72nd International Film Festival Berlin

10.02.2022 to 20.02.2022

Opening film: "Peter von Kant" by François Ozon (© C. Bethuel / FOZ)

"Un año, una noche" (One Year, One Night) by Isaki Lacuesta has won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury in the International Competition of the Berlinale 2022. In the Panorama, the jury awarded its prize to the Ukrainian film "Klondike" by Maryna Er Gorbach, in the Forum to "Geographies of Solitude" by Jacquelyn Mills from Canada, which also won the Caligari Film Prize and the CICAE Jury Prize. The Golden Bear went to "Alcarràs" by Carla Simon (Spain, Italy 2022), the Grand Jury Prize to "So-seol-ga-ui yeong hwa" (The Novelist's Film) by Hong Sangsoo from South Korea and the Best Director Award to Claire Denis for "Avec amour et acharnement" (Both Sides of the Blade, France 2021). The Fipresci jury of the International Film Critics awarded "Leonora addio" by Paolo Taviani (Italy 2021) in the Competition, "Bettina" by Lutz Pehnert (Germany 2022) in the Panorama and "Super Natural" by Jorge Jácome (Portugal 2022) in the Forum. The Best Film Award in the Encounters section was given to "Mutzenbacher" by Ruth Beckermann (Austria 2022).

The Berlinale 2022 took place under corona-related protective measures. The festival events were subject to the 2G-Plus rule and masks were compulsory (FFP2 masks), access was only possible with tickets booked online in advance. The competition was shortened to 10-16 February. The awards ceremony took place on 16 February, the remaining four days of the festival were for the non-professional audience. In order to cope with the viewing programme despite the shortened competition period, the Ecumenical Jury has been expanded to nine people, three of whom observed each of the different sections. The festival was opened by a film by François Ozon, "Peter von Kant", which refers to the  Fassbinder film from 1972, "The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant". A total of 18 films was screened in the International Competition.

Link: Festival website


One Year, One Night
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Un año, una noche is broaching the issue of psychological and social effects of the terrorist attack against the discotheque Bataclan/Paris 2015. In an intensive balance between the way of representing human destiny and outstanding artistic intensity in all dimensions of film language and acting, the film represents the long grief process of a young couple, Celine and Ramon, after the attack. The struggle of the main character dealing with Death („He is not the God of the dead, but of the living“, Markus 12,27) is so intimate and intensive that months are needed to accept the reality. From the beginning, Violence is not responded by Hate but by love (Matthew 5,44f). After months of loneliness, relations full of life are again possible.

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Klondike is set during 2014 at the Russian-Ukrainian border. The film begins when a bomb hits that destroys the wall of Irka’s and Tolik’s house. The destroyed wall opens the view onto the surrounding landscape. The village becomes e theatre of war and Irka and Tolik become witnesses of the passenger plane MH17 that was shot down. The Russian-Urkrainian conflict runs through the family since Irka’s brother suspects Tolik of being a Russian separatist. The pregnant Irka refuses to flee while Tolik does everything to protect his wife and the unborn child.

Klondike shows impressively how private happiness is pulled out of joint through war and violence. The film’s staging is outstanding: It concentrates entirely on the characters whoose room of maneuver is more and more minimized by the conflict. The characters act like on a stage. Thereby the film directs our gaze to the existential question of what is more important: to bring yourself to safety or to hold on to your home, and where you find a prospect for new life (Photo: © Kedr Film)

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The Ecumenical Jury of the Berlinale 2022 awards the Forum prize to Geographies of Solitude for documenting the work of Zoe Lucas, who commited her life to collecting and archiving Flora and Fauna on Sable Island, a tiny place far off the coast of Nova Scotia. With remarkable filmic means, immerging into the fibre of biological existence, creating images and sound of tremendous beauty, Mills shows nature on this secluded island as a space of great quiet and of the continuous recreation of life. The discovery that Lucas documents the large amounts of plastic waste in the North Atlantic comes as a shock to the filmmaker and the audience, thus also raising awareness for this dramatic ecological problem. (Photo: © Jacquelyn Mills)