Berlinale – awards & photo competition


The last couple of days of the festival went quickly by. I wanted to try as many venues
as possible, to try to enrich my theater experience as well as wander around various neighborhoods, with my Berlinale bag on my shoulder.


Filmstill from: Child’s Pose


I decided to watch the award ceremony on a big screen outside the Sony Center, in the square where Cinestar theater, one of the venues of the festival. I unfortunately didn’t get the chance to see many of them during the festival, but I really enjoyed watching this outdoor screening, even though the screen itself was a little to pixlated for my taste. The Golden Bear (Berlinale main prize) was awarded to Calin Peter Netzer’s Romanian drama Child’s Pose a film about a egocentric mother struggling to save her lost son.


The Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear award was awarded to Danis Tanovic’s Bosnian film, An Episode in the Live of an Iron Picker  (2013).

The Silver Bear for best director was awarded to American David Gordon Green, the director of Prince Avalanche, which is an American remake of the Icelandic film Either Way (Á annan veg) by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson. The Original was much better in my opinion, portraying characthers and atmosphere that will live for a long time in my film- memory.


Filmstill from: Prince Avalanche

closed curtain still

Filmstill from: Closed Curtain

The best Screenplay was awarded with the Silver Bear, the Iranian film Closed Curtain by Jafar Panahi (2013).

The Panorama Audience Award went to narrative feature by Felix van Groeningen –  The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012), and documentary by Joshua Oppenheimer, The Act of Killing (2012). In the Panorama category on this years Berlinale, there were 52 productions from 33 countries.

The members of the 2013 International Jury were: Wong Kar Wai (President), Susanne Bier, Tim Robbins, Shirin Neshat, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Andreas Dresen and Ellen Kuras.



I decided to attend a photo exhibition “Close up” whereas fourteen young photographers showcased their result, after they had been given the task of  presenting their personal view of the 63rd Berlinale in all its diversity—the red carpet, glamorous film stars, audience impressions, and various other things. With a special accreditation, the participants had the opportunity to try out their skills as professional photojournalists every day from 7th to 17th February 2013 at the Red Carpet and at a variety of special events. I had a great time, sneaking a camera out of my pocket taking photos of the guests. This was a fun ending to my great Berlinale experience, I am defiantly going again next year. Viva la Berlinale!


And Yes. I am going to watch An Episode in the Live of an Iron Picker as soon as I get the chance to. I am so excited about that title.

Words: Ása Baldursdóttir
Photos: Ása Baldursdóttir and Veera Pitkanen