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62nd Berlin International Film Festival

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Opening film  Les adieux à la reine
Location  Berlin, Germany
Hosted by  Anke Engelke
Closing film  Caesar Must Die
Founded  1951

Awards  Golden Bear (Caesar Must Die)

The 62nd annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 9 to 19 February 2012. British film director Mike Leigh was the President of the Jury. The first five films to be screened in the competition were announced on 19 December 2011. American actress Meryl Streep was presented with the Honorary Golden Bear on 14 February. Benoît Jacquot's film Les adieux à la reine was announced as the opening film. The Golden Bear for Best Film went to the Italian film Caesar Must Die, directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, which also served as closing night film.



The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:

  • Mike Leigh, British film director (Jury president)
  • Anton Corbijn, Dutch photographer and filmmaker
  • Asghar Farhadi, Iranian film director
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg, French-British actress
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, American actor
  • François Ozon, French film director
  • Boualem Sansal, Algerian writer
  • Barbara Sukowa, German actress
  • In competition

    The following films were in competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards:


    The following prizes were awarded by the International Jury:

    Golden Bear for Best Film: Caesar Must Die by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

    The Hollywood Reporter described the outcome as "a major upset". Der Spiegel said it was a "very conservative selection." Der Tagesspiegel criticised the outcome, "The jury shunned almost all the contemporary films that were admired or hotly debated at an otherwise pretty remarkable festival." Paolo Taviani said "We hope that when the film is released to the general public that cinemagoers will say to themselves or even those around them... that even a prisoner with a dreadful sentence, even a life sentence, is and remains a human being". Vittorio Taviani read out the names of the cast.

    Silver Bears

  • Jury Grand Prix: Just the Wind by Benedek Fliegauf
  • Best Director: Christian Petzold for Barbara
  • Best Actress: Rachel Mwanza for War Witch
  • Best Actor: Mikkel Følsgaard for A Royal Affair
  • Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement: Lutz Reitemeier for the photography in White Deer Plain
  • Best Script: Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg for A Royal Affair
  • Alfred Bauer Prize for a work of particular innovation: Tabu by Miguel Gomes
  • Special Award – Silver Bear: Sister by Ursula Meier
  • Honorary Golden Bear

  • Meryl Streep
  • Crystal Bears

  • Generation Kplus (Feature Length Film): Arcadia by Olivia Silver
  • Generation 14plus (Feature Length Film): Night of Silence by Reis Çelik
  • FIPRESCI Prizes

  • Competition: Tabu by Miguel Gomes
  • Panorama: Atomic Age by Héléna Klotz
  • Forum: Hemel by Sacha Polak
  • Golden Bear for Best Short Film: Rafa by João Salaviza


    62nd Berlin International Film Festival Wikipedia

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