Berlinale 60 award winners

Last night, after 10 exciting and film filled days and nights, the 60th Birthday Berlinale came to a close with the grand closing ceremony awarding the prestigious Golden and Silver Bears to the films from the competition section.

German filmmaker and jury president Werner Herzog together with his fellow jury members, Italian director and writer Francesca Comencini, Somali writer Nuruddin Farah, German actress Connie Froboess, Spanish producer José Maria Morales, Chinese actress Yu Nan and American actress Renée Zellweger awarded the following films:

The Golden Bear for the best film, went to HONEY (Bal, 2010) by Turkish filmmaker Semih Kaplanoglu. The Jury Grand Prix, a Silver Bear, was awarded to Rumanian director Florin Serban for his first feature IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE (Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier, 2009), also winning the Alfred Bauer Prize, an award for a particularly innovative work.

Roman Polanski received the Silver Bear for best director for his latest feature THE GHOST WIRTER (2009). Japanese actress Shinobu Terajima was awarded with the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her performance in the Japanese competition entry CATERPILLAR (2010) by Koji Wakamatsu.

HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER (Kak ya provel etim letom, 2010) by Russian filmmaker Alexei Popogrebsky received two Silver Bears; one for best Cinematography by Pavel Kostomarov, and the second Silver Bear went to both actors Grigori Dobrygin and Sergei Puskepalis ex aequo for best male performances. And finally, scriptwriters Wang Quan’an and Na Jin were awarded the Silver Bear for best script for APART TOGETHER (Tuan Yuan, 2009) by Chinese filmmaker Wang Quan’an.

Iranian-born, Swedish director Babak
received the Best First Feature Award 2010.

Please visit Berlinale site for a complete listing of all Berlinale winners, official as well as independent and audience awards.


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Tanja Meding

Tanja Meding :Since moving to New York from Germany in 2003, Tanja Meding has worked as a producer for Maysles Films and other independent production companies. Amongst others, she produced SALLY GROSS-THE PLEASURE OF STILLNESS by Albert Maysles and Kristen Nutile which aired on WNET/Thirteen and Channel 25 and is now available on DVD from Since 2007, Tanja has been producing short films by Rosane Chamecki, Andrea Lerner and Phil Harder: JACKIE & JUDY premiered at DANCE ON CAMERA at LINCOLN CENTER was awarded with a PEARL at the POOL 2010 Festival in Berlin. Upcoming this September is a video installation of two new shorts: BOXING and THE COLLECTION at NY's newly opened New York Live Arts building in Chelsea. In addition, Tanja is the co-producer of Gabriella Bier's LOVE DURING WARTIME, a documentary about an Israeli dancer and her Palestinian husband. The film had its US premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and is distributed in the US through 7th Art Releasing. Furthermore, she is the US co-producer of Pascale Obolo's documentary CALYPSO ROSE, LIONESS OF THE JUNGLE. Currently in development with Claudia Brazzale is RETRACING STEPS, a portrait documentary about a group of international dancers and choreographers and their lives 20 years after they first met in NYC.

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