Berlinale Shorts | Awards

Mar 04, 2021
The Award Winners of Berlinale Shorts 2021

20 films competed in this year’s short film competition of the Berlinale.

The International Short Film Jury, including the Egyptian artist Basim Magdy, the Austrian cinematographer Christine A. Maier and the German actor Sebastian Urzendowsky, announces the prizes for the following films:

Golden Bear for Best Short Film

Nanu Tudor (My Uncle Tudor)
by Olga Lucovnicova
Documentary form / Belgium, Portugal, Hungary

Jury statement:
“In Nanu Tudor (My Uncle Tudor), Olga Lucovnicova leads us through the complexity of unraveling a childhood trauma. While intimate details gradually introduce us to a seemingly idyllic world of innocent nostalgia, her conversation with her Uncle Tudor builds up to expose her childhood horror and his unrepentant denial. Lucovnicova’s subtle cinematic gaze circles around her family members with precision. Her personal courage combined with cinematic mastery create a film that is both powerful and emotionally layered.”

Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film)

Xia Wu Guo Qu Le Yi Ban (Day Is Done)
by Zhang Dalei
Fiction / People’s Republic of China

Jury statement:
“A family visit turns into a slow-paced loving farewell between a grandfather and his grandson. The intricately woven family dynamics and superb acting immerse us in a genuine moment in their lives. The superbly crafted mise-en-scène feels natural and unobtrusive. In Xia Wu Guo Qu Le Yi Ban (Day Is Done), Zhang Dalei’s rich cinematic language builds a sensitive family portrait that transcends the duration of the short form.”

Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards

Easter Eggs
by Nicolas Keppens
Animation / Belgium, France, Netherlands

The awarding of prizes to a documentary, a fiction film and an animation reflects the breadth of the Berlinale Shorts’ film selection.

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March 4, 2021