Child’s Pose bags the Golden Bear

The 2013 Berlin Bears have gone home. In a glittering ceremony in Berlinale Palast, Emran Hashmi sitting next to Danis Tanovic, Calin Peter Netzer’s Romanian film Child’s Pose was awarded the prestigious Golden Bear. The film is an emotional family story in which a mother tries to suffocate her 34-year-old son with her love and the son trying to keep away from her. When he gets into a problem, the mother takes control using all her skills, money and connections to keep him out of prison.

The film holds a mirror to the life of the rich in the Romanian society, the corruption at all levels and the relations between the various levels of society when they come in contact. In a hard-hitting acceptance speech at the awards function, the producer Ada Solomon said that it was time that the Romanian politicians pay attention to films which can be the ambassadors of the country. She said that more than political censorship, she is worried by the “commercial censorship” in which art house films do not find distribution. Child’s Pose also won the FIPRESCI award.

Danis Tanovic’s Bosnia-Herzegovina film An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker lifted the Silver Bear for the Jury Grand Prize. This film also fetched the Silver Bear for Best Actor to Nazif Mujic . The Silver Bear for the Best Actress went to Paulina Garcia for her role as Gloria in Sebastian Lelio’s Chilean film Gloria. This film also won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. Alfred Bauer Prize for a feature film that opens new perspectives went to the Canadian film Vic+Flo Saw a Bear by Denis Cote.

The Best First Feature Award consisting Euros 50,000 endowed by the Anti-piracy watch dog GWFF was given to the Australia-Thailand co-production The Rocket. This film also won the Crystal Bear for the Best Film by the Children’s Jury in the Generation Kplus category. American David Gordon Green was awarded the Silver Bear for the Best Director for his film Prince Avalanche, an adaptation of the Icelandic film Either Way. The film is a humourous character study of two men in the grim back drop of a burnt out, barren forest.

Imprisoned Iranian director Jafar Panahi was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Script for his film Closed Curtain. The award was received by his co-director Kamboziya Partovi on behalf of Jafar Panahi. Partovi said, “In politics and cinema, we can’t fathom how they fuse into each other.” He also said that the Iranian films have found their place in the world cinema.

The poetic Kazakhstan film Harmony Lessons brought the Cameraman Aziz Zhambakiyev the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution in the Categories Camera, Editing, Music Score, Costume Design or Set Design. The beautiful static camera in front of which all characters in the film, humans as well as animals, move in and out just as the characters on a stage was appreciated by all. The camera which does not move or pan reminds us of Ozu’s films.

Jean Bernard Marlin’s The Runaway won the Golden Bear for the Best Short Film. The Silver Bear in this category went to Stefan Kriekhaus’s Remains Quiet.

The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Feature film with a cash component of Euros 7500 was awarded to Mother, I Love You by Janis Nords. Korean Kim Jung-in’s short film Cheong won the Euros 2500 for the Best Short Film in the Generation Kplus category. The Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best feature with an endowment of Euros 7500 went to the film Shopping by Mark Albiston.

The Polish film In the Name of.. by Malgoska Szumowska won the Teddy Award for the Best Feature film.

On the day of the awards, Berlin posted a pleasant three degrees centigrade temperature. It is time to pack and return to amchi Mumbai.

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