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Berlin Film Festival Winners (Updating Live)



The awards ceremony for the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale, has kicked off in the German capital.

Berlinale Jury President Kristen Stewart and her jury of five women and two men will pick the winners of this year’s Golden and Silver Berlin Bears from the 19 films in competition. A separate jury will select the winners of Berlin’s Encounters sidebar.

Alongside Stewart, the other members of the Berlinale Competition jury include Iranian-French actress Golshifteh Farahani, Romanian filmmaker Radu Jude, Spanish director Carla Simón, Hong Kong director Johnnie To, German director Valeska Grisebach, and US casting director and producer Francine Maisler.

There are no obvious frontrunners at the 73rd Berlinale. Berlin’s Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian and Executive Director Mariëtte Rissenbeek have picked a broad and eclectic mix of movies this year that have delighted and divided critics in equal measure.

Some of the best-reviewed films of the 2023 selection include Celine Song’s romantic drama Past Lives, about two childhood friends from South Korea who reconnect in New York 20 years later; Angela Schanelec’s Music, a modern-day reimagining of the Oedipus myth; Rolf de Heer’s provocative dystopian Australian-set fable The Survival of Kindness; and Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren’s 20,000 Species of Bees, a family drama centered around a Spanish 8-year-old who is starting to transition. But Berlin juries are notorious for confounding the oddsmakers, often throwing up unsuspected and controversial Golden Bear winners.

Politics could likely play a role in the jury’s decision. Berlin, always the most political of the big festivals, has doubled down on that image this year, focusing on several current and hot-button topics, including the ongoing protests in Iran, the devastation caused by the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, and , above all, the ongoing war in Ukraine. A video message from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky opened this year’s Berlinale, and on the final night, a woman took to the red carpet to wave the Ukraine flag, a sign of defiance a year and a day after Russia launched its full-scale invasion of the country.

Berlin was the first major film festival to introduce gender-neutral acting awards and hands out a single prize for best leading performance and one for best supporting performance.

This year’s honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement was given to Steven Spielberg.

You can watch the livestream of the awards ceremony on the Berlinale’s YouTube channel below.

Full list of Berlinale 2023 award winners.

Golden Bear for Best Film

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize

Silver Bear Jury Prize

Silver Bear for Best Director

Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance

Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution

Encounters Awards

Best Movie
Best director
Special Jury Award

GWFF Best First Feature Award

Berlinale Documentary Award

Berlinale Short Film Awards

Best Short Film
Silver Bear Jury Prize
Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards

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