Berlinale 2015 Awards: Jafar Panahi's 'Taxi' Wins the Golden Bear
As another film festival comes to an end, it's time to celebrate and commemorate with the announcement of the awards. The 65th 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 film called Taxi, directed by and starring Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who drives around Iran in a taxi picking up various passengers. Everyone I talked to who saw it loved it, and so did the jury, lead by Darren Aronofsky. Another fest favorite, Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín's subversive and harrowing new film El Club, picked up the Silver Bear runner-up prize. View the list of winners below.
Here are the top awards at the 65th Berlin Film Festival. For the full list including shorts visit Berlinale.de
Golden Bear for Best Film
Taxi, directed by Jafar Panahi
Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
El Club (The Club), directed by Pablo Larraín
Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for a feature film that opens new perspectives
Ixcanul Volcano, directed by Jayro Bustamante
Silver Bear for Best Director
Radu Jude for Aferim!
+ Małgorzata Szumowska for Body
Silver Bear for Best Actress
Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years, directed by Andrew Haigh
Silver Bear for Best Actor
Tom Courtenay in 45 Years, directed by Andrew Haigh
Silver Bear for Best Script
Patricio Guzmán for El botón de nácar (The Pearl Button), directed by Patricio Guzmán
Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen for the camera in Victoria, directed by Sebastian Schipper
+ Evgeniy Privin & Sergey Mikhalchuk for the camera in Under Electric Clouds, directed by Alexey German Jr.
Best First Feature Award endowed with €50,000, funded by GWFF
600 Miles, directed by Gabriel Ripstein
READERS' JURIES AND AUDIENCE AWARDS:
Panorama Audience Award for a Fiction Film
Que Horas Ela Volta? (The Second Mother), directed by Anna Muylaert
Panorama Audience Award for a Documentary Film
Tell Spring Not to Come This Year, directed by Saeed Taji Farouky & Michael McEvoy
Berliner Morgenpost Readers' Jury Award
Victoria, directed by by Sebastian Schipper
Tagesspiegel Readers' Jury Award
Flotel Europa, directed by Vladimir Tomic
Else - Siegessäule Readers' Jury Award
Zui Sheng Meng Si (Thanatos, Drunk), directed by Chang Tso-Chi
That puts a final cap on the 65th 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. The 2015 jury included: Darren Aronofsky (President), Daniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha De Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou and Matthew Weiner. I was lucky to catch both Taxi and El Club and I agree that they deserved these wins. Plenty of great films this year (my own list of favorites here), many more that weren't named (like Micah Magee's Petting Zoo), but congrats to all of this year's winners. Watch out for these films and others at film festivals soon.
I really dig that premise for TAXI. Will be looking forward to catching it...someday.
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