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BERLINALE 2021 Awards

The Berlinale announces the winners of the Generation and Shorts sections

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- BERLINALE 2021: The Fam by Switzerland’s Fred Baillif has received the Generation 14Plus Grand Prix, while Olga Lucovnicova’s short My Uncle Tudor won the Golden Bear

The Berlinale announces the winners of the Generation and Shorts sections
The Fam by Fred Baillif

The pandemic, express edition of the Berlinale has already started announcing its award winners. After having kicked off its industry and press event on Monday, it’s now turn for the juries of the Generation and Berlinale Shorts sections to announce their verdicts.

Weighing up a selection of a total of 15 feature films, and with one jury for both competitions, owing to the pandemic, the members of the International Jury for Generation – German actress Jella Haase, Dutch director Mees Peijnenburg and German director Melanie Waelde – announced The Fam [+see also:
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by Swiss director Fred Baillif as the winner of the Grand Prix for the Best Film in the Generation 14Plus strand. The jury statement reads, “Like a rushing, energetic, pulsing heartbeat, this film pushes its characters and viewers with brutal honesty through different stories and incidents. Carried by captivating and strong acting performances, it never loses its balance between power and vulnerability. The film pulls you in, never lets go and hits straight to the heart.” The movie was produced by Freshprod and RTS.

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Alongside this award, the jury announced a Special Mention for Dash Shaw’s Cryptozoo (USA).

As for the Generation KPlus section, the winner of the Grand Prix for Best Film was Summer Blur by Chinese director Han Shuai, while a Special Mention went to A School in Cerro Hueso by Argentina’s Betania Cappato.

Meanwhile, the International Short Film Jury, including Egyptian artist Basim Magdy, Austrian cinematographer Christine A Maier and German actor Sebastian Urzendowsky, bestowed the Golden Bear for Best Short Film upon Olga Lucovnicova’s documentary My Uncle Tudor (Belgium/Portugal/Hungary). According to the jury, the director “leads us through the complexity of unravelling a childhood trauma. Her personal courage, combined with cinematic mastery, creates a film that is both powerful and emotionally layered.” The Silver Bear Jury Prize went to Chinese director Zhang Dalei’s fiction film Day Is Done.

The jury also selected the animated film Easter Eggs (Belgium/France/Netherlands), directed by Nicolas Keppens, as Berlin’s candidate for the upcoming European Film Awards.

Here is the list of award winners:

Generation

Generation 14plus

Grand Prix for Best Film
The Fam [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Fred Baillif
film profile
]
- Fred Baillif (Switzerland)

Special Mention
Cryptozoo - Dash Shaw (USA)

Generation Kplus

Grand Prix for Best Film
Summer Blur - Han Shuai (China)

Special Mention
A School in Cerro Hueso - Betania Cappato (Argentina)

Berlinale Shorts

Golden Bear for Best Short Film
My Uncle Tudor (Nanu Tudor) - Olga Lucovnicova (Belgium/Portugal/Hungary)

Silver Bear Jury Prize
Day Is Done (Xia Wu Guo Qu Le Yi Ban) - Zhang Dalei (China)

Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards
Easter Eggs - Nicolas Keppens (Belgium/France/Netherlands)

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