The Prizes of the International Jury

The members of the International Jury - Ildikó Enyedi, Nadav Lapid, Adina Pintilie, Mohammad Rasoulof, Gianfranco Rosi and Jasmila Žbanić - have decided on the prizes in the Competition at the 71st Berlinale.
The festive Award Ceremony will take place at the Summer Special (June 9 to 20, 2021).

Golden Bear for Best Film
(awarded to the film’s producers)

Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc (Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn)
by Radu Jude
produced by Ada Solomon

Jury statement:
“The Golden Bear goes to a film which has that rare and essential quality of a lasting art work. It captures on screen the very content and essence, the mind and body, the values and the raw flesh of our present moment in time. Of this very moment of human existence.
It does so by provoking the spirit of our time (i.e., zeitgeist), by slapping it, by challenging it to a duel. And while doing that, it also challenges this present moment in cinema, shaking, with the same camera movement, our social and our cinematic conventions.
It is an elaborated film as well as a wild one, clever and childish, geometrical and vibrant, imprecise in the best way. It attacks the spectator, evokes disagreement, but leaves no one with a safety distance.”

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize

Guzen to sozo (Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy)
by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Jury statement:
“In the place where dialogues and words usually end, the dialogues of this film only begin. That’s when they go deeper, so deep that, amazed and troubled, we ask ourselves: How much deeper can it go? The words of Hamaguchi are substance, music, material.
At first it looks almost minor: a man and a woman, sometimes two women, stand in a room with white walls. Then the scene moves forward, and as it advances you feel that the whole universe, including yourself, is standing there with them inside this simple room.”

Silver Bear Jury Prize

Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse (Mr Bachmann and His Class)
by Maria Speth

Jury statement:
“In a film, you can draw attention to deep problems by sticking your finger into the wound or showing hope and giving inspiration as how to achieve a positive change. The latter is the strategy that the director of this tenderly powerful documentary chose to follow.
Always keeping the right distance, the film focuses on one of those ‘field workers’ of our society who defines the most formative years of our children, influencing deeply their attitude towards life. As seen through the eyes of the director, this teacher is unique: he reshapes, softens, and makes more human, and through that humanity makes much more efficient a system in crisis — our European educational system.
The film shows how far you can go simply with true respect, sincere communication, and with that magic all great teachers possess: sparking the fire of passion in their students by activating their fantasy.”

Silver Bear for Best Director

Dénes Nagy for
Természetes fény (Natural Light)

Jury statement:
“Appalling and beautifully shot, mesmerising images, remarkable direction and a masterful control of every aspect of the craft of filmmaking, a narration that transcends its historical context. A portrait of war in which the observant gaze of the director reminds us again of the need to choose between passivity and taking individual responsibility.”

Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance

Maren Eggert in
Ich bin dein Mensch (I’m Your Man)
by Maria Schrader

Jury statement:
“Her presence made us curious. Her charm made us empathic. And her palette of performing qualities allowed us to feel, laugh and ask questions. Confidently bringing to life an excellent script, supported by wonderful colleagues and her director, she created a memorable character that we can identify with – leading us to think about our presence and our future, our relations and what we really want for ourselves.”

Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance

Lilla Kizlinger in
Rengeteg – mindenhol látlak (Forest – I See You Everywhere)
by Bence Fliegauf

Jury statement:
“Among the many outstanding miniature performances of Forest - I See You Everywhere we found one in particular especially strong and memorable. Lilla Kizlinger bears on her young shoulders with grace and delusive natural lightness a special responsibility. By the power of her interpretation alone, by her intensive presence, she pulls to the surface the hidden layers of the scene, actually defining the motive behind the film: the chilling menace of the world, what the children of today inherit from us grownups. Instead of telling us, explaining to us, she accomplishes the much more difficult task of raising in us the need to think about haunting, disquieting questions of our present. She enchanted us, and through enchantment, she made us think.”

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay

Hong Sangsoo for
Inteurodeoksyeon (Introduction)
by Hong Sangsoo

Jury statement:
“More than telling a story, or advancing a narration with efficiency, this script fabricates those momentary intervals between one action and another, where, for an instant, a hidden truth of human life is suddenly revealed, bright and lucid.”

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution

Yibrán Asuad for the editing of
Una película de policías (A Cop Movie)
by Alonso Ruizpalacios

Jury statement:
“The Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution goes to the masterful editing concept of a daring, innovative work of cinema which blurs the boundaries between fiction and reality and boldly explores the cinematic language’s ability to shift our perspective on the world. Playing an essential role in supporting the filmmaker’s unique vision, the montage skilfully deconstructs the multiple layers of reality and language to offer an in-depth, thought-provoking look into one of Mexico’s most controversial institutions.”

The members of the 2021 International Jury:

Mohammad Rasoulof (Iran)

One year after winning the Golden Bear at the 70th Berlinale for his film Sheytan vojud nadarad (There Is No Evil, 2020), Mohammad Rasoulof returns to the festival, this time in the International Jury. He has directed, written and produced a variety of fiction and documentary films. Goodbye (2011), Manuscripts Don’t Burn (2013) and A Man of Integrity (2017) all premiered and received awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Upon returning to Iran in September 2017, he was officially barred from leaving the country, a verdict which is still in effect. Rasoulof’s cinema had mostly relied on allegorical narratives as a mean for expression. In March 2010, Rasoulof was arrested on set while directing a project. In the first trial following the arrest, he was sentenced to six years in prison, a sentence that was later reduced to one year. He was released on bail with the sentence still being effective. He was sentenced again in 2019 to one year in prison. Despite his appeal, he has not been permitted to travel or to make films with no end time. He was unable to personally accept his Golden Bear at the Berlinale on February 29, 2020.

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Nadav Lapid (Israel)

Nadav Lapid is an Israeli film director who studied in Tel Aviv, Paris and Jerusalem. With his most recent feature film Synonymes (Synonyms), he won the Golden Bear for Best Film and the FIPRESCI Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2019. He had previously been at the Berlinale with his short films Kvish (Road) and Lama? (Why?), which were shown in Panorama in 2005 and Berlinale Shorts in 2015 respectively. Lapid’s debut feature film Policeman won the Special Jury Award at the Locarno Film Festival in 2011 and went on to win more than 20 awards internationally. His second feature The Kindergarten Teacher premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, screened at various other festivals in Vienna, Chicago, London, Busan or Warsaw and was later remade in the US, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal. Lapid is a recipient of the French Order Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and has already been a jury member in Venice, Locarno and at the Semaine de la critique in Cannes. His latest feature film Ahed’s Knee is currently in post-production.

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Adina Pintilie (Romania)

Adina Pintilie is a Romanian filmmaker, visual artist and curator. Her first feature film Touch Me Not won the Golden Bear for Best Film and the GWFF Best First Feature Award at the 2018 Berlinale. It was also nominated for the European Film Award and has been distributed in over 40 territories, as well as being screened in major festivals and institutions such as Toronto, Karlovy Vary, BFI London, MoMA New York and Viennale. Pintilie’s short- and medium-length works have also had impressive festival runs. Don’t Get Me Wrong premiered at the Locarno Film Festival 2007 and won the Golden Dove for Best Documentary at DOK Leipzig in 2007, while Oxygen premiered in the 2010 Rotterdam competition. Additionally, Adina Pintilie served as a jury member at festivals and industry events such as Karlovy Vary, Goteborg Film Festival, Torino Filmlab and IDFA. She also holds masterclasses and lectures at many institutions and events such as Berlinale Talents and Academy of Media Arts Cologne.

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Ildikó Enyedi (Hungary)

The award winning and Oscar nominated Hungarian film director Ildikó Enyedi returns to the International Jury of the Berlinale, where she already served as a member in 1992. Starting out as a concept and media artist, she eventually turned to filmmaking. Over the decades, she has written and directed a variety of short and feature films as well as episodes of TV series. Her film Testről és lélekről (On Body and Soul, 2017) won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale and was nominated not only for the Academy Awards, but also for numerous European Film Awards, winning Best Actress for Alexandra Borbély. Enyedi’s first feature film My 20th Century (1989) was chosen as one of the twelve best Hungarian films of all time and selected among the ten best films of the year by “The New York Times” as well as winning the Caméra d’Or in Cannes. She has also been invited to juries at festivals in Venice, Moscow or San Sebastián, served as president of the Hungarian Directors’ Guild and is a member of both the European Film Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Ildikó Enyedi is currently working on her latest feature film The Story of My Wife.

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Gianfranco Rosi (Italy)

Gianfranco Rosi is an Italian documentary filmmaker, who studied at the New York University Film School. He is the only director ever to win two of the three major European film festivals with documentaries. In 2016, he received the Golden Bear for Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. The film was not only the first documentary ever selected by Italy to represent the country for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, but also nominated there as Best Documentary Feature. Additionally, it won the European Film Award. In 2013, Rosi was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice for Sacro GRA. He once again returned to the festival in 2020 with his latest film Notturno, which was chosen as Italian entry for International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards. His other works include the films Boatman (1993), which screened at Sundance, Locarno, Toronto and the IDFA, Below Sea Level (2008), which was nominated for the European Film Award, and El Sicario, Room 164 (2010) (FIPRESCI Award - Venice).

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Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Bosnian film maker Jasmila Žbanić has been a regular guest at the Berlin International Film Festival, this time returning as a member of the International Jury. Her first feature film Grbavica won the 2006 Berlinale Golden Bear as well as the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Peace Film Award. It went on to win awards at many other festivals (among them the AFI Festival in Los Angeles) and was nominated for two European Film Awards. Žbanić returned to the Berlinale Competition four years later with Na putu (On The Path, 2010), which also received a nomination at the European Film Awards. Her third feature film, For Those Who Can Tell No Tales, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013. Most recently, Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020) also screened in Toronto as well as many other festivals. The film is nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and was chosen by Bosnia and Herzegovina as their submission for Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards in 2021. Žbanić also directed the comedy Love Island (2014), which premiered in Locarno, and the documentary One Day in Sarajevo (2014).

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