Italian film Caesar Must Die capped a good week, taking the Berlin International Film Festival’s top honor the Golden Bear as best film today. Yesterday, Adopt Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to the “semi-documentary,” set in Rome’s high-security Rebibbia prison and centering on the rehearsal, staging, and performing of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar — a production cast with actual prison inmates.
In other key awards handed out Saturday in the German capital, Hungarian director Bence Fliegauf’s Just The Wind won the second prize, the Silver Bear. The film takes a look at a group of Roma who face attack and discrimination. Caesar and Wind were two of 18 films competing at the 62nd Berlin festival, which kicked off February 9. Other winners include German director Christian Petzold, who took best director for his film Barbara; a Best Actress win for Rachel Mwanza in Rebelle (War Witch), by Kim Nguyen; and Best Actor for Mikkel Boe Følsgaard in En Kongelig Affære (A Royal Affair), by Nikolaj Arcel. The Silver Bear for Best Script went to Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg for Affair.
A couple of Sundance titles also took prizes: Matthew Akers’ Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present won the Audience Award in the Berlinale’s Panorama section, while Ira Sachs’ Keep The Lights On took the Teddy Award honoring the best gay-centered film. Here’s the complete list of winners:
GOLDEN BEAR FOR THE BEST FILM
Cesare deve morire (Caesar Must Die)
by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
JURY GRAND PRIX-SILVER BEAR
Csak a szél (Just The Wind)
by Bence Fliegauf
SILVER BEAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR
Christian Petzold for Barbara (Barbara)
SILVER BEAR FOR BEST ACTRESS
Rachel Mwanza in Rebelle (War Witch) by Kim Nguyen
SILVER BEAR FOR BEST ACTOR
Mikkel Boe Følsgaard in En Kongelig Affære (A Royal Affair) by Nikolaj Arcel