Berlin 2011
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Berlin 2011

The Ecumenical Jury’s Prize in Competition was awarded to Jodaeiye Nader Az Simin (Nader and Simin, A Separation) directed by Asghar Farhadi (Iran, 2011).This film powerfully dramatises conflicts associated with family life and living in Iran, addressing its subject-matter with equality, respect, and sincerity. Nader and Simin: A Separation also won the Festival’s top prize, the Golden Bear.
The Ecumenical Jury’s Prize in Panorama was awarded to Lo Roim Alaich (Invisible) directed by Michael Aviad (Israel/Germany, 2011). This film deals with women’s rape – a major and frequent social problem of physical and mental trauma. It depicts with empathy, and brilliant psychological relevance, the complex feelings and behaviour of two victims who meet by chance.
The Ecumenical Jury’s Prize in Forum was awarded to En Terrains Connus (Familiar Ground) directed by Stephane Lafleur (Canada, 2011).This film is structurally original in showing how “accidents” can alter human relationships. It is innovative in drawing warm and human comic moments out of an alienated world where relationships are fragile. Its dialogue is sparse and well-controlled, and the soundtrack integrates very effectively with the film’s visual imagery.
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