69th Berlin International Film Festival

The 69th annual Berlin International Film Festival took place from 7 to 17 February 2019.[1] French actress Juliette Binoche served as the Jury President. Lone Scherfig's drama film The Kindness of Strangers opened the festival.[2] The Golden Bear was won by Israeli-French drama Synonyms directed by Nadav Lapid, which also served as the closing film of the festival.[3]

69th Berlin International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmThe Kindness of Strangers
Closing filmSynonyms
LocationBerlin, Germany
Founded1951
AwardsGolden Bear (Synonyms)
Festival date7–17 February 2019
Websitehttp://www.berlinale.de

Jury

Main competition

The following were on the jury for the Berlinale Competition section:[4][5]

First Feature

The following people were on the jury for the Best First Feature Award:[6]

Short Film

The following people were on the jury for the Berlinale Shorts section:[7]

  • Jeffrey Bowers, American curator
  • Vanja Kaludjercic, Croatian programmer
  • Koyo Kouoh, Cameroonian author and curator

In competition

The following films were selected for the main competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards:[8][9][10]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
By the Grace of GodGrâce à dieuFrançois OzonFrance
Elisa & Marcela*Elisa y MarcelaIsabel CoixetSpain
Ghost Town AnthologyRépertoire des villes disparuesDenis CôtéCanada
God Exists, Her Name Is PetrunijaGospod postoi, imeto i' e PetrunijaTeona Strugar MitevskaBelgium, Croatia, France, Macedonia, Slovenia
The Golden GloveDer Goldene HandschuhFatih AkinFrance, Germany
The Ground Beneath My Feet*Der Boden unter den FüßenMarie KreutzerAustria
The Kindness of StrangersLone ScherfigCanada, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States
I Was at Home, ButIch war zuhause, aberAngela SchanelecGermany, Serbia
Mr. JonesAgnieszka HollandPoland, Ukraine, United Kingdom
ÖndögWang Quan'anChina
Out Stealing HorsesUt og stjæle hesterHans Petter MolandDenmark, Norway, Sweden
PiranhasLa paranza dei bambiniClaudio GiovannesiItaly
So Long, My SonDi jiu tian changWang XiaoshuaiChina
Synonyms*SynonymesNadav LapidFrance, Germany, Israel
System CrasherSystemsprengerNora FingscheidtGermany
A Tale of Three SistersKız KardeşlerEmin AlperGermany, Greece, Netherlands, Turkey

Out of competition

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:[10]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Amazing GraceAlan ElliottUnited States
Farewell to the NightL'adieu à la nuitAndré TéchinéFrance, Germany
MarighellaWagner MouraBrazil
The OperativeYuval AdlerFrance, Germany, Israel, United States
Varda by AgnèsVarda par AgnèsAgnès VardaFrance
ViceAdam McKayUnited States

Panorama

The following films were selected for the Panorama section:[11][12]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
37 Seconds37秒 (37-Byō)HikariJapan
Acid*КислотаAlexander GorchilinRussia
All My LovingGeschwisterEdward BergerGermany
The BreathDer AtemUli M SchueppelGermany
Brief Story from the Green Planet*Breve historia del planeta verdeSantiago LozaArgentina, Brazil, Germany, Spain
BuoyancyRodd RathjenAustralia
Chainedעינויים שלי (Eynayim Sheli)Yaron ShaniGermany, Israel
DafneFederico BondiItaly
The Day After I'm Goneהיום שאחרי לאחתNimrod EldarIsrael
Divine LoveDivino AmorGabriel MascaroBrazil, Chile, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Uruguay
A Dog Barking at the Moon*再见南屏晚钟Xiang ZiChina, Spain
Family Members*Los miembros de la familiaMateo BendeskyArgentina
FlatlandJenna BassGermany, Luxembourg, South Africa
Flesh OutMichela OcchipintiItaly
Greta*Armando PraçaBrazil
HellholeBas DevosBelgium, Netherlands
Holy Beasts*La fiera y la fiestaLaura Amelia GuzmánArgentina, Dominican Republic, Mexico
IdolWoo SangLee Su-jinSouth Korea
Jessica ForeverCaroline Poggi, Jonathan VinelFrance
Light of My LifeCasey AffleckUnited States
Mid90sJonah HillUnited States
Midnight TravelerHassan Fazili and Emelie MahdavianCanada, Qatar, United Kingdom, United States
The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea*To thávma tis thálassas ton SargassónSyllas TzoumerkasGermany, Greece, Netherlands, Sweden
Monos*Alejandro LandesArgentina, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Uruguay
O Beautiful NightDoch wir lächeln zurückXaver XylophonGermany
The Shadow Play风中有朵雨做的云Lou YeChina
SkinGuy NattivUnited States
The SouvenirJoanna HoggUnited Kingdom, United States
Staff OnlyNeus BallúsFrance, Spain
StitchesŠavoviMiroslav TerzićBosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia
Tremors*TembloresJayro BustamanteFrance, Guatemala, Luxembourg

Panorama Dokumente

The following films were selected for the Panorama Dokumente section:[11]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Beauty and Decay*Schönheit & VergänglichkeitAnnekatrin HendelGermany
A Dog Called MoneySeamus MurphyIreland, United Kingdom
Lemebel*Joanna Reposi GaribaldiChile, Colombia
Normal*Adele TulliItaly, Sweden
On the Starting LineLa ArrancadaAldemar MatiasBrazil, Cuba, France
Searching Eva*Pia HellenthalGermany
Selfie Agostino FerrenteFrance, Italy
SerendipityPrune NourryUnited States
Shooting the MafiaKim LonginottoIreland, United Kingdom
System KSystème KRenaud BarretFrance
Talking About TreesSuhaib GasmelbariChad, France, Germany, Qatar, Sudan
Waiting for the CarnivalEstou Me Guardando Para Quando O Carnaval ChegarMarcelo GomesBrazil
Western ArabsOmar ShargawiDenmark, Netherlands
What She Said: The Art of Pauline KaelRob GarverUnited States

Berlinale Special

The following films were selected for the Berlinale Special section:[8][9][10]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Anthropocene: The Human EpochJennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward BurtynskyCanada
The Boy Who Harnessed the WindChiwetel EjioforUnited Kingdom
BrechtHeinrich BreloerAustria, Germany
The NorthEl NorteGregory NavaUnited Kingdom, United States
Gully BoyZoya AkhtarIndia
It Could Have Been Worse – Mario AdorfEs hätte schlimmer kommen können – Mario AdorfDominik WesselyGermany
Kids in the SpotlightLampenfieberAlice AgneskirchnerGermany
Peter Lindbergh – Women StoriesJean Michel VecchietGermany
PhotographRitesh BatraGermany, India, United States
WatergateCharles FergusonUnited States
Who You Think I AmCelle que vous croyezSafy NebbouFrance
You Only Live Once – Die Toten Hosen on TourWeil du nur einmal lebst – Die Toten Hosen auf TourCordula Kablitz-PostGermany

Key

* LGBTQ feature; eligible for the Teddy Award

Awards

The following prizes were awarded:[13][14][15]

References

  1. "33. TEDDY AWARD - SAVE THE DATE". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  2. Roxborough, Scott (6 December 2018). "Lone Scherfig's 'The Kindness of Strangers' to Open 2019 Berlin Film Festival". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  3. "Berlin Film Festival 2019: Nadav Lapid's 'Synonyms' Wins Golden Bear". Variety. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  4. Sharf, Zack (11 December 2018). "Juliette Binoche to Serve as Jury President of 2019 Berlin Film Festival". IndieWire. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  5. Roxborough, Scott (29 January 2019). "Berlin Film Festival Unveils Competition Jury". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  6. "Juliette Binoche's Berlinale jury members are all present and correct". 29 January 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  7. "INTERNATIONALE KURZFILMJURY (INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM JURY)". 21 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  8. Parfitt, Orlando (13 December 2018). "Fatih Akin, François Ozon films among first Berlin Competition titles". Screen International. Media Business Insight. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  9. "COMPETITION AND BERLINALE SPECIAL: AGNÈS VARDA, AGNIESZKA HOLLAND, HANS PETTER MOLAND, ISABEL COIXET AND WANG QUAN'AN IN THE COMPETITION PROGRAMME / FEATURE FILM DEBUT OF CHIWETEL EJIOFOR IN THE BERLINALE SPECIAL". 10 January 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  10. "SELECTION FOR COMPETITION AND BERLINALE SPECIAL COMPLETED". 17 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  11. "PANORAMA 2019, FIRST HALF OF THE PROGRAM IS SCHEDULED: JOANNA HOGG, JENNA BASS, JONAH HILL, SYLLAS TZOUMERKAS AND PJ HARVEY IN THE PROGRAM". 18 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  12. "PANORAMA 2019: BREAKING FREE". 21 January 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  13. "PRIZES OF THE INDEPENDENT JURIES". Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  14. "BERLINALE 2019: THE PANORAMA AUDIENCE AWARDS GO TO 37 SECONDS AND TALKING ABOUT TREES". 16 February 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  15. "AWARDS AND JURIES IN THE GENERATION SECTION". Retrieved 16 February 2019.
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