Berlinale Special Mention for SA co-prod


Layla Fourie, the South Africa-Germany-France co-production directed by South African-born Pia Marais, received a Special Mention at the closing of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) on 17 February.

The top prize, the Golden Bear for Best Film, went to the Romanian film Child’s Pose by Călin Peter Netzer. The Jury Grand Prix (Silver Bear) was awarded to An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker by Danis Tanović.

The Alfred Bauer Prize (Silver Bear), in memory of the festival founder, for a feature film that opens new perspectives was presented to Vic+Flo Saw a Bear by Denis Cote.

David Gordon Green won the Silver Bear for Best Director for Prince Avalanche (Prince Avalanche)

Silver Bear acting awards went to Paulina Garcia for her role in Gloria by Sebastian Lelio and Nazif Mujić for An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker.

The Silver Bear for Best Script went to Jafar Panahi for Closed Curtain directed by Panahi himself and Kamboziya Partovi

Kim Mordaunt’s The Rocket won the Best First Feature Award.

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