When Berlin speaks Chinese

Thriller Black Coal, Thin Ice clinched the award beating favourites like Boyhood

When Berlin speaks Chinese
So, at the awards night, Berlinale 2014 spoke Chinese. The Golden Bear for the Best Film went to the Chinese detective thriller Black Coal, Thin Ice. Hot favourites like Boyhood by Richard Linklater and the much appreciated German film Stations of the Cross had to remain content with Silver Bears. The beautiful Macondo and the powerful Jack did not make it to the awards. Silver Bear for the Best Actor also went to Liao Fan for his performance in Black Coal, Thin Ice. Cameraman Zeng Jian won the Silver Bear for the Best Cinematography for his work in another Chinese film Blind Massage.

On a comparatively warm evening devoid of snow or showers, the awards night red carpet was illuminated by the international celebrities including the Jury, Richard Linklater and Yoji Yamada.

Wes Anderson’s visual fairy tale The Grand Budapest Hotel was awarded the Grand Jury Prize. Richard Linklater was conferred the Best Director award. The Indian film Qilla (Fort) directed by young Avinash Arun won the Crystal Bear in the Generation K Plus category. The Grand prix by the International Jury in this category with a cash endowment of ¤7,500 went to Natural Sciences by Matias Lucchesi. Qilla could win only a special mention.

Alain Resnais, the veteran French director was awarded the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for a feature film that opens new perspectives for his innovative filmed theatre Life of Riley. Sensitive performance in Japanese veteran Yoji Yamada’s The Little House as Taki brought the Best Acress award for Haru Kuroki.

Best First Feature Award with a cash endowment of ¤50,000 was given to Gueros directed by Alonso Ruispalacios. The ¤6,000 Arte Interntional prize went to Kazakh filmmaker Emir Baigazin for The Wounded Angel. The ¤10,000 Pitch award went to Belgian Bavo Defurne for his Souvenir.

Golden Bear and Silver Bear in the short film category went to the French films As Long As Shotguns Remain and Laborat


Berlinale 2014 also honoured veteran British director Ken Loach by conferring the Golden Honorary Bear on him.


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