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Saturday, February 19, 2005

BERLIN AWARDS U-CARMEN AND KONG QUE TOP AWARDS


Julie Jentsch in Sophie Scholl
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Berlin International film Festival announced top prizes for the South African "U-Carmen" Marc Dornford-May's remake of the classic Carmen opera set to South Africa and the Silver Bear went to Gu Changwei's "Kong Que" (Peacock) Chinese film about an ordinary small town working class family, the sibling brother and sister trials in love and marriage.

European films stood out at this years Berlin, most notably the German film "Sophie Scholl--The Final Days" about the heroic battle of a Munich students arrest, show trial and conviction on the heals of Nazi power winning prizes for Best director to Marc Rothemund and best actress to Julia Jentsch; and Henry Abu-Assads "Paradise Now" the story of two long-time friends who become Palestinian suicide bombers winning the Blue Angel for best European film and the Morgenpost Reader's Prize.

Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming Liang gained special attention for his script "Tian Bian Yi Duo Yun" (The Wayward Cloud) in a story about a young woman who returns to Taipei hoping to resume her romance with a watch-salesman only to find he changed careers. After their tender romance and daily trysts resume, we discover the watch salesman has become an actor in porno movies being made in an neighboring apartement in the building where she lives. The film is interlaced with imaginative music sequences and mysterious characters that occupy the apartment.

BERLIN AWARDS AND HONORS:

GOLDEN BEAR FOR BEAST FILM
"U-Carmen eKhayelitsha" (South Africa) by Marc Dornford-May

SILVER BEAR JURY GRAND PRIZE
"Kong Que" (Peacock) (China) by Gu Changwei

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR
Marc Rothemund for "Sophie Scholl - Die Letzen Tage" (Sophie Scholl - The Final Days) (Germany)

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST ACTOR
Lou Taylor Pucci "Thumbsucker" (US)

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST ACTRESS
Julia Jentsch for "Sophie Scholl -- Die Letzen Tage"

SILVER BEAR FOR OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION
Tsai Ming Liang for his script "Tian Bian Yi Duo Yun" (The Wayward Cloud)

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST FILM MUSIC
Alexandre Desplat for "De Battre Mon Coeur S'Est Arrete" (The Beat That My Heart Skipped)

BLUE ANGEL AWARD FOR BEST EUROPEAN FILM
Hany Abu-Assad's "Paradise Now"

CRYSTAL BEAR FOR BEST CHILDRENS FEATURE FILM
"Bluebird", directed by Mijke de Jong

CRYSTAL BEAR FOR BEST CHILDREN FEATURE FILM (14 Plus)
"Voces Inocentes" (Innocent Voices) directed by Luis Mandoki

FIPRESCI PRIZE (Competition)
"Tian Bian Yi Duo Yun" (The Wayward Cloud), directed by Tsai Ming Liang

FIPRESCI PRIZE (Panorama)
"Massker" (Massacre), directed by Monika Borgmann, Lokman Slim, Hermann Theissen

FIPRESCI PRIZE (Forum)
"Niu Pi" (Oxhide), directed by Liu Jiayin

BERLINER MORGANPOST READER'S PRIZE
"Paradise Now", directed by Hany Abu-Assad

ALFRED BAUER PRIZE (for taking the art of film in a new direction)
"Tian Bian Yi Duo Yun" (The Wayward Cloud) by Tsai Ming Liang

Members of the International Jury:
Roland Emmerich (Jury President, Germany)
Ingeborga Dapkunaite (Lithuania)
Bai Ling (China)
Franka Potente (Germany)
Wouter Barendrecht (Netherlands)
Nino Cerruti (Italy)
Andrei Kurkov (Ukraine)

SILVER BEAR JURY PRIZE FOR SHORT FILM
"The Intervention" by Jay Duplass

SILVER BEAR JURY PRIZE FOR SHORT FILM
"Jam Session" by Izabela Plucinska

SPECIAL MENTION
DON KHISHOT BE'YERUSHALAIM | Don Quixote in Jerusalem by Dani Rosenberg

Members of the International Shorts Jury:
Gabriela Tagliavini (Argentina)
Marten Rabarts (New Zealand)
Susan Korda (USA)

PANORAMA SHORT FILM JURY AWARD
"Green Bush" by Warwick Thornton

PANORAMA SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
"Tama Tu" by Taika Waititi

PANORAMA AUDIENCE AWARD
"Va, Vis Et Deviens" (Live and Become), directed by Radu Mihaieanu

PANORAMA AUDIENCE SHORT FILM AWARD
"Hoi Maya" (Hi Maya), directed by Claudia Lorenz

PANORAMA JURY SPECIAL MENTION
Rhee Young-ran for her role in the film SARA JEANNE by Kim Seong-Sooks

PANORAMA JURY SPECIAL MENTION
"Bikini" by Lasse Persson

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