|Golden Bear (Goldener Bär)|
|Presented by||Berlin International Film Festival|
|Currently held by||Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021)|
The Golden Bear (German : Goldener Bär) is the highest prize awarded for the best film at the Berlin International Film Festival. The bear is the heraldic animal of Berlin, featured on both the coat of arms and flag of Berlin. The winners of the first Berlin International Film Festival in 1951 were determined by a West German panel, with five winners of the Golden Bear, divided by categories and genres. Between 1952 and 1955, the winners of the Golden Bear were determined by the audience members. In 1956, the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films formally accredited the festival, and since then, the Golden Bear has been awarded by an international jury.
The statuette shows a bear standing on its hind legs and is based on the 1932 design by German sculptor Renée Sintenis of Berlin's heraldic mascot that later became the symbol of the festival. It has been manufactured since the first edition by art foundry Hermann Noack.It was awarded for the first time in 1951 and was redesigned in a larger version in 1960. Also, the left arm of the bear was raised as opposed to the right in the former model. The current bear is 20 cm high and is fixed onto a base where the winning name is engraved. The figurine consists of a bronze core, which is then plated with a layer of gold. The total weight of the award is 4 kg.
|1951 – West German Jury Vote|
|1951||Four in a Jeep (Drama)||Die Vier im Jeep||Leopold Lindtberg||Switzerland|
|Without Leaving an Address (Comedies)||...Sans laisser d'adresse||Jean-Paul Le Chanois||France|
|In Beaver Valley (Documentaries)||James Algar||United States|
|Justice Is Done (Thrillers and Adventures)||Justice est faite||André Cayatte||France|
|Cinderella (Music Film)||Wilfred Jackson||United States|
|1952–1955 – Audience Vote|
|1952||One Summer of Happiness||Hon dansade en sommar||Arne Mattsson||Sweden|
|1953||The Wages of Fear||Le salaire de la peur||Henri-Georges Clouzot|| France |
|1954||Hobson's Choice||David Lean||United Kingdom|
|1955||Die Ratten||Robert Siodmak||West Germany|
|1956–present – International Jury|
|1956||Invitation to the Dance||Gene Kelly||United States|
|1957||12 Angry Men||Sidney Lumet|
|1958||Wild Strawberries||Smultronstället||Ingmar Bergman||Sweden|
|1959||Les Cousins||Claude Chabrol||France|
|1960||El Lazarillo de Tormes||César Fernández Ardavín|| Spain |
|1961||La Notte||Michelangelo Antonioni|| Italy |
|1962||A Kind of Loving||John Schlesinger||United Kingdom|
|1963||To Bed or Not to Bed (ex aequo)||Il diavolo||Gian Luigi Polidoro||Italy|
|Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai (ex aequo)||Bushidō zankoku monogatari (武士道残酷物語)||Tadashi Imai||Japan|
|1964||Dry Summer||Susuz yaz||Metin Erksan||Turkey|
|1965||Alphaville||Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution||Jean-Luc Godard||France|
|1966||Cul-de-Sac||Roman Polanski||United Kingdom|
|1967||The Departure||Le départ||Jerzy Skolimowski||Belgium|
|1968||Who Saw Him Die?||Ole dole doff||Jan Troell||Sweden|
|1969||Early Works||Rani radovi||Želimir Žilnik||SFR Yugoslavia|
|1970||No award this year because of the controversy surrounding the participation in the main competition of director Michael Verhoeven's anti-war film o.k. that led to the resignation of the international jury before the festival ended.|
|1971||The Garden of the Finzi-Continis||Il giardino dei Finzi Contini||Vittorio De Sica||Italy|
|1972||The Canterbury Tales||I racconti di Canterbury||Pier Paolo Pasolini|
|1973||Distant Thunder||Ashani Sanket||Satyajit Ray||India|
|1974||The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz||Ted Kotcheff||Canada|
|1976||Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson||Robert Altman||United States|
|1977||The Ascent||Voskhozhdeniye (Восхождение)||Larisa Shepitko||Soviet Union|
|1978||Las truchas (ex aequo)||José Luis García Sánchez||Spain|
|What Max Said (ex aequo)||Las palabras de Max||Emilio Martínez-Lázaro|
|Ascensor (ex aequo)||Tomás Muñoz|
|1979||David||Peter Lilienthal||West Germany|
|1980||Heartland (ex aequo)||Richard Pearce||United States|
|Palermo or Wolfsburg (ex aequo)||Palermo oder Wolfsburg||Werner Schroeter||West Germany|
|1981||Deprisa, deprisa||Carlos Saura||Spain|
|1982||Veronika Voss||Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss||Rainer Werner Fassbinder||West Germany|
|1983||Ascendancy (ex aequo)||Edward Bennett||United Kingdom|
|La colmena (ex aequo)||Mario Camus||Spain|
|1984||Love Streams||John Cassavetes||United States|
|1985||The Woman and the Stranger (ex aequo)||Die Frau und der Fremde||Rainer Simon||East Germany|
|Wetherby (ex aequo)||David Hare||United Kingdom|
|1986||Stammheim||Stammheim – Die Baader-Meinhof-Gruppe vor Gericht||Reinhard Hauff||West Germany|
|1987||The Theme||Tema (Teмa)||Gleb Panfilov||Soviet Union|
|1988||Red Sorghum||Hong gao liang (红高粱)||Zhang Yimou||China|
|1989||Rain Man||Barry Levinson||United States|
|1990||Music Box (ex aequo)||Costa-Gavras||United States|
|Larks on a String (ex aequo)||Skřivánci na niti||Jiří Menzel||Czechoslovakia|
|1991||The House of Smiles||La casa del sorriso||Marco Ferreri||Italy|
|1992||Grand Canyon||Lawrence Kasdan||United States|
|1993||Woman Sesame Oil Maker (ex aequo)||Xiāng hún nǚ (香魂女)||Xie Fei||China|
|The Wedding Banquet (ex aequo)||Xi yan (喜宴)||Ang Lee|| Taiwan |
|1994||In the Name of the Father||Jim Sheridan|| Ireland |
|1995||The Bait||L'appât||Bertrand Tavernier||France|
|1996||Sense and Sensibility||Ang Lee|| United States |
|1997||The People vs. Larry Flynt||Miloš Forman||United States|
|1998||Central Station||Central do Brasil||Walter Salles||Brazil|
|1999||The Thin Red Line||Terrence Malick||United States|
|2000||Magnolia||Paul Thomas Anderson||United States|
|2001||Intimacy||Patrice Chéreau|| United Kingdom |
|2002||Spirited Away (ex aequo)||Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (千と千尋の神隠し)||Hayao Miyazaki||Japan|
|Bloody Sunday (ex aequo)||Paul Greengrass|| United Kingdom |
|2003||In This World||Michael Winterbottom||United Kingdom|
|2004||Head-On||Gegen die Wand||Fatih Akin|| Germany |
|2005||U-Carmen eKhayelitsha||Mark Dornford-May||South Africa|
|2006||Grbavica||Jasmila Žbanić||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|2007||Tuya's Marriage||Túyǎ de hūnshì (图雅的婚事)||Wang Quan'an||China|
|2008||Elite Squad||Tropa de Elite||José Padilha||Brazil|
|2009||The Milk of Sorrow||La teta asustada||Claudia Llosa||Peru|
|2011||A Separation||Jodaí-e Nadér az Simín (جدایی نادر از سیمین)||Asghar Farhadi||Iran|
|2012||Caesar Must Die||Cesare deve morire||Paolo and Vittorio Taviani||Italy|
|2013||Child's Pose||Poziția copilului||Călin Peter Netzer||Romania|
|2014||Black Coal, Thin Ice||Bai ri yan huo (白日焰火)||Diao Yinan||China|
|2015||Taxi||Taxi (تاکسی)||Jafar Panahi||Iran|
|2016||Fire at Sea||Fuocoammare||Gianfranco Rosi||Italy|
|2017||On Body and Soul||Testről és lélekről||Ildikó Enyedi||Hungary|
|2018||Touch Me Not||Nu mă atinge-mă||Adina Pintilie||Romania|
|2020||There Is No Evil||Sheytan vojud nadarad (شیطان وجود ندارد)||Mohammad Rasoulof||Iran|
|2021||Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn||Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc||Radu Jude||Romania|
The Honorary Golden Bear (German : Goldener Ehrenbär) is the Berlin International Film Festival's honorary award for lifetime achievement by important figures in the world of film.
|1993||Gregory Peck and Billy Wilder|
|1996||Elia Kazan and Jack Lemmon|
|2002||Robert Altman and Claudia Cardinale|
|2005||Im Kwon-taek and Fernando Fernán Gómez|
|2006||Andrzej Wajda and Ian McKellen|
|2010||Wolfgang Kohlhaase and Hanna Schygulla|
Carlos Saura Atarés is a Spanish film director, photographer and writer. Along with Luis Buñuel and Pedro Almodóvar, he is considered to be one of Spain’s most renowned filmmakers. He has a long and prolific career that spans over half a century. His films have won many international awards.
The Berlin International Film Festival, usually called the Berlinale, is a film festival held annually in Berlin, Germany. Founded in West Berlin in 1951, the festival has been held every February since 1978 and is one of the "Big Three" alongside the Venice Film Festival in Italy and the Cannes Film Festival in France. Since 2019, Mariette Rissenbeek serves as the executive director of the festival, while Carlo Chatrian is the artistic director.
The 20th annual Berlin International Film Festival was supposed to be held from 26 June to 7 July 1970. The festival opened with Klann – grand guignol by Patrick Ledoux. However, on 5 July the competition was cancelled and no major prizes were awarded, due to a controversy surrounding the participation of Michael Verhoeven's anti-war film o.k.
The 27th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 24 June – 5 July 1977. The festival opened with Nickelodeon by Peter Bogdanovich. The Golden Bear was awarded to the Soviet Union film The Ascent directed by Larisa Shepitko. Since this edition, the annual Retrospective and Homage events has been coordinated jointly between the festival organization and the Deutsche Kinemathek. The retrospective shown at the festival was dedicated to West German actress Marlene Dietrich, which was divided into two parts, with Part 1 being shown this year along with the retrospective called Love, Death and Technology. Cinema of the Fantastical 1933–1945. The guest of the Homage was West German filmmaker Wilfried Basse.
The 32nd annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 12–23 February 1982. The Golden Bear was awarded to the West German film Veronika Voss directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
The 33rd annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 18 February to 1 March 1983. The festival opened with the out of competition film, Tootsie by Sydney Pollack.
The 34th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 17–28 February 1984. The festival opened with The Noah's Ark Principle by Roland Emmerich.The Golden Bear was awarded to the American film Love Streams directed by John Cassavetes. The retrospective was dedicated to German-American actor, screenwriter, producer and film director Ernst Lubitsch. The Honorary Golden Bear was awarded to American director Jules Dassin and Greek actress Melina Mercouri and the Homage section was dedicated to the couple.
The 61st annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 10 to 20 February 2011, with actress Isabella Rossellini as the President of the Jury. The Coen Brothers film True Grit opened the festival. 300,000 tickets were sold in total during the event, to 20,000 attendees from 116 countries, including 3900 members of the press. German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl received the Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement. The Golden Bear for Best Film went to the Iranian film Nader and Simin, A Separation, directed by Asghar Farhadi, which also served as the closing film at the festival.
The 35th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 15 to 26 February 1985. The Golden Bear was awarded to East German film Die Frau und der Fremde directed by Rainer Simon and British film Wetherby directed by David Hare. The retrospective was dedicated to Special effects.
The 37th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 20 February to 3 March 1987. The Golden Bear was awarded to the Soviet Union film Tema directed by Gleb Panfilov. The retrospective was in honour of Armenian-American film and theatre director Rouben Mamoulian. The homage was dedicated to French couple Jean-Louis Barrault, actor and director, and Madeleine Renaud, actress. It was titled Renaud-Barrault au cinéma.
The 43rd annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 11 to 22 February 1993. The Golden Bear was awarded to American-Taiwanese film The Wedding Banquet directed by Ang Lee and Chinese film Xiāng hún nǚ directed by Xie Fei. The retrospective dedicated to CinemaScope was shown at the festival.
The 44th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 10 to 21 February 1994. The Golden Bear was awarded to British-Irish film In the Name of the Father directed by Jim Sheridan. The retrospective dedicated to Austrian director, actor and producer Erich von Stroheim was shown at the festival.
The 45th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 9 to 22 February 1995. The Golden Bear was awarded to French film The Bait directed by Bertrand Tavernier. The retrospective dedicated to American actor Buster Keaton was shown at the festival.
The 63rd annual Berlin International Film Festival took place in Berlin, Germany between 7 and 17 February 2013. Chinese film director Wong Kar-wai was announced as the President of the Jury and his film The Grandmaster was the opening film of the festival. The Golden Bear was awarded to the Romanian film Child's Pose directed by Călin Peter Netzer, which also served as the closing film.
The 65th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 5 to 15 February 2015, with American film director Darren Aronofsky as the President of the Jury. German film director Wim Wenders was presented with the Honorary Golden Bear. The first seven films of the festival were announced on 15 December 2014. Isabel Coixet's Nobody Wants the Night was announced as the opening film.
The 66th Berlin International Film Festival was held from 11 to 21 February 2016, with American actress Meryl Streep as the President of the Jury. The Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement was presented to German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus. Hail, Caesar!, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, was selected to open the festival. The Golden Bear was awarded to the Italian documentary Fire at Sea, directed by Gianfranco Rosi, which also serves as closing night film.
The 69th annual Berlin International Film Festival took place from 7 to 17 February 2019. French actress Juliette Binoche served as the Jury President. Lone Scherfig's drama film The Kindness of Strangers opened the festival. The Golden Bear was won by Israeli-French drama Synonyms directed by Nadav Lapid, which also served as the closing film of the festival.
The Honorary Golden Bear is the Berlin International Film Festival's honorary award for lifetime achievement by important figures in the world of film.
The 70th annual Berlin International Film Festival took place from 20 February to 1 March 2020. It was the first under the leadership of new Berlin Film Festival heads, business administration director Mariette Rissenbeek and artistic director Carlo Chatrian. The festival opened with the opening gala presented by actor Samuel Finzi followed by the world premiere of the film My Salinger Year which was selected for the Berlinale Special section. The Golden Bear was awarded to the Iranian film There Is No Evil, directed by Mohammad Rasoulof.
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