Călin Peter Netzer’s ‘Child’s Pose’ takes Berlinale 2013 Golden Bear
The 63rd Berlinale (Feb. 7-17), the world’s largest international film festival, has announced this year’s winners.
GOLDEN BEAR for the Best Film
by Călin Peter Netzer
JURY GRAND PRIX (Silver Bear)
Epizoda u životu berača željeza
(An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker)
by Danis Tanović
ALFRED BAUER PRIZE (Silver Bear) – in memory of the Festival Founder –
for a feature film that opens new perspectives
Vic+Flo ont vu un ours
(Vic + Flo Saw a Bear)
by Denis C.t.
AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR (Silver Bear)
David Gordon Green for
AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS (Silver Bear)
Paulina García in
Gloria (Gloria) by Sebastián Lelio
AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR (Silver Bear)
Nazif Mujić in
Epizoda u životu berača željeza (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker) by Danis Tanović
AWARD FOR BEST SCRIPT (Silver Bear)
Jafar Panahi for
Pardé (Closed Curtain) by Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi
See complete list of winners at berlinale.de.
Berlinale rolled out the red carpet for thousands of film buffs, and an onslaught of stars and media over the past week. Nothing mattered in Berlin as much as how to take in as many films as possible of the over 400 offered. Nineteen of them, from 13 countries, made it into the Competition, the showcase for the big international productions for the festival’s ultimate prize, the Golden Bear (Goldener Bär) and several Silver Bears (Silberne Baeren) awarded for specific disciplines. The other films (many times the more interesting ones) vied for worldwide attention and ultimate distribution in movie theatres around the globe. They were full-length movies, documentaries and shorts, selected in typical Berlinale tradition for their relevance to pressing societal and political issues.
This year, as festival director Dieter Kosslick put it, emphasis was on highlighting the more subtle changes and problems that arose for people from the increasingly uncertain living circumstances and dislocations of societies and political systems. The large number of women directors (87 altogether, three in the Competition) reflected, according to Kosslick, that women may be better in depicting the damages in our degenerate societies.
This year, besides diversity in judgment there was a shift in focus, away from the monumental productions and towards the smaller budget and independent films. The U.S. movies in the Competition reflected this trend. David Gordon Green received the Silver Bear for best Director for Prince Avalanche, a laconic comedy on loneliness that deals with two societal outsiders thrown together repairing street signage in a burnt down forest area in Texas (the movie was filmed in Austin).
Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land, a timely political thriller about fracking, with Matt Damon playing a natural gas company salesman, received an Honorable Mention.
Steven Soderbergh’s psycho thriller Side Effects, about the manipulative power and financial lure medical drugs can yield, lost out on any prize.
Another U.S. submission, though out of competition, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, by Fredrik Bond with Shia LaBeouf, received a lukewarm reception.
Organizers and fans were disappointed that Iranian director Jafar Panahi couldn’t attend the opening of his film Pardé (Closed Curtain), which received the Silver Bear for Best Script. While forbidden to make a movie in Iran for two years, the well-known director had nevertheless succeeded in filming in his own villa. The public and the critics liked his call to perseverance and freedom, although, as a film, it had obvious shortcomings.
The big Bear prizes all went to foreign movies. The biggest prize, the Golden Bear for best movie, was awarded to the Romanian film Poziţia Copilului (Child’s Pose) by Călin Peter Netzer, a mother-son conflict illuminating the corruptness of people and the system and the feeble emergence of feelings against all odds. It was shown as the highlight at the awards gala on February 16, 2013 at the Berlinale Palace on Potsdamer Platz.
Two Silver Bears, one for the Big Prize of the Jury and the other one for best actor (Nazif Mujić) were received by the Serbian film Episoda u żivotu berača željeza (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker). It tells the story of the horrifying treatment that Romanian Gypsies, or Roma, have to endure.
The Silver Bear for Best Actress went to Paulina García, the absolute darling of the public this year. She received it for her depiction of Gloria, an aging woman who demands fun in her life despite all kinds of downturns in the Chilean/Spanish co-production Gloria by Sebastián Lelio.
— Angelika Jansen