Berlin International Film Festival 2016: The Winners

The 66th Annual Berlinale came to an end on Saturday 20th February 2016 with the announcement of the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards. Here are a list of winners selected by a special panel that included Meryl Streep:

Golden Bear (Best Film): Fire At Sea
Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize: Death in Sarajevo
Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize: A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery
Silver Bear for Best Director: Mia Hansen (Things to Come)
Silver Bear for Best Actress: Trine Dyrholm (The Commune)
Silver Bear for Best Actor: Majd Mastoura (Hedi)
Silver Bear for Best Script: United States of Love by Tomasz Wasilewski
Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution: Crosscurrent by Mark Lee Ping-Bing
Best First Feature: Hedi by Mohamed Ben Attia
Golden Bear for Best Short Film: Balada De Um Batráquio
Silver Bear Jury Prize for Short Film: A Man Returned
Audi Short Film Award: Anchorage Prohibited

The Golden Bear winner for Best Film, Fire At Sea, was a documentary by Gianfranco Rosi that took a look at the island of Lampadusa in Italy, a location to which thousands of refugees have flooded over the past couple of years. You can catch the trailer (in Italian) below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8Kc5wy0Rxg

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Berlin International Film Festival and the meaning behind its award names and categories, make sure to check out Francesca Militello’s preview, here.

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