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Press Releases 2016


Feb 19, 2016:
Berlinale 2016: Crystal Bears and the Awards by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) in Generation 14plus

Es esmu šeit, Las plantas, Balcony, Kroppen är en ensam plats

The members of the Youth Jury Generation 14plus - Vincent Edusei, Emilia Forck, Mira Leskien, Carlotta Saumweber, Tim Schiffer, Esther Siebelitz - give the following awards:

Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Es esmu šeit (Mellow Mud)
by Renārs Vimba, Latvia 2016
We were particularly impressed by a film that managed to create powerful and expressive images in spite of its spare dialogue and understated performances. Thanks to a convincing portrayal of the female protagonist, we were able to accompany her on a journey that movingly depicted the search for personal self-determination, strength and responsibility. In an inspirational fashion, this film production captures the decisive process of personal growth experienced by young people on their way to becoming adults.

Special Mention: Las plantas (Plants)
by Roberto Doveris, Chile 2015
Mindful observation and pause for reflection.With unflinching directness tempered by tenderness, this film depicts a young woman in all her vulnerability, in her feeling out her own way towards sexual expression and in her loneliness. This many-layered production, in which everyday moments of both surrealism and authenticity partake in a fascinating interaction, not only managed to impress us from an artistic point of view – indeed, above all it touched us on a personal level and turned our attention inwards.

Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film: Balcony
by Toby Fell-Holden, Great Britain 2015
In an ostensibly classic tale of a friendship between two girls who come from different cultures, this film succeeds in astounding the viewer through its sophisticated dramaturgy. The story holds a mirror up to a society still plagued by persistent clichés, a mirror that in the end also forces the audience to face their own prejudices. Provocative and full of strong imagery, this production also manages at the same time to make our current challenges clear.

Special Mention Short Film: Kroppen är en ensam plats (The Body Is a Lonely Place)
by Ida Lindgren, Sweden 2016
Through the combination of aesthetically pleasing and at the same time off-putting images with an intimate text collage representing multiple perspectives, the elements of this film join in a fascinating manner to form an experimental whole that gives expression to the emotions present for individuals struggling with eating disorders. This exploration of a subject of such great importance impressed us immensely with its poetic approach.

Las plantas, Zhaleika, O noapte in Tokoriki, Kroppen är en ensam plats

The members of the new Generation 14plus International Jury - Sam de Jong, Petros Silvestros, Liz Watts - give the following awards:

The Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education): Las plantas (Plants)
by Roberto Doveris, Chile 2015
We were strongly pulled towards a movie that sank into our subconscious. The director managed in a profound and extremely cinematic way to convey the sexual awakening of a young woman against a background of family under duress. The central performance is at once strikingly brave and also wonderfully vulnerable. The whole film announces a filmmaker not afraid of extending the boundaries of cinematic language and storytelling. This film is an unforgettable sui generis.

Special Mention: Zhaleika
by Eliza Petkova, Germany 2016
We were moved by this smart allegory about shifting cultural changes and the collision of new and old values in small town Europe. With a great eye for detail, the naturalism of this film combined with a compelling story of a young woman searching for her own place in the world, and her achievement of that freedom, is brilliantly executed both in performance and direction.

Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Short Film, endowed with € 2,500 by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education): O noapte in Tokoriki (A Night in Tokoriki)
by Roxana Stroe, Romania 2016
For its idiosyncratic tone of voice and superb craft and storytelling, this film manages to playfully depict a heartfelt but urgent message. With humorous mise-en-scene, no dialogue and an ironic use of music the film tells a brilliantly engaging story about unacceptable love in rural Europe and its repercussions.

Special Mention: Kroppen är en ensam plats (The Body Is a Lonely Place)
by Ida Lindgren, Sweden 2016
We were all struck by a unique piece of cinema that described a complex condition in a completely original form. Using a beautiful palette of colours, and brilliant writing in the form of voice over, with a bold and innovative point of view, this short manages to describe in a visceral and emotionally disturbing way a young woman's struggle with an eating disorder.

Award ceremony and screening of the winning film tonight at 7.30 p.m. at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Cinema 1.

Press Office
February 19, 2016

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