The Berlin International Film Festival has wrapped up for another year with the big awards handed out last night. Meryl Streep led this year’s jury which handed over the top award of the Golden Bear to Gianfranco Rosi’s refugee documentary “Fire At Sea”.
That film explores the journey undertaken by immigrants from Africa, the Middle East and Asia as they risk their lives to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa – with ultimately the hope of making it to mainland Europe. It beat out the likes of Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special,” Vincent Perez’s “Alone in Berlin,” and Michael Grandage’s “Genius”.
The Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to Danis Tanovic’s Bosnian drama “Death in Sarajevo” which follows a staff and guests of a hotel hosting an international diplomatic delegation. The Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize went to Lav Diaz’s eight-hour Filipino drama film “A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery”.
Other top awards included Mia Hansen-Love winning best director for “Things to Come,” Tomasz Wasilewski scoring best script for “United States Of Love,” Majd Mastoura taking best actor for Mohamed Ben Attia’s Tunisian drama “Inhebbek Hedi” which also won a best first feature award, and Trine Dyrholm scoring best actress for Tomas Vinterberg’s “The Commune”.