65th Berlin International Film Festival

The 65th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 5 to 15 February 2015, with American film director Darren Aronofsky as the President of the Jury.[2][3] German film director Wim Wenders was presented with the Honorary Golden Bear.[4] The first seven films of the festival were announced on 15 December 2014.[5] Isabel Coixet's Nobody Wants the Night was announced as the opening film.[6]

65th Berlin International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmNobody Wants the Night
Closing filmTaxi
LocationBerlin, Germany
AwardsGolden Bear (Taxi)
Hosted byAnke Engelke[1]
Festival date5–15 February 2015

The Iranian drama film Taxi, directed by Jafar Panahi, won the Golden Bear, which also served as the closing film of the festival.[7][8]

For the first time in 2015, a "Berlin Critics' Week" ran parallel to the official festival. Similar to International Critics' Week at the Cannes festival, Berlin Critics' Week (alternatively referred to as "Critics' Week Berlin") is a sidebar run by the German Film Critics Association and screens arthouse films.[9][10][11][12]


Main Competition

The following people were on the jury for the festival:[13]

First Feature

The following people were on the jury for the Best First Feature:[14]

In competition

The following films were selected for the main competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards:[5][15][16]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
45 Years45 YearsAndrew HaighUnited Kingdom
Aferim!Radu JudeRomania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic
As We Were DreamingAls wir träumtenAndreas DresenGermany, France
Big Father, Small Father and Other StoriesCha và con vàDang Di PhanVietnam
BodyCiałoMałgorzata SzumowskaPoland
Chasuke's Journey天の茶助 Ten no ChasukeSabuJapan
Diary of a ChambermaidJournal d'une femme de chambreBenoît JacquotBelgium, France
Eisenstein in GuanajuatoEisenstein in GuanajuatoPeter GreenawayNetherlands, Mexico, Belgium, Finland
Gone with the Bullets一步之遥 Yi bu zhi yaoJiang WenChina
IxcanulIxcanulJayro BustamanteGuatemala, France
Knight of CupsKnight of CupsTerrence MalickUnited States
Nobody Wants the NightNadie quiere la nocheIsabel CoixetSpain, France, Bulgaria
Queen of the DesertQueen of the DesertWerner HerzogUnited States, Morocco
Sworn VirginVergine giurataLaura BispuriItaly, Switzerland, Germany, Albania, Kosovo
TaxiتاکسیJafar PanahiIran
The ClubEl ClubPablo LarraínChile
The Pearl ButtonEl botón de nácarPatricio GuzmánFrance, Chile, Spain
Under Electric CloudsПод электрическими облаками Pod electricheskimi oblakamiAleksei Alekseivich GermanRussia, Ukraine, Poland
VictoriaVictoriaSebastian SchipperGermany

Out of competition

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
13 MinutesElserOliver HirschbiegelGermany
CinderellaCinderellaKenneth BranaghUnited States
Every Thing Will Be FineWim WendersGermany, Canada, France, Sweden, Norway
Mr. HolmesMr. HolmesBill CondonUnited Kingdom, United States


The following films were selected for the Panorama section:[17][18]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
54 (director's cut)54Mark ChristopherUnited States
600 Miles600 MillasGabriel RipsteinMexico
AbsenceAusênciaChico TeixeiraBrazil, Chile, France
AngelicaAngelicaMitchell LichtensteinUnited States
BizarreBizarreÉtienne FaureFrance, United States
Blue BloodSangue azulLírio FerreiraBrazil
The Blue HourOnthakanAnucha BoonyawatanaThailand
ButterflyMariposaMarco BergerArgentina
ChorusChorus François DelisleCanada
Dora or the Sexual Neuroses of Our ParentsDora oder Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer ElternStina WerenfelsSwitzerland, Germany
Dyke HardDyke HardBitte AnderssonSweden
The FireEl incendioJuan SchnitmanArgentina
How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)Josh KimThailand, United States, Indonesia
I Am MichaelI Am MichaelJustin KellyUnited States
The Last Summer of the RichDer letzte Sommer der ReichenPeter KernAustria
Love, Theft and Other EntanglementsAl-Hob wa Al-Sariqa wa Mashakel Ukhra الحب والسرقة ومشاكل أخرى Muayad AlayanPalestine
A Minor Leap DownParidan az Ertefa KamHamed RajabiIran, France
Murder in PacotMeurtre à PacotRaoul PeckFrance, Haiti, Norway
Nasty BabyNasty BabySebastián SilvaUnited States
Necktie YouthNecktie YouthSibs Shongwe-La MerSouth Africa
Ned RifleNed RifleHal HartleyUnited States
Ode to My FatherGukjesijangYoon Je-kyoonSouth Korea
Out of My HandOut of My HandTakeshi Fukunaga (福永壮志)United States
Out of NatureMot naturenOle Giæver, Marte VoldNorway
Paradise in Service軍中樂園 Jun Zhong Le YuanDoze NiuTaiwan
Petting ZooPetting ZooMicah MageeGermany, Greece, United States
Pioneer HeroesPionery-geroiNatalia KudryashovaRussia
The Sea Is BehindAl bahr min ouaraikoum البحر من ورائكمHisham LasriMorocco
The Second MotherQue Horas Ela Volta?Anna MuylaertBrazil
Stories of Our LivesStories of Our LivesJim ChuchuKenya
The Summer of SangailėSangailėAlanté KavaïtéLithuania, France, Netherlands
Thanatos, Drunk醉·生夢死 Zui Sheng Meng SiChang Tso-ChiTaiwan
Tough LoveHärteRosa von PraunheimGermany
Why Me?De ce eu?Tudor GiurgiuRomania, Bulgaria, Hungary

Berlinale Special

The following films were selected for the Berlinale Special section:[19][20]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Are You HereAre You HereMatthew WeinerUnited States
BloodlineBloodlineTodd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn KesslerUnited States
La BohèmeBreathe UmphefumloMark Dornford-MaySouth Africa
Fifty Shades of GreyFifty Shades of GreySam Taylor-JohnsonUnited States
Greenery Will Bloom AgainTorneranno i pratiErmanno OlmiItaly
LifeLifeAnton CorbijnUnited Kingdom, Canada
The Look of SilenceThe Look of SilenceJoshua OppenheimerDenmark, Norway, Finland, United Kingdom, Indonesia
Love and MercyLove and MercyBill PohladUnited States
The Misplaced WorldDie abhandene Welt Margarethe von TrottaGermany
SelmaSelmaAva DuVernayUnited Kingdom, United States
The Seventh FireThe Seventh FireJack Pettibone RiccobonoUnited States
Virgin MountainFúsiDagur KáriIceland, Denmark
Woman in GoldWoman in GoldSimon CurtisUnited Kingdom, United States

Berlinale Classics

The following films were selected to be screened in the Berlinale Classics section:[21]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country and year
Born in '45Jahrgang 45Jürgen BöttcherEast Germany (1966)
The Cat Has Nine LivesNeun Leben hat die KatzeUla StöcklWest Germany (1968)
GoldfingerGoldfingerGuy HamiltonUnited Kingdom (1964)
In Cold BloodIn Cold BloodRichard BrooksUnited States (1967)
VarietyVarietéEwald André DupontGermany (1925)


The following prizes were awarded:[7]

Festival appearance

The festival poster was designed by BOROS agency, who made the previous four posters of the festival. Festival director Dieter Kosslick described the poster as "the glamorous and suspense-packed second that precedes every cinema experience is when the curtain opens to reveal the screen. This year's poster motif aims to stir anticipation for that magical moment".[28]


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