opens new perspectives
Life of Riley (Aimer, boire et chanter), by Alain Resnais

Silver Bear for Best Director
Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Silver Bear for Best Actress
Haru Kuroki in The Little House (Chiisai Ouchi), directed by Yoji Yamada

Silver Bear for Best Actor
Liao Fan in Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai Ri Yan Huo), directed by Diao Yinan

Silver Bear for Best Script
Dietrich Brüggemann, Anna Brüggemann for Stations of the Cross (Kreuzweg), directed by Dietrich Brüggemann

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution
Zeng Jian for the camera in Blind Massage (Tui Na), directed by Lou Ye

Best First Feature Award endowed with €50,000, funded by GWFF
Güeros, directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios

Richard Linklater with the Silver Bear at Berlinale


Panorama Audience Award for a Fiction Film
Difret, directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

Panorama Audience Award for a Documentary Film
The Circle (Der Kreis), directed by Stefan Haupt

Berliner Morgenpost Readers' Jury Award
Boyhood, directed by by Richard Linklater

Tagesspiegel Readers' Jury Award
Velvet Terrorists (Zamatoví teroristi), directed by Pavol Pekarčík, Ivan Ostrochovský, Peter Kerekes

Else - Siegessäule Readers' Jury Award
52 Tuesdays, directed by Sophie Hyde

That puts a final cap on the 64th Berlin Film Festival, wrapping up 10 days of cinema in Germany, as well as our own coverage here on FirstShowing. Berlinale is another prominent film festival taking place early every year, showcasing fantastic films from all over the world. Richard Linklater's Boyhood, a project 12 years in the making chronicling a young boy growing up in Texas, first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (my review). Diao Yinan's Black Coal Thin Ice received solid reviews, and I heard lots of praise for the film 52 Tuesdays, not to mention Grand Budapest Hotel. Plenty of great films this year, many more that weren't named, but congrats to all of this year's winners. Watch out for these films and others at film festivals soon.

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+1 for Chinese Cinema.

DAVIDPD on Feb 15, 2014


hm not sure if that is a 'solid" review for "Black Coal Thin Ice " as the reviewer for ScreenDaily is not thrilled with the film itself . Just its background nd how the scenes are fit to it ... Another movie where the scenery is better than the execution of its plot . I may look for it OnDemand tho ....

Dominic on Feb 17, 2014


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