With a number of international titles and a record number of guests, this year can easily be considered the Berlinale's best.
Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai Ri Yan Huo) – a Chinese noir film by director Diao Yinan impressed the Berlinale festival jury and won the coveted Golden Bear on Saturday. The film follows the classic plot - a perpetually drunk, jaded former detective (Liao Fan) begins to investigate an old unsolved homicide case after a series of mysterious new murders in a northern Chinese factory district. In a deviation from tradition, Fan won the Silver Bear at the festival for his performance, bringing Black Coal’s award total to two, Variety reports. It’s the only film to win more than one award this year, with the jury spreading the love between several features.
Watch Yinan accept the Golden Bear.
Richard Linklater’s highly anticipated Boyhood, filmed over the course of twelve years, nabbed the Silver Bear for best director. Accepting the award, Linklater thanked the entire crew in making the film: “This prize is for best director but I’ll accept it for best ensemble.” Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize, adding yet another incentive for anyone who hasn’t seen it to get a ticket ASAP. Japanese actress Haru Kuroki was honored for her performance in Yoji Yamada’s Japanese family drama The Little House.
This year was by far the Berlinale Festival’s most successful, with 330,000 tickets sold in total. Over 1,600 guests attended the festival’s closing ceremony on Sunday. Ahead of the official awards ceremony, the Berlinale announced a slew of independent jury and audience awards to other films screening at the festival – all the winners can be found on the Variety website.
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