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'Child's Pose' Wins Golden Bear for Best Film at 2013 Berlinale

February 17, 2013, 1:22 am GMT

While the Romanian drama on corruption and guilt grabs Best Film, David Gordon Green takes home Best Director and Paulina Garcia gets Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival.



The top prize of 2013 Berlin International Film Festival goes to Romanian drama "Child's Pose". The movie that gives an insight into corruption endemic in the country was chosen by a panel of judges led by filmmaker Wong Kar-wai as a winner of Golden Bear for Best Film Saturday, February 16.

The movie is directed by Calin Peter Netzer. It revolves around a wealthy domineering woman who sees a chance to regain control over her adult son when he faces manslaughter charges in a fatal accident. The woman uses her social position in Romanian upper class to try to save him from jail.

"The starting-point of this film is my relationship with my mother, but the rest is fiction," Netzer told German television of his inspiration for the dramatic tale. "She has seen it, and she even liked it."

Best Director was awarded to U.S. filmmaker David Gordon Green for his work on comedy "Prince Avalanche", a remake of Icelandic film "Either Way". It's about two road workers who develop an unlikely friendship while whiling their way through a long, monotonous summer.

Best Actress prize was handed to Chile actress Paulina Garcia for her title role in "Gloria". She plays a 58-year-old divorcee who's determined to find happiness as she's bouncing from one party for the singles to another while struggling to overcome disappointment.

Gus Van Sant-directed movie about shale gas drilling, "Promised Land" were among the Special Mentions. The Matt Damon-starring drama, though didn't win any award, was lauded along with some other films for "the integrity of their vision and their conviction that cinema can make a difference."

  • Golden Bear for Best Film: "Child's Pose" by Calin Peter Netzer (Romania)
  • Silver Bear for Best Director: David Gordon Green for "Prince Avalanche"
  • Jury Grand Prix: "An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker" by Danis Tanovic (Bosnia)
  • Silver Bear for Best Actress: Paulina Garcia for "Gloria"
  • Alfred Bauer Prize: "Vic+Flo Saw a Bear" by Denis Cote (Canada)
  • Silver Bear for Best Screenplay: "Closed Curtain" Jafar Panahi (Iran)
  • Silver Bear for Artistic Contribution: Aziz Zhambakiyev for cinematography on "Harmony Lessons"
  • Special Mention: "Promised Land" by Gus Van Sant
  • Special Mention: "Layla Fourie" by Pia Marais
  • First Feature Award: "The Rocket" Kim Mourdant (Australia)
Best Short:
  • Golden Bear: "The Runaway" Jean-Bernard Marlin (France)
  • Silver Bear: "Remains Quiet" Stefan Kriekhaus (Germany)
  • First Feature Award: "The Rocket" Kim Mourdant (Australia)
Teddy Awards:
  • Best Feature Film: "In the Name of -- " by Malgoska Szumowska (Poland)
  • Best Documentary Film: "Bambi" by Sebastien Lifshitz (France)
  • Best Short Film: "Undress Me" Victor Lindgren (Sweden)
  • Special Jury Award: "Concussion" by Stacie Passon (U.S.)
Crystal Bears for Generation 14plus:
  • Best Film: "Baby Blues" by Kasia Roslaniec (Poland)
  • Special Mention: "Pluto" by Shin Su-won (South Korea)
  • Best Short Film: "Rabbitland" by Ana Nedeljkovic, Nikola Majdak (Serbia)
  • Special Mention: "Treffit" by Jenni Toivoniemi (Finland)
Crystal Bears for Generation Kplus:
  • Best Film: "The Rocket" by Kim Mordaunt (Australia)
  • Special Mention: "Satellite Boy" by Catriona McKenzie (Australia)
  • Best Short Film: "The Amber Amulet" by Matthew Moore (Australia)
  • Special Mention: "Hedgehogs and the City" by Evalds Lacis (Latvia)
  • Dialogue en perspective Prize: "Two Mothers" by Anne Zohra Berrached (Germany)


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