Berlin 2012

By Philip Lee on February 23, 2012
The Ecumenical Jury at this year's Berlinale awarded its prize in the International Competition to Cesare deve morire (Caesar Must Die) directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Italy, 2011). "In the world of prison life the power of freedom through art superbly is manifested by inmates of maximum security re-enacting Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Their gripping discoveries of character similarities arouse compassion for the human condition."
The Jury awarded a Commendation to Rebelle (War Witch) directed by Kim Nguyen (Canada, 2012). "The horror of a young girl’s life when taken from her village by rebels to be trained as a child soldier is depicted by scenes of Congo warfare softened by the sweet innocence of a youthful love. Komona, the girl and war witch, escapes this existence to provide a message of redeeming hope." rebelle
In the Panorama section, the Jury gave its prize to Die Wand (The Wall) directed by Julian Roman Pölsler (Austria/Germany, 2011). "The film tells the story of a woman mysteriously trapped inside transparent walls near an alpine cabin which shut her off from human companionship and require physical labour to survive. The film’s original and atmospheric cinematography accompanies an intense solo performance by Martina Gedeck. Through her care for animals and a solitary immersion in nature she moves beyond chaotic self-preoccupation towards a liberating though sober understanding of love as a unifying and humanizing power."

February 23, 2012
Categories:  Cinema|Awards

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