57th Berlin International Film Festival

08.02.2007 to 18.02.2007

Awards of the Ecumenical Jury

Tuya's Marriage
Tuyas Hochzeit
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Tuya a woman living with her handicapped husband and two children in the steppe of Mongolia struggles for their existence. Friends counsel her to divorce and remarry as a way to resolve the situation. Painful as this path is, Tuya and her husband decide upon it.  Through closely recording scenes of this traditional culture, the director shows us the deep faithfulness, courage and love of the human relationships involved, and the sense of ambiguity attendant upon difficult human decisions.

Getting Home
Nicht ohne meine Leiche
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Zhao decides to transport the body of his friend and colleague who had suddenly died back to his native town. He needs much help for this difficult task. With much humour, fantasy and love this unusual roadmovie tells how a seemingly impossible mission can nonetheless be accomplished through the help of many strangers encountered along the way. Even under extreme difficult social conditions human togetherness emerges.


Chrigu, a young man suffering terminal cancer, documents the process of dying as a part of living, and living as a part of dying. His professional work had been technical support for his friends' Hiphop-band. Their music pulsates throughout the documentary, marking the rhythm of joy and pain, laughter and sadness, life and death. Throughout the process, Chrigu affirms life in his acceptance of the unavoidability of death.

More about the festival

Now in his sixth year as director of the Berlin International Film Festival, Dieter Kosslick takes particular pride in changing the image of the festival each time around. Festival report by Ron Holloway