Berlinale - International Film Festival Berlin

Founded in 1951. Interfilm Jury since 1964, Ecumenical Jury since 1992

Festival History: 

Awards since 1964

1964 Award

Selvmordsskolen (School for Suicide) by Knud Leif Thomsen, Denmark 1964

Special mention

The Pawnbroker by Sidney Lumet, USA 1964

Jury: Friedrich Hochstrasser (Switzerland, President), Mady de Tienda (France), Jan A. Hes (Netherlands), Stefanie v. Prochaska (Austria), Ursula Schlappkohl (FRG), Dietmar Schmidt (FRG)

 

1965 No Award

Special mention

Le Bonheur (Happiness) by Agnès Varda, France 1964.

Jury: Friedrich Hochstrasser (Switzerland, President), Artur Lomas (UK), Friedrich Thüringen (FRG)

 

1966 Award

Les Coeurs Verts by Édouard Luntz, France 1966.

Honourable mention

Masculin-Féminin by Jean-Luc Godard, France/Sweden 1965.

Jury: Friedrich Hochstrasser (Switzerland, President), Jan A. Hes (Netherlands), M. Kneubhuler (France), Dietmar Schmidt (FRG), Rolf Switzerlander (FRG)

 

1967 Awards

Här Har Du Litt Liv by Jan Troell, Sweden 1966.
ex aequo
Le vieil homme et l´enfant by Claude Berri, France 1966.

Honourable mention

The Whisperers by Bryan Forbes, UK 1966.

Jury: Friedrich Hochstrasser (Switzerland, President), Jan A. Hes (Netherlands), Dietmar Schmidt (FRG), John P. Taylor (Switzerland), Madeleine de Tienda (France)

 

1968 Award

INTERFILM-Award and Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award of the Protestant Churches in Berlin and Brandenburg

Raus bist du (Ole Dole Doff) by Jan Troell, Sweden 1968.

Jury: Friedrich Hochstrasser (Switzerland, President), Ernest MacEwan (UK), Dietmar Schmidt (FRG)

 

1969 No Award

The Jury gave its Award to a film not running in the Competition

La Voie Lactée by Luis Bunuel, France/Italy 1969.

Jury: Friedrich Hochstrasser (Switzerland, President), Ursula Schlappkohl (FRG), Dietmar Schmidt (FRG), Pierre Kneubühler (France), Gunnar Oldin (Sweden)

 

1970 No Award

Special mentions

En Kärlekhistoria by Roy Anderson, Sweden 1969.
Warum läuft Herr R. Amok by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, FRG 1969.
O Proferta Da Fome by Maurice Capovilla, Brazil 1969.
Il Conformista/Le Conformiste by Bernardo Bertolucci, France/Italy 1969.
Out Of It by Paul Williams, USA 1967.

Jury: Friedrich Hochstrasser (Switzerland, President), Ernest MacEwan (UK), Jan A. Hes (Netherlands), Henri de Tienda (France), Ursula Schlappkohl (FRG); beratende Mitglieder: Dölf Rindlisbacher (Switzerland), Dietmar Schmidt (FRG)

 

1971 Awards

Otto-Dibelius Film-Award 1971

Il Giardino di Finzi Contini by Vittorio de Sica, Italy 1970.

Grand Prix Interfilm 1971

Vittoria de Sica, Italy.

Interfilm-Award Berlin 1971

Lyckliga Skitar by Vilgot Sjömann, Sweden 1970.

Special mention:

Bless The Beasts and Children by Stanley Kramer, USA 1970.

INTERFILM-Awards in the International Forum of New Cinema

Remparts D´Argile by Jean-Louis Bertucelli, France/Algeria 1969.
ex aequo
Bananera Libertad by Peter van Gunten, Switzerland 1971.
ex aequo
The Woman´s Film, USA 1971.

Special mentions

The Great Chicago Conspiracy Circus by Kerry Feltham, Canada 1970.
Geschichten vom Kübelkind by Edgar Reitz, FRG 1968.
Der große Verhau by Alexander Kluge, FRG 1969/70.
W.R. – Misterije Organizma (Mysteries of the Organism) by Dusan Makavejev, Jugoslawia 1971. 

Jury: Gerd Albrecht (FRG, President), Jan A. Hes (Netherlands), Dölf Rindlisbacher (Switzerland), Ursula Schlappkohl (FRG), Dietmar Schmidt (FRG), John Taylor (Switzerland), Wolf-Dieter Zimmermann (FRG)

 

1972 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Awards 1972

Lukket Adveling by Arnljot Berg, Norway 1971.
„Da mußte die böse Frau die ganzen Mohrrüben selber fressen“ (Short film) by Thomas Keck, FRG 1972.

Grand Prix-INTERFILM Forum

Blanche by Walerian Borowczyk, France 1971.

INTERFILM-Awards in the International Forum of New Cinema

Les Camisards by René Allio, France 1971.
Postschi by Dariush Mehrjui, Iran 1971.

Special mentions

Family Life by Kenneth Loach, UK 1972
Rosa und Lin by Klaus Emmerich, FRG 1972
Liebe Mutter, mir geht es gut by Christian Ziewer, FRG 1971
Winter Soldier by Winterfilm-Kollektiv, USA 1972
Coup Pour Coup by Martin Karmitz, France 1971
Sao Bernardo by Glauber Rocha, Brazil 1972
San Michele Aveva Un Gallo by Paolo und Vittorio Taviani, Italy 1972.

Jury: Gerd Albrecht (FRG, President), Jan A. Hes (Netherlands), Gunnar Oldin (Sweden), Dölf Rindlisbacher (Switzerland), Uwe Runge (FRG), Ursula Schlappkohl (FRG), Dietmar Schmidt (FRG)

 

1973 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award 1973

Il n´y a pas de fumée sans feu by André Cayatte, France 1973

INTERFILM-Award

Biografija Jozefa Sulca (Short film) by Pedrag Golubovic, Jugoslawia 1973

INTERFILM-Awards in the International Forum of New Cinema

Le Retour D´Afrique by Alian Thanner, Switzerland 1973
Laukaus Tehtaalla by Erkko Kivikoski, Finland 1973

Special mentions

La Maman et la Putain by Jean Eustache, France 1973
Lo Stagionale by Alvaro Bizzari, Switzerland 1972
Sambizanga by Sarah Maldoror, France/Kongo 1972.
El Faham/Le Charbonnier by Mohamed Bouamari, Algeria 1972
Asylum by Roy Ward Baker, USA 1972
Tout Va Bien by Jean-Luc Godard, France 1972

Jury: Gerd Albrecht (FRG, president), Jan A. Hes (Netherlands), Dölf Rindlisbacher (Switzerland), Uwe Runge, Ursula Schlappkohl (West-Berlin), Dietmar Schmidt (FRG)

 

1974 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award 1974

Tabiate Bijan by Sohrab Shahid Saless, Iran 1974.

INTERFILM-Award

Effi Briest by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, FRG 1973.

INTERFILM-Awards in the International Forum of New Cinema

Yek Ettefaghe Sadeh by Sohrab Shahid Saless, Iran 1973.
To Proxenio Tis Annas (Anna´s Engagement) by Pantelis Voulgaris, Greece 1972.

Special mentions:

My Childhood/My Ain Folk by Bill Douglas, UK 1972/73.
Die letzten Heimposamenter by Yves Yersin, Switzerland 1973.

Jury: Gerd Albrecht (FRG, President), Ronald Englund (UK), Ronald Holloway (USA), Eberhard Kramer (FRG), Dölf Rindlisbacher (Switzerland), Uwe Runge (FRG), Ursula Schlappkohl (FRG), Dietmar Schmidt (FRG)

1975 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award 1975

Örökbefognadás by Márta Mészáros, Hungaria 1974.
ex aequo
Overlord by Stuart Cooper, UK 1974.

INTERFILM-Awards in the International Forum of New Cinema

Lina Braake – Die Interessen der Bank können nicht die Interessen sein, die Lina Braake hat by Bernhard Sinkel, FRG 1975.
O Thiassos by Theo Angelopoulos, Greece 1975.

Special mentions

In der Fremde by Sohrab Shadid Saless, Iran 1974.
Dupont Lajoie by Yves Boisset, France 1975.
Jakob der Lügner by Frank Beyer, DDR 1974.
Ta´ Det Som En Mand, Frue by Die Roten Schwestern, Denmark 1974/75.
Kalina Krasnaja by Wassili Schukschin, UdSSR 1974.
Duvidha by Mani Kaul, Indien 1973.

Jury: Gerd Albrecht (FRG, President), Eberhard Kramer (FRG), Ronald Holloway (USA), Dölf Rindlisbacher (Switzerland), Ursula Schlappkohl (FRG), Dietmar Schmidt (FRG), Eric Walker (UK)

 

1976 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award 1976

Die plötzliche Einsamkeit des Konrad Steiner by Kurt Gloor, Switzerland 1976.
ex aequo (Forum)
Al Hayatt Al Yawmiyah Fi Quariah Suriyah by Omar Amiralay, Syria 1976. 

Special mentions

Las vargas Vacaciones Del 36 by Jaime Camino, Spain 1976.
Expropriacion, Venezuela.
Der Gehülfe by Thomas Körfer, Switzerland 1976.
Labirintus, Hungaria.

Jury: Gerd Albrecht (FRG, President), Ronald Holloway (USA), Urs Jaeggi (Switzerland), Dölf Rindlisbacher (Switzerland), Uwe Runge (FRG), Ursula Schlappkohl (FRG), Dietmar Schmidt (FRG)

1977 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award 1977

Between The Lines by Micklin Silver, USA 1977.

INTERFILM-Award

Le Diable Probablement by Robert Bresson, France 1977.

INTERFILM-Awards in the International Forum of New Cinema

Moi, Pierre Rivière, Ayant Égorgé Ma Mère, Ma Soeur Et Mon Frère by René Allio, France 1976.
Ceddo by Ousmane Sembène, Senegal 1976.

Special mentions

Herkulesfürdöi Emlèk by Pál Sándor, Hungaria 1976.
Ortsfremd... Wohnhaft vormals Mainzer Landstraße (Short film) by Hans Sachs und Hedda Rinneberg, FRG 1977.
Mababangong bangungot by Kidlat Tahimik, Philippines 1976/77.
Umu, Turkey.

Special mentions

Mama, ich lebe by Konrad Wolf, GDR 1976.
Woschozdenie by Larissa Schepitko, USSR 1976.
Cyklopat by Christo Christov, Bulgaria 1976.
Ich bitte ums Wort by Gleb Panfilow, USSR 1976.
Mädchen in Wittstock by Volker Koepp, GDR 1975.

Grand Prix of INTERFILM (Forum)

Padre Padrone by Paolo und Vittorio Taviani, Italy 1977.

Jury: Gerd Albrecht (Cologne), Gerhard Hoffmann (Berlin), Jan Hes (Hilversum), Don Roper (London), Ursula Schlappkohl (Berlin), Dietmar Schmidt (Frankfurt a.M.), Dorothea Winkler (Vienna)

1978 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award 1978

Opening Night by John Cassavetes, USA 1977.
ex aequo
Das zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages by Margarethe von Trotta, FRG 1977 (Forum).

Special mentions:

Moritz, lieber Moritz by Hark Bohm, FRG 1978.
Die allseitig reduzierte Persönlichkeit – Repuders by Helke Sander, FRG 1978.
Love Letters From Teralba Road by Harry Kirchner, Australien 1977.

Jury 1978: Gerd Albrecht (FRG), Eberhard Kramer (West-Berlin), Dölf Rindlisbacher (Switzerland), Ursula Schlappkohl (West-Berlin), Dietmar Schmidt (FRG)

 

1979 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award 1979

Albert – Warum? by Josef Rödl, FRG 1978.
ex aequo
Sürü by Zeki Ökten, Türkei 1978 (Forum).

Special Award

Bill Douglas for his trilogy My Childhood, My Ain Folk, My Way Home (UK 1972-78) (Forum)

Special mentions:

David by Peter Lilienthal, FRG 1978.
Parashuram by Mrinal Sen, India 1978.
Fad’Jal by Safi Faye, Senegal 1978.
Les Aventures D´Un Héros by Merzak Allouache, Algeria 1978.

Special mentions:

Anacrusa O De Como La Musica by Ariel Zuniga, Mexico 1978.
Genèse D´Un Repas by Luc Moullet, France 1978.

Jury 1979: Dölf Rindlisbacher (Switzerland, president), Eberhard Kramer (West-Berlin), Ursula Schlappkohl (West-Berlin), Dietmar Schmidt (FRG), Vera Sommer (FRG), Richard Verheul (Netherlands)

 

1980 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award 1980

Marigolds In August by Ross Devenish, South Africa 1980.
ex aequo
Heartland by Richard Pearce, USA 1980.

INTERFILM-Award in the International Forum of New Cinema

Amator by Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland 1979.

Special mentions

Bizalom by István Szabó, Hungaria 1979.
Ossenij Marafon by Georgi Daneliya, USSR 1979.
Premier Pas by Med Bouamari, Algeria 1979.
Dotek Svetla by Helena Trestikova, CSSR 1979.

Jury: Gerd Albrecht (FRG, president), Ursula Schlappkohl (West-Berlin), Eberhard Kramer (West-Berlin), Dölf Rindlisbacher (Switzerland), Dietmar Schmidt (FRG), Richard Verheul (Netherlands), James Wall (USA)

 

1981 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award 1981

Akaler Sandhane by Mrinal Sen, India 1980.
Aziza by Abdellatif Ben Ammar, Tunesia/Algeria 1980 (Forum).
History Of The World In Three Minutes Flat by Michael Mills, Canada 1980 (Forum).

Special Award

Manoel De Oliveira für sein Gesamtwerk.

Commendation
Das Boot ist voll by Markus Imhoof, Switzerland 1981.

Jury 1981: Day Warren (USA), Anne Frederiksen (FRG), Eberhard Kramer (West-Berlin), Dölf Rindlisbacher (Switzerland), Ursula Schlappkohl (West-Berlin), Richard Verheul (Netherlands)

 

1982 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award 1982

Une Étrange Affaire by Pierre Granier-Deferre, France 1981 (Competition)
Lebensläufe by Winfried Junge, GDR 1982 (Forum).
„E“ by Bretislav Pojar, Canada 1981 (Forum).

Special Mention:

Dreszcze by Wojciech Marczewski, Poland 1981.

Jury: Ronald Holloway (USA), Eberhard Kramer (FRG), Martin Rabius (FRG), Dölf Rindlisbacher (Switzerland, Vorsitzender), Ursula Schlappkohl (FRG), Richard Verheul (Netherlands), James Wall (USA)

1983 Awards

A Season in Hakkari (Hakkari´de Bir Mevsim) by Erden Kirdal, Turkey 1982.
The Whole Life by Bruno Moll, Switzerland 1982 (Forum).

Jury: Gerd Albrecht (President, FRG), Eberhard Kramer (Berlin West),  Roger Kahle (USA), Beatrice Rothenbuecher (USA), Ursula Schlappkohl (Berlin West), Vera Sommer (FRG), Richard Verheul (Netherlands), Berry Wammes (Netherlands)

1984 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award 1984

Mann ohne Gedächtnis by Kurt Gloor, FRG/Switzerland 1984.
Bless Their Little Hearts by Billy Woodberry, USA 1983 (Forum).

Jury: Dölf Rindlisbacher (Switzerland, president), Gerald A. Forshey (USA), Lothar Köster (FRG), Eberhard Kramer (West-Berlin), Bo Torp Pedersen (Denmark), Ursula Schlappkohl (West-Berlin), Vera Sommer (FRG)

1985 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award 1985

Je Vous Salue, Marie by Jean-Luc Godard, France 1985.
Die Kümmeltürkin geht by Jeanine Meerapfel, FRG 1984 (Forum).

One World Award (Forum)

Cabra Marcado Para Morrer by Eduardo Coutinho, Brazil 1984.

Honourable mentions

Ahlam el Madina (Reves de la Ville) by Mohammed Malass, Syria 1984.
Wetherby by David Hare, USA 1985.

Jury: Eckart Bruchner (FRG), Michael Damm (FRG/Frankfurt), Eberhard Kramer (FRG/Berlin), Ursula Schlappkohl (FRG/Berlin), James Wall (USA/Chicago), Berry Wammes (Netherlands/Hilversum)

 

Awards 1986

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award 1986

Camorra (Un Complicato Intrigo di Nonne, Vicoli e Delitti) by Lina Wertmüller, Italy.
ex aequo:
La Historia Official (The Official Story) by Luis Puenzo, Argentinien (Forum of International New Cinema)

One-World-Film Prize

Hijos de la Guerra Fria (Children of The Cold War) by Gonzalo Justiniano, Chile/France 1976.

Honourable mention

Hijos de la Guerra fria (Children of The Cold War) by Gonzalo Justiniano, Chile/France 1976.

Jury: Hans-Werner Dannowski (Hannover, President), Ursula Schlappkohl (Berlin), Katharina Jung (Bern), Michael Kötz (Büdingen), Eberhard Kramer (Berlin), Bo Torp Pedersen (Tastrup/Denmark), Beatrice Rothenbuecher (New York)

 

1987 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award 1987

Tema by Gleb Panfilov, USSR 1979.
Siekierezada by Witold Leszczynski, Poland 1987 (Forum).

One-World-Film Prize

Pequena Revancha (Little Revenge) by Olegaria Barrera, Venezuela 1985 (Forum).

Jury: Hans W. Dannowski (FRG, president), Eberhard Kramer (West-Berlin), Theo Krummenancher (Switzerland), Isolde Mozer (FRG), Usula Schlappkohl (West-Berlin), Richard Verheul (Netherlands), James Wall (USA)

 

1988 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award

Die Kommissarin (Komissar) by Aleksandr Askoldov, UdSSR 1967.

Der Indianer by Ralf Schübel, FRG 1988(Forum)

Special mentions

The Internal Debt by Miguel Pereira, Argentinia 1987.
Einer trage des andern Last by Lothar Warneke, GDR 1988.
Family Viewing by Atom Egoyan, Canada 1987.
Sagolandet (Lland Of Dreams) by Jan Troell, Sweden 1988.

Jury: Jury: Hans-Werner Dannowski (FRG, President), Gerald Forshey (USA), Helmut Giese (FRG), Hans Hodel (Switzerland), Beatrice Rothenbuecher (USA), Ursula Schlappkohl (FRG), Rita Weiner (FRG)

 

1989 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award 1989

Ressurected by Paul Greengrass, UK 1989.

INTERFILM-Award Forum

Topio Stin Omichli (Landscape In The Fog) by Theo Angelopoulos, Greece 1988.

Special mentions

Sluga by Vadim Abdrachtitov, USSR 1988.
Zan Boko by Gaston Kaboré, Burkina Faso 1988.

Jury: Hans-Werner Dannowski (FRG, President), Hans Bahr (FRG), Helmut Giese (Berlin-West), Hans Hodel (Switzerland), Vusi Mchunu (Südafrika), Martin Rabius (FRG), James Wall (USA)

Awards 1990

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award 1990

Competition: Das schreckliche Mädchen (The Nasty Girl) by Michael Verhoeven, FRG 1990.

Forum: Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö (The Girl Of The Match Factory) by Aki Kaurismäki, Finland 1989.

Recommendation

Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt by Robert Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, USA 1989.

Jury: Hans-Werner Dannowski (Hannover, President), Hannes Schmidt (DDR), Martin Rabius (FRG), Hans Hodel (Switzerland), Wineke Onstwedder (Netherlands), Hans Bahr (FRG), Helmut Giese (Berlin West)

 

1991 Awards

Otto-Dibelius-Film-Award

Captain Fracassa´s Journey by Ettore Scola, Italy/France 1991.
ex aequo
An Angel At My Table by Jane Champion, New Sealand 1990.

Special mentions

Quiet Days In August by Pantelis Voulgaris, Greece 1990.
Alici En El Pueblo by Daniel Diaz Torres, Cuba.

Jury: Hans-Werner Dannowski (Hannover, President), Hans Eckehard Bahr (FRG), Rosa Berger-Fiedler, Helmut Giese (Berlin West), Hans Hodel (Switzerland), Christa Rothenbühler, James Wall.

 

1992 Awards

Since 1992 the churches are represented by an Ecumenical Jury.

For a Competition film

Infinitas by Marlen Chuziev, Russia 1992.
With aesthetical and philosophical consistency, the filmmaker succeeds in making a connection between the journey to discover meaning in personal existence and in history, and the spiritual upheaval within contemporary society and the challenge represented by the turn of the century.

For a film shown in the Forum

L´Annonce Faite A Marie (The Annunciation) by Alain Cuny, France/Canada 1991
for the uncompromising aestheticism in the composition of the image which issues easy consumption; the film instead employs poetic images to address profound dimensions within nature and human existence.

Special mentions

Edes Emma, Draga Böbe (Sweet Emma, Dear Böbe) by Istvan Szabo, Hungaria 1992.
Conte D´Hiver (A Winter´s tale) by Eric Rohmer, France 1992.
Tres Dienos (Three Days) by Sarunas Bartas, Litauen 1991.

Jury: Hans Hodel (Switzerland, President), Anne Abrahams (Netherlands), Alexandre Doroshevich (Russland), Ambros Eichenberger (Switzerland), Helmut Giese (Germany), Zygmunt Gutowski (Poland), Menno van der Molen (Netherlands), Antonio Oliveira Pinto (Portugal), Josef Rohe (Germany), Eleonore Sladek (Germany)

 

1993 Awards

The Prize of the Churches, accompanied by a cash award of 10,000 DM goes in equal parts to a competition film and a film from the International Forum of New Cinema. The Jury also awards special mentions to one film shown in competition and two films shown in the Forum.

The prize for a competition film goes to

Le Jeune Werther by Jacques Doillon, France 1993.
For the subtle and complex manner in which the film approaches the profound feelings and emotions of young people with regard to love, friendship, sexuality and death in such a way that the adult viwer can also see these things from a new perspective.

A Special mention goes to

The Women From The Lake Of Scented Souls (Xian Hunnu) by Xie Fei, China 1993.
The film expresses hope that solidarity among women can liberate them from alienation and suffering which they often have to face in traditional societies.

The prize for the film from the Forum goes to

Walsi Petschorase by Lana Gogoberidse, Georgia 1992.
for the sensitive and commited matter in which the director manages to combine a lament about the horrors of the Gulags during this century as seen through the eyes of a child with resistance against totalitarism using images of great poetical strength.

Special mentions:

Antonio´s Friend (La Petite Amie d´Antonio) by Manual Poirier, France 1992.
This debut film is a coherent portrayal devoid of cheap showmanship of the painful search for identity and meaning in life on the part of ordinary people. The film also emphasises how love and trust from family and friends can lead to an affirmation of life.
The Bed You Sleep In by Jon Jost, USA 1993.
für the way in which damage caused by breach of trust is expressed using unconventional images, narrative structures and music.

Jury: Martin Ammon (Deutschland), Ambros Eichenberger (Schweiz, Präsident), Helmut Giese (Deutschland), Wolfgang Hußmann (Deutschland), Frank Korinek (Österreich), Philip Lee (Großbritannien), Vaclav Marisko (Tschechische Republik), Claude Roshem (Frankreich), Maria Ter Steeg (Niederlande), James M. Wall (USA)

 

1994 Awards

The Prize of the Churches, accompanied by a cash award of 10,000 DM goes in equal parts to a competition film and a film from the International Forum of New Cinema. The Jury also awards special mentions to one film shown in competition and two films shown in the Forum.

The prize for a competition film goes to

Ladybird, Ladybird by Ken Loach, UK 1994.
For the film´s convincing portrayal of the causes and consequences of violence in family and society, and ist powerful bid for a way out of an unbearable situation via love and trust.

A Special mention goes to

Strawberry and Chocolate (Frasi Y Chocolate) by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio, Cuba/Mexico/Spain 1993.
This sensitive film is impressive on account of ist plea for tolerance, ist respect for personal freedom, individuality and dignity.

The prize for a film shown in the International Forum goes to

The Snail Strategy (La Estragia Del Caracol) by Sergio Cabrera, Columbia 1993.
for ist clever and witty parable on the importance of solidarity and the need to act collectively. The film depicts the final triumph of the community over greed and aggressive individualism in an exploitative and unjust situation.

Special mentions

Satan Tango (Sátántango) by Béla Tarr, Hungaria 1994.
The film displays formal rigour and opens up the realities of new spheres for cinematical portrayal. SATANTANGO is an alarming depiction of the desintegration of social and moral orders: it is also a meditation on time, transcience, hope and destruction, which, in the context of creation and apocalypse, succeeds in attaining a metaphysical dimension.
The Last Klezmer – Leopold Koslowski by Yale Strom, USA 1994.

Jury: Martin Ammon (Germany), Guido Convents (Belgien), Latavra Dularidse (Rußland), Robin E. Gurney (Switzerland), Hans Hodel (Switzerland, President), Michael Kuhn (Belgien), Bernhard Nathschläger (Austria), Felix Premawardhana (Sri Lanka), Anita Uzulniece (Lettland), Reinhold Zwick (Germany)

 

1995 Awards

The Prize of the Churches, accompanied by a cash award of 10,000 DM goes in equal parts to a competition film and a film from the International Forum of New Cinema. The Jury also awards special mentions to one film shown in competition and two films shown in the Forum.

The prize for a competition film goes to

Summer Snow (Xiatian De Xue) by Ann Hui, Hongkong 1994.
The film explores with aestetic sensitivity the possibilities of love and communication, when three generations face the problem of aging and Alzheimer disease. Special attention is given to the gracious response of the woman who bears an unequal share of the family´s burdens.

A Special mention goes to

Before Sunrise by Richard Linklater, USA/Austria.1995
For ist engaging portrait of two young adults who show the posibilities for deep, humane communication about themselves and significant life issues – a meeting of minds and hearts from the old world and the new.

The prize for a film shown in the International Forum goes to

Moving The Mountain by Michael Apted, USA 1994.
For ist sensitive documentary strength (including previously unseen material) of the 1989 Chinese Democracy movement. This enables a world-wide audience to appreciate ist context and the young leaders who embody qualities not only for China´s future but for that of the world.
and to
The Russian Symphony (Russkaja Simfonia) by Konstantin Lopuschanskij, Russia/France 1994.
The director interpretes the situation of post-perestroica Russian society through surrealistic images of an apocalyptic catastrophy. This ironic and critical film language is necessary because the traditional patterns of interpretation no longer work. The overwhelming power of these apocalyptic events strongly raises the question of God.

Special mention:

Amnesia by Gonzalo Justiniano, Chile 1994.
The film treads in a fictional manner the need of individual and society to resolve the conflicts of the past. It opposes amnesia at many layer of society and provokes the question of responsabilty, justica and reconciliation.

Jury: Martin Ammon (Germany), Hugo Ara (Bolivien), Hans Hodel (Switzerland), Henk Hoekstra (Netherlands), Jeffrey Mahan (USA); Peter Malone (Australien), Angelika Obert (Germany), Kveta Samajová (Tschechische Republik), Lothar Strüber (Germany), Peter Willnauer (Austria)

 

1996 Awards

The Prize of the Churches, accompanied by a cash award of 10,000 DM goes in equal parts to a competition film and a film from the International Forum of New Cinema. The Jury also awards special mentions to one film shown in competition and two films shown in the Forum.

The prize for a competition film goes to

Dead Man Walking by Tim Robbins, USA 1995.
For ist gripping portrayal of fear, prejudice, courage, faith and love. It pulls the audience to the searching questions of live and death. This cinematic achievement vividly dramatizes the dimensions of truth, redemption and solidarity.

A Special mention goes to

Ri Guang Xia Gu by He Ping, Hongkong/PR China 1995.
With considerable cinematic skill, it explores in North West China the movement from violence to peace, from patriarchy to partnership. In serach for a sense of meaning there is a clear understanding of the cost through blood, energy, love and time.

The prize for a film shown in the International Forum goes to

En Avoir (Ou Pas) by Laetitia Masson, France 1995.
In a clear film-language the director opens up a realistic and well perceived portrait of young people. She explores, how the social situation influences the personal development and the relations and feelings between human beings.

Special mention:

Devils Don´t Dream! Nachforschungen über Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán by Andreas Hoessli, Switzerland 1995.
For ist investigative documentary about the dream of a just society in Latin America, using the tragic example of this former president of Guatemala during the Cold War.

Jury: Martin Ammon (Germany), Stephen J. Brown (UK), Vera Ivanova (Rußland), Franz Korinek (Austria), Josef Lederle (Germany), Charles Martig (Switzerland), Angelika Obert (Germany), Zivile Pipinyté (Litauen), Carlos A. Valle (UK), Scott Young (USA).

 

1997 Awards

The Jury awards its main prize to a film entered in the Competition. It awards tow other prizes with purses of DM 5,000 each to a film from the Panorama and International Forum respectively. The prizes go to directors who have displayed genuine artistic talent and succeeded in portraying actions or human experiences that comply with the Gospels or sensitize viewers to spiritual, humane or social values.

The main prize for a competition film goes to

Under Western Eyes (Leneged Enayim Maaraviot) by Joseph Pitchhadze, Israel 1996.
The prodigal son´s search for the father he believed was dead becomes a tragic and yet hopeful parable on the need to find one´s identity in the space between exile and the country of one´s birth. The film´s depiction of architecture and landscape as well as ist sparse, black-and-white visual style make it a convincing artistic debut.

The Award for a Panorama film goes to

Brassed Off by Mark Hermann, UK 1996.
The human tragedy of the fate of an English mining community is portrayed with a ciritical eye for social detail and great solidarity and sympathy. The film´s music lends it both humour and a lightness of touch.

The jury also awards a Special Prize to

Mother and Son (Mati i syn) by Aleksands Sokurov, Russia 1997.
For this masterful filmic portrait of a world in which natural and transcendental powers as well as human emotions form one profound spiritual entity.

The Award for a film shown in the Forum goes to

Nobody´s Business by Alan Berliner, USA 1996.
In a persistent conversation with his father, a son confirms his own family history and religious origins, and forces his father to face up to and take responsability for his repressed personal history. This document of a personal history also reflects historical und universal conflicts.

The Special Jury Award for a film shown in the Forum goes to

They Teach Us How To Be Happy by Peter van Gunten, Switzerland 1996.
For his committed observational documentary about Sudanese asylum-seekers during their exhaustive journey through Swiss bureaucracy. This film is a forceful appeal for a more humane policy on asylum.

Jury: Martin Ammon (Germany), Daniel Burgeois (France), Alexandre Dorochevitch (Rußland), Michael Graff (Germany), Hans Hodel (Switzerland), Dorothea Holloway (Germany), Matthias Loretan (President, Switzerland), Bernard Natschläger (Austria), Raymond Olsen (Denmark), Adela Peeva (Bulgaria).

 

1998 Awards

The Jury awards its main prize to a film entered in the Competition. It awards tow other prizes with purses of DM 5,000 each to a film from the Panorama and International Forum respectively. The prizes go to directors who have displayed genuine artistic talent and succeeded in portraying actions or human experiences that comply with the Gospels or sensitize viewers to spiritual, humane or social values.

The prize for a competition film goes to

Central Station (Central Do Brasil) by Walter Salles, Brazil 1998.
Dora, a retired school-teacher, grows in humanity as she hesitantly, but surely, accepts responsability for an orphaned nine-year-old boy. With a very simple story, we are introduced to wonderfully textured characters that themselves encourage their nation of Brazil to journey towards compassion.

The Jury also awards a Special Prize to a short Competition film:

Cinema Alcazar by Florence Jaugey, Nicaragua 1997.
In „Cinema Alcazar“, an abandoned cinema has become the home of an abandoned grandmother, symbolic of the whole Nicaraguan people. We commend Florence Jaugey for presenting this film with such limited resources, itself a symbol of continuing life admidst great human hardship.

The Award for a Panorama film goes to

Sue by Amos Kollek, USA 1997.
In this impressive portrait of an unemployed New Yorker, a woman becomes more and more alienated and finally expires in her loneliness. Told without indulgence or melodrama, the film follows the desperate search for love and company in a large city.

The Award for a film shown in the 28th International Forum of New Cinema goes to

Homesick Eyes (Wang Hsiang) by Hsu Hsiao-Ming, Taiwan 1997.
„Homesick Eyes“ provides a human face to economic migration – individuals have left their homes in Thailand and the Philippines for temporary work positions in Taiwan. While providing their families with necesarry support, they experience great loneliness and deep longing for home. Also revealed, however, are the sources of joy that make life in such conditions bearable.

Jury: INTERFILM – Miriam Hollstein (Germany), Kjetil Hafstad (Norway), Andrew Johnston (Canada), Angelika Obert (Germany), Daniela Roventa-Frumusani (Rumänien); OCIC -

 

1999 Awards

The Jury awards its main prize to a film entered in the Competition. It awards tow other prizes with purses of DM 5,000 each to a film from the Panorama and International Forum respectively. The prizes go to directors who have displayed genuine artistic talent and succeeded in portraying actions or human experiences that comply with the Gospels or sensitize viewers to spiritual, humane or social values.

The prize for a competition film goes to

It All Starts Today (Ca Commence Aujourd´Hui) by Bertrand Tavernier, France 1999.
In today´s world economic and social policies cannot cope with real hardships of unemployment and family poverty. Bertrand Tavernier has opened his audiences´ eyes and hearts of children and theit families, showing a committed, creative teacher, and a man of poetic search, but also an ordinary „non-heroic“ man, and his anger at the system and regulation-driven bureaucrats as well as his ability to affirm children and transform his professional and private world.

The Jury also awards a Special Prize to a film in Competition:

Emporte-Moi by Léa Pool, France 1999.

The Award for a film shown in the 14th International Panorama goes to

Speak To Me Sisters (Tala Med Mig Systrar) by Maj Wechselmann, Sweden/South Africa 1998.
In a world where discussions of apartheid are dominated by a male perspective, this film respects women´s resistance to apartheid, black, white, Indian, with expert use of archival material to enable audiences to see South African history and the complexity of the experiences of violence, loss and political action.

The Jury also awrads a Special Prize to a film in Panorama:

Alone (Solas) by Benito Zambrano, Spain 1999.

The prize for a film shown in the 29th International Forum of New Cinema goes to

Dealer by Thomas Arslan, Germany 1999.
Can, a young dealer from the German-Turkish scene in Berlin-Kreuzberg, is in jail. He thinks about how his attempt to get out of this milieu failed. And although his present situation seems quite bleak – his young family has fallen apart -, there is a redeeming strength in the ruthless manner in which he analyses the situations in which decisions were made. In calm, unhurried images and precise shots, an individual emerges, who by reviewing how he became enmeshed in a criminal world, takes responsability for his past and who will now be able to act otherwise in the future.

Jury: INTERFILM – Alyda Faber (Canada), Dietrich Neuhaus (Germany), Eduardo T. Panik (Brasilien), Guy Perrot (Switzerland), Brigitte Thyssen (Denmark); OCIC – Peter Malone (Australien), Tamara Doularidze (Rußland), Guido Convents (Belgien), Stefan Förner (Germany), Miguel Reyes Torres (Chile)

 

Awards  2000

The main prize for a Competition film goes to

WO DE FU QIN MU QIN (The Road Home) by Zhang Yimou
A simple story, delicate and clear, built out of everyday activities and ordinary incidents, celebrating human goodness, faithfulness and endurance. In sparkling black and white and glorious but subtle colour Zhang Yimou gives us a history of Chinese life and political change over four decades, placing his narrative in a rural landscape, which is earthy and harsh but also intensely beautiful. Past and present are linked by courtship and a funeral, which together embody the value and power of love.

The Ecumenical Jury also awards a Special Prize to a film in Competition

MEDIA by Pavel Koutsk
The short film brilliantly captures how society feeds off and is devoured by the media today.

The Award for a film shown in the 15th Panorama, accompanied by a purse of DM 5,000 goes to

BOTÍN DE GUERRA (Spoils of war) by David Blaustein,
Presents the continuing struggle of the grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to find their grandchildren, born in detention or kidnapped during the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983). Out of an uniquely negative experience the positive courage of these women is vividly described. The search for truth and identity through family love is bringin about healing experiences between generations. This film could sow the seeds of reconciliation where this has not yet become possible.

The Ecumenical Jury also awards a Special Prize to a film in Panorama:

ECHO by Frédéric Roullier-Gall
In the present, echoes of the past affect two survivors of the holocaust. In 13 powerful minutes the film shows healing and hope after the trauma of the past.

The Award for a film shown in the 30th Forum of International Young Cinema, accompanied by a cash prize of DM 5,000 goes to

DE GROTE VAKANTIE (The long holiday) by Johan van der Keuken
Facing his own death (cancer diagnosis), the director explores the beauty and menace of this world. By a wide range of people, sceneries, nations and religions, this documentary develops a profound and personal account.

The jury also awards a special mention for a Forum film to

CINÉMA VÉRITÉ: DEFINING THE MOMENT by Peter Wintonick
CINÉMA VÉRITÉ explains the history and development of documentary cinema, which has changed the way we see the world we see.

JURY: INTERFIL. Hans W. Dannowski (Germany), Robin Gurney (Switzerland), Vija Beinerte (Litauen), Denyse Muller (France), Raymond Olsen (Denmark), OCIC: Charles Martig (Switzerland), Nimfa Watt (Spain), Tom Aitken (UK), Ricardo Yanez (Argentinien), Lothar Strüber (Germany)

 

2001 Awards 

The Ecumenical Award for a film in competion goes to

ITALYSK FOR BEGYNDERE  (Italian for beginners) by Lone Scherfig: "The fresh, inspirational film portrays universal human values like love and compassion in a simple and humorous way".

The Special Prize of the Ecumenical Jury goes to

WIT by Mike Nichols: "Wit poignantly portrays the journey of a woman to her death. In the course of the film, this scholar of aesthical poetry of life and death, must confront the impersonality of her cancer treatment, surrender the masks behind which she hides and search for hope in the face of imminent death.

The Award for a film shown in the 16th Panorama, accompanied by a purse of DM 5000 goes to:

BLUE END by Kaspar Kasics: "Blue End, a classical documentary, examines the digital instrumentalization of the body of an executed murderer. The film strongly confronts the question of how the justice system and modern science treat the person and in doing so raises basic questions of human dignity".

The Award for a film shown in the 31st Forum, accompanied by a cash prize of DM 5000 goes to:

DET NYA LANDET by Geir Hansteen Jörgensen: "The film, funny and full of good ideas, tells about friendship and hope, and takes seriously the plight of refugees".

Jury 2001: INTERFILM: Margrit Frölich (Germany), Hans Hodel (Switzerland), Jeffrey Mahan (USA), Angelika Obert (Germany), Kersti Uibo (Estland), SIGNIS: James Abbot (UK), Michael Graff (Germany, president), Cireneo Kuhn (Brazil), Ernesto G. Laura (Italy), Richard Leonard (Australia)

 

2002 Awards

The Ecumenical Award for a film in competion  goes to

Bloody Sunday by Paul Greengrass, GB/Ireland 2001.
The film presents differents aspects of Bloody Sunday, when in a military action 13 people were killed and 14 wounded who had been participating in a peace demonstration in the Northern Irish town of Derry in 1972. The film compellingly shows the devastating effects of a policy, which accepts the escalation of violence in solving social and religious problems.

The Award for a film shown in the 17th Panorama, accompanied by a purse of € 2'500.-goes to:

L’ange de goudron (Der Engel aus Teer) by Denis Chouinard, Canada 2001. The father of an Algerian immigrant family is about to receive Canadian citizenship when his son disappears. With his son’s Canadian girlfriend, the father sets out to find him, and begins to understand his socio-political protest as well as to see the limits of his own culture. A both touching and explosively political film.

The Award for a film shown in the 32th Forum, accompanied by a cash prize of € 2'500.- goes to:

E minha cara – That’s My Face by Thomas Allen Harris, USA/Brazil 2001. In a most extraordinary manner, the Afro-American director takes us on a musical and humorous journey to the roots of his family. Through his eyes, we discover the continent of his ancestors, the civil rights movement and the rich spirituality of Afro-American diaspora.

Jury: Thomas Binotto (Switzerland), Gianna Urizio (Italy), Jes Nysten (Denmark), Werner Schneider-Quindeau, President (Germany), Lothar Strüber (Germany), Marie-Theres Kreidy (Libanon), Waldemar Plocharski (Poland), Guido Convents (Belgien), Albert van den Heuvel (Netherlands)

 

2003 Awards

The Award of the Ecumenical Jury goes to the film:

In This World by Michael Winterbottom, UK 2002
Through the journey of two Afghanistani refugees, this gritty quasi-documentary film bears witness to an ongoing global human tragedy: the plight of refugees and displaced persons who will do anything to survive and improve their lives through `illegal ` immigration from east to west. This moving relevant film gives viewers a visceral experience of what it means to be without a home and a country.

The Award for a film shown in the 17th Panorama, accompanied by a purse of € 2'500.-goes to:

Broken Wings (Knafayim Shuvrot), by Nir Bergman, Israel 2002.
The film shows the life of an Israeli family whose members have to cope after the death of the father with grief, identity and communication problems. On the one hand, the director explores the tense dynamic between the different ages within the family. On the other hand, he shows in an indirect way the dramatic psychological impact of the political conflicts in the Near East on the everyday family life.

The Award for a film shown in the 32th Forum, accompanied by a cash prize of € 2'500.- goes to:

Edi, by Piotr Trzaskalski, Poland 2002.
On the first sight a dull and slow movie - as the life of the protagonist must have been. It is a story of a trash collector, a man of great inner strength, generosity and capacity for suffering, friendship and love. From his poverty, Edi responds to the loneliness in the lives of the people with whom he shares daily life, giving all he has, including his own physical well-being.

Jury: Radovan Holub (Tschechien), Doron Kiesel (Germany), Thomas Kroll (Germany), Charles Martig (Switzerland, President), Denyse Muller (France), Rose Pacatte (USA)

 

2004

Competition:

Ae Fond Kiss by Ken Loach, United Kingdom/Belgium/Germany/Italy/Spain 2004

Panorama:

Svjedoci (Witnesses) by Vinko Brezan, Croatia 2003

International Forum of Young Cinema:

Mi piace lavorare (I Like to Work/Mobbing) by Francesca Comencini, Italy 2004

Jury: Julienne Munyaneza (Rwanda, at present London), Marjorie Suchocky (USA), Oldrich Selucky (Czech Republic), Frank Frost (USA), Lothar Strüber (Germany), Werner Schneider-Quindeau (President, Germany)

 

2005

Competion:

Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (Sophie Scholl - The Final Days) by Marc Rothemund, Germany 2005

Panorama:

Va, Vis et Deviens ( Live and Become) by Radu Mihaileanu, France/Israel 2004

International Forum of Young Cinema:

Ratziti lihiyot gibor (On the Objection Front) by Shiri Tsur, Israel 2004

Jury: Johanna Haberer (Germany), Dina Iordanova (Scotland – United Kingdom), Thomas Kroll (Chairman of the Jury, Germany), Clotilde Lee (Korea), Charles Martig (Switzerland), Gordon Matties (Canada)
 

 

2006
Competition:

Grbavica by Jasmila Zbanic (Austria, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Germany 2005

Panorama:

Komornik(The Collector) by Feliks Falk, Poland 2005

International Forum of Young Cinema:

Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon by Khalo Matabane, South Africa 2005

Jury: Jörg Herrmann (Germany), Milja Radovic (Serbia and Montenegro), Marius Sopterean (Romania), Christine Stark (President of the Jury, Switzerland), David Tlapec (USA), Reinhold Zwick (Germany)

 

2007

Competition:

Tu Ya de hun shi (Tuya's Marriage) by Wang Quan’an, China (PR) 2006

Panorama:

Luo ye gui gen (Getting Home) by Zhang Yang, Hongkong, China / People’s Republic of China 2006

International Forum of Young Cinema:

Chrigu by Jan Gassmann and Christian Ziörjen, Switzerland 2007

Jury: Charles Martig, Switzerland (President), Angelika Obert, Germany, Prof. Em. Marjorie Suchocki, USA, Anita Uzulniece, Latvia, and Théo Péporté, Luxemburg

 

2008

Competition:

Award: Il y a longtemps que je t’aime … (I’ve Loved You So Long) by Philippe Claudel, France/Germany 2007

Commendation: Zuo You (In Love We Trust) by Wang Xiao Shuai, People’s Republic of China 2007

Panorama:

Boy A by John Crowley, Great Britain 2007

International Forum of Young Cinema:

Corridor #8 by Boris Despodov, Bulgaria 2008

Jury: Alina Birzache, Romania; Douglas P. Fahleson, USA; Julia Helmke, Germany (President of the jury); Wolfgang Hussmann, Germany; Milan Simacek, Czech Republic; Magali van Reeth, France

 

2009

Competition:

Award: Lille Soldat (Little Soldier/Kleiner Soldat) by Annette K. Oleson, Dänemark 2008

Commendations: London River by Rachid Bouchareb, Algeria, France, United Kingdom 2009; My One and Only by Richard Loncraine, USA 2009

Forum:

Treeless Mountain by So Yong Kim, South Korea 2008

Panorama:

Welcome by Philippe Lioret, France 2009

Jury: Guido Convents, Belgium; Jes Nysten, Denmark; Charles Martig, Switzerland (President); Jolyon P. Mitchell, United Kingdom; Joachim Valentin, Germany; Waltraud Verlaguet, France

 

2010

Competition:

Bal (Honey) by Semih Kaplanoglu, Turkey/Germany, 2010

Panorama:

Kawasakiho Ruze (Kawasaki’s Rose) by Jan Hrebejk, Czech Republic, 2009

Forum:

Aisheen (Still Alive in Gaza) by Nicolas Wadimoff, Switzerland/Qatar, 2010

Jury: Philip Lee, Canada; Dr. Markus Leniger, Germany; Ylva Liljeholm, Sweden; Edgar Rubio, Mexico; Alberto Ramos Ruiz, Cuba; Rev. Werner Schneider-Quindeau, Germany (President)

 

2011

Competition:

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader and Simin, a Separation) by Asghar Farhadi, Iran, 2011

Commendation: The Forgiveness of Blood by Joshua Marston, USA/Albania/Denmark/Italy, 2011

Panorama:

Lo roim alaich (Invisible) by Michal Aviad, Israel/Germany, 2011

Commendation: Barzakh by Mantas Kvedaravicius, Finland/Lithuania, 2011

Forum:

En terrains connus (Familiar Ground)  by Stéphane Lafleur, Canada, 2011

Commendation: De engel van Doel (An Angel in Doel)  by Tom Fassaert, Netherlands/Belgium, 2011

 

2012

Competition:

Cesare deve morire (Caesar Must Die), directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Italy 2011

Commendation: Rebelle (War Witch), directed by Kim Nguyen, Canada 2012

Panorama:

Die Wand (The Wall), directed by Julian Roman Pölsler, Austria/Germany 2011

Commendation: Parada (The Parade), directed by Srdjan Dragojevic (Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia 2011)

Forum:

La Demora (The Delay), directed by Rogrido Plá (Uruguay, Mexico, and France, 2012)

 

History

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