|Goldener Bär (German)|
|Presented by||Berlin International Film Festival|
|Winner||Alcarràs by Carla Simón|
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.
|Year||Film||Original title||Director(s)||Country of origin|
|1951 – West German Jury Vote|
|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 & Adventures)||Justice est faite||André Cayatte||France|
|Cinderella (Music Film)||Wilfred Jackson||United States|
|1952–1955 – Audience Vote|
|One Summer of Happiness||Hon dansade en sommar||Arne Mattsson||Sweden|
|The Wages of Fear||Le salaire de la peur||Henri-Georges Clouzot||France, Italy|
|Hobson's Choice||David Lean||United Kingdom|
|Die Ratten||Robert Siodmak||West Germany|
|1956–present – International Jury|
|Invitation to the Dance||Gene Kelly||United States|
|12 Angry Men||Sidney Lumet||United States|
|Wild Strawberries||Smultronstället||Ingmar Bergman||Sweden|
|Les Cousins||Claude Chabrol||France|
|El Lazarillo de Tormes||César Fernández Ardavín||Spain|
|La Notte||Michelangelo Antonioni||Italy|
|A Kind of Loving||John Schlesinger||United Kingdom|
|Bushido, Samurai Saga #||武士道残酷物語||Tadashi Imai||Japan|
|To Bed or Not to Bed #||Il diavolo||Gian Luigi Polidoro||Italy|
|Dry Summer||Susuz yaz||Metin Erksan||Turkey|
|Alphaville||Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution||Jean-Luc Godard||France, Italy|
|Cul-de-Sac||Roman Polanski||United Kingdom|
|The Departure||Le départ||Jerzy Skolimowski||Belgium|
|Who Saw Him Die?||Ole dole doff||Jan Troell||Sweden|
|Early Works||Rani radovi||Želimir Žilnik||Yugoslavia|
|No awards given that 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.|
|The Garden of the Finzi-Continis||Il giardino dei Finzi Contini||Vittorio De Sica||West Germany, Italy|
|The Canterbury Tales||I racconti di Canterbury||Pier Paolo Pasolini||Italy|
|Distant Thunder||Ashani Sanket||Satyajit Ray||India|
|The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz||Ted Kotcheff||Canada|
|Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson||Robert Altman||United States|
|The Ascent||Восхождение||Larisa Shepitko||Soviet Union|
|Ascensor #||Tomás Muñoz||Spain|
|Las truchas #||José Luis García Sánchez||Spain|
|What Max Said #||Las palabras de Max||Emilio Martínez-Lázaro||Spain|
|David||Peter Lilienthal||West Germany|
|Heartland #||Richard Pearce||United States|
|Palermo or Wolfsburg #||Palermo oder Wolfsburg||Werner Schroeter||West Germany|
|Deprisa, Deprisa||Carlos Saura||Spain|
|Veronika Voss||Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss||Rainer Werner Fassbinder||West Germany|
|Ascendancy #||Edward Bennett||United Kingdom|
|La colmena #||Mario Camus||Spain|
|Love Streams||John Cassavetes||United States|
|Wetherby #||David Hare||United Kingdom|
|The Woman and the Stranger #||Die Frau und der Fremde||Rainer Simon||East Germany|
|Stammheim||Stammheim – Die Baader-Meinhof-Gruppe vor Gericht||Reinhard Hauff||West Germany|
|The Theme||Teмa||Gleb Panfilov||Soviet Union|
|Red Sorghum||红高粱||Zhang Yimou||China|
|Rain Man||Barry Levinson||United States|
|Larks on a String #||Skřivánci na niti||Jiří Menzel||Czechoslovakia|
|Music Box #||Costa-Gavras||United States|
|The House of Smiles||La casa del sorriso||Marco Ferreri||Italy|
|Grand Canyon||Lawrence Kasdan||United States|
|The Wedding Banquet #||喜宴||Ang Lee||Taiwan, United States|
|Woman Sesame Oil Maker #||香魂女||Xie Fei||China|
|In the Name of the Father||Jim Sheridan||United Kingdom, Ireland|
|The Bait||L'appât||Bertrand Tavernier||France|
|Sense and Sensibility||Ang Lee||United States|
|The People vs. Larry Flynt||Miloš Forman||United States|
|Central Station||Central do Brasil||Walter Salles||Brazil, France|
|The Thin Red Line||Terrence Malick||United States|
|Magnolia||Paul Thomas Anderson||United States|
|Bloody Sunday #||Paul Greengrass||United Kingdom, Ireland|
|Spirited Away #||千と千尋の神隠し||Hayao Miyazaki||Japan|
|In This World||Michael Winterbottom||United Kingdom|
|Head-On||Gegen die Wand||Fatih Akin||Germany|
|U-Carmen eKhayelitsha||Mark Dornford-May||South Africa|
|Grbavica||Jasmila Žbanić||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Tuya's Marriage||图雅的婚事||Wang Quan'an||China|
|Elite Squad||Tropa de Elite||José Padilha||Brazil|
|The Milk of Sorrow||La teta asustada||Claudia Llosa||Spain, Peru|
|A Separation||جدایی نادر از سیمین||Asghar Farhadi||Iran|
|Caesar Must Die||Cesare deve morire||Paolo and Vittorio Taviani||Italy|
|Child's Pose||Poziția copilului||Călin Peter Netzer||Romania|
|Black Coal, Thin Ice||白日焰火||Diao Yinan||China|
|Fire at Sea||Fuocoammare||Gianfranco Rosi||Italy|
|On Body and Soul||Testről és lélekről||Ildikó Enyedi||Hungary|
|Touch Me Not||Nu mă atinge-mă||Adina Pintilie||Romania|
|Synonyms||Synonymes||Nadav Lapid||France, Israel|
|There Is No Evil||شیطان وجود ندارد||Mohammad Rasoulof||Iran|
|Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn||Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc||Radu Jude||Romania|
|Alcarràs||Carla Simón||Spain, Italy|
The following have won the award twice:
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