Berlin Film Festival 2023: the French documentary Sur l’Adamant wins the Golden Bear

In a surprising, but less political than expected palmares as often happens at the Berlin Film Festival, it was a French documentary that took home the golden bear: Sur l’Adamant by Nicolas Philibert.

After ten days of screenings, almost 300 titles shown in total in a city, Berlin, hungry for cinema, as evidenced by the halls full of the hundreds of thousands of people who crowded them. A vintage’s awards ceremony was held Berlin Film Festivalthe 73rd, directed for the third time by the Italian Carlo Chatrian and who presented a rather disappointing average level.

The jury therefore decided, under the presidency of Kristen Stewartwho said how all the jurors have always seen the films together, given that “seeing them together gives you growing physical energy, it’s important. It’s not like there were who knows what side discussions, since we were always together. The work it was finding what reflected all of us not the best. They are people I would like to learn from, they have come away with a lot of things that I will take with me.”

Stewart was joined by the actress Golshifteh Farahaniby the director Radu Judeby the casting director Francine Maislerby the German director Valeska Grisebachfrom the winner of the last Golden Bear for Alcaras, Carla Simon, and by the legendary master of Hong Kong, Johnnie To

Here are the prizes awarded this year:

  • Golden Bear for Best Film: On the Adamant Of Nicholas Philibert
  • Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize: Roter Himmel at Christian Petzold
  • Silver Bear Jury Prize: Mal viver Of João Canijo
  • Silver Bear for Best Director: Philippe Garrel per The Big Cart
  • Silver Bear for Best Performance: Sofia Otero per 20.000 Species of Bees
  • Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance: Thea honor in Until the end of the night
  • Silver Bear for Best Screenplay: Angela Schanelec per Music
  • Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution: for photography Of Helene Louvart in Disco Boy by Giacomo Abbruzzese

Encounters section

Best Film: Here by Bas Devos
Best Director: El Echo Of Tatiana Egg
Special Jury Prize: Orlando, ma biographie politique by Paul B. Preciado e Samsara by Lois Patino

Award for Best Debut Film: The Klezmer Project di Leandro Koch and Paloma Schachmann

Award for best documentary: El Echo Of Tatiana Egg

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