The public has cast its votes: the 18th Panorama Audience Awards – presented by the Berlinale Panorama section in collaboration with radioeins, Berlin-Brandenburg’s public radio and television station (rbb), go to Junction 48 by Udi Aloni for best fiction film and Who's Gonna Love Me Now? by Tomer and Barak Heymann for best documentary.
Udi Aloni may be called a loyal friend of the Berlinale – since 2003 he has presented all of his films at the festival. Junction 48 was the sixth production to premiere in the Panorama section. For Tomer Heymann it is the second Panorama Audience Award – his film Paper Dolls won in 2006. This time he shares the award: Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? was co-directed by the brothers Tomer and Barak Heymann.
In both the fiction and documentary categories, the winning films took the lead relatively early on and were able to hold this position until all votes were counted.
The official award ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 21, at 5.00 pm in CinemaxX 7 at Potsdamer Platz. The awards will be presented by Panorama curator Wieland Speck and radioeins programme manager Robert Skuppin. Radioeins film expert Knut Elstermann will host the event. Directly after the ceremony, the Panorama Dokumente winner will be shown. The winning fiction film will be screened at 8.00 pm, also in CinemaxX 7.
The Panorama Audience Award has been given since 1999. Since 2011, not only the best fiction film but also the best documentary film have received awards. During the festival, moviegoers are asked to rate the films shown in Panorama on voting cards after the screenings. In 2016 a total of 30.000 votes were cast and counted.
This year Panorama presented 51 feature-length films from 33 countries, of which 17 screened in the Panorama Dokumente series.
Panorama Audience Award Winner Fiction Film 2016:
Israel / Germany / USA 2016
By Udi Aloni
2nd place Panorama Audience Award Fiction Film 2016
Grüße aus Fukushima (Fukushima, mon Amour)
By Doris Dörrie
3rd place Panorama Audience Award Fiction Film 2016
Shepherds and Butchers
South Africa / USA / Germany 2016
By Oliver Schmitz
Panorama Audience Award Winner Panorama Dokumente 2016:
Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?
Israel / Great Britain 2016
By Tomer & Barak Heymann
2nd place Panorama Audience Award Panorama Dokumente 2016
Strike A Pose
Netherlands / Belgium 2016
By Reijer Zwaan, Ester Gold
3rd place Panorama Audience Award Panorama Dokumente 2016
Republic of Korea (South Korea) 2016
By Lee Dong-ha
February 20, 2016