Refresh to last…: The Berlin Film Festival unveils its competition winners this afternoon after five days of virtual screenings. Given the ongoing pandemic, this year was a hybrid event that included the European Film Market and the competition films made available only to industry delegates and the international jury from March 1-5. Berlin intends to hold an audience-focused festival in June, when the films will be shown on the big screen. Also at this time, a physical awards ceremony should take place so that today’s winners can be honored in person.
German authorities said on Wednesday this week that the country’s lockdown was extended until March 28, while some easing of Covid restrictions would continue in the coming weeks. This includes the potential reopening of theaters from March 22, depending on the rate of new coronavirus infections.
The Berlin competition lineup this year included titles from filmmakers such as Korea’s Hong Sangsoo (introduction), Frenchwoman Céline Sciamma (Little mom) and Xavier Beauvois (Drift away), Romanian Radu Jude (Bad Luck Banging Or Loony Porn) and German Maria Speth (Mr. Bachmann and his class) and Maria Schrader (I am your man). Daniel Bruhl also made his directorial debut with The next door.
The international jury is made up of six former Gold Bear winners. They are: Mohammad Rasoulof (Iran), Nadav Lapid (Israel), Adina Pintilie (Romania), Ildikó Enyedi (Hungary), Gianfranco Rosi (Italy) and Jasmila Žbanić.
The winners of the Dating section are also announced today.
Check back below for the winners as they are announced: