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Spanish agricultural drama “Alcaraz” wins the Berlin International Film Festival

Spanish director and screenwriter Carla Simon poses during a photocall after winning the Golden Bear Best Film Award for the movie “Alcalas” after the awards ceremony of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival in Berlin. Take.

The 72nd Berlin Film Festival awarded the Golden Bear Grand Prize on Wednesday for the semi-autobiographical drama “Alcalas” directed by Carla Simon of Spain. This year’s Berlin International Film Festival was held face-to-face for the first time in two years, but it was a shorter competition than usual due to strict restrictions on the audience, just as the Covid-19 infection peaked in Germany. .. There were 18 films from 15 countries competing for the Golden Bear, and the jury was led by Indian-born American director M. Knight Shamaran (“The Sixth Sense”). “Without their intimacy with the world, we wouldn’t have been able to tell this story,” Simon, 35, offered a prize to her family.

Posing on the red carpet with the Silver Bear Award-winning German-Turkish actress Meltem Captan (left) and the movie “Ravier Krunaz Gegen George W. Bush” (Ravier Krunaz vs. George W. Bush).

The Berlin International Film Festival is the third major European film festival to award the highest award to female directors, following last year’s Cannes and Venice. German and Turkish comedian Meltem Captan, 41, won her second gender-neutral acting award at her festival for her performance at Ravieklna’s vs. George W. Bush. A film directed by Andreas Dresen of Germany tells the true story of her mother’s fight to bring his son back from Guantanamo Bay. Kaptan dedicated this award “to all mothers who love more than borders.”

French director and screenwriter Clare Dennis poses after winning the Silver Bear Award for Best Director in her film “Avec amour et acharnement” (both sides of the blade).

“Sly humor”

Six of the festival’s seven best awards were given to women, including Gong, the best director award clinched by Claire Doni of France on “both sides of the blade.” A tense pandemic love story, the film starring Juliette Binoche as a woman sandwiched between two men, her longtime partner Jean and her elusive ex-Francois. .. The Hollywood Reporter called it “smart, moody, and brilliantly performed soap opera,” and Screen Daily in the UK said Vincent Lindon, who plays Vinosh and co-star Jean, “is at the top of their game.” “. The modest drama “Novelist Movie” directed by South Korean director Hong Sang-soo, who happened to meet again in the suburbs of Seoul, won second place.

Korean director and screenwriter Hong Sang-soo and Korean actress and production manager Kim Min-hee pose on the red carpet outside the Berlinale Palace with Silver Bear as a jury member of the movie “Sosorga Wyonghwa”. Take'(novelist).

Variety called it a “gentle detour, conversation-driven charmer,” and the Hollywood Reporter praised its “sly humor and insight into the anxieties of the artistic process.” The third prize was given to the gritty Mexican crime drama “Robe of Gems” by writer and director Natalia Lopez Gallardo, who explores the trauma given to Mexican families when their relatives went missing. The Best Screenplay Award was given to Laila Stieler for the work “Ravier Krunaz vs George W. Bush”. “Everything is fine”, the exploration of Cambodia’s future Licy Pan in Dystopia, where animals enslaved humans and hijacked the world, won a silver bear for her artistic contribution. And the meditation “Sky Fragments” about the death and loss of Michael Koch, set in the Alps, received a special mention.

At the photocall after the award ceremony of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival, Korean director and screenwriter Hong Sang-soo poses with Silver Bear as a major judge of the movie “Sosorga Wyonghwa”.

“Family struggle”

Set in Catalonia, Alcaraz follows the story of Salz, a close, large family who spends the summer in a small village orchard picking peaches. But when they are threatened with evictions due to new land plans, such as logging peach trees or installing solar panels, families begin to fall apart. Julie Chief Shyamalan can admire the cast of non-professional actors in the film, “demonstrating family tenderness and struggle” and “relying on our connections and the land around us.” Said that.

Variety called it a “nice and bittersweet agricultural drama” and praised Simon’s “warm affinity for this alternating dry, lush landscape.” Simon, who grew up in the village of Alcaraz and also grows peaches, dedicated the award to “a small family of farmers who cultivate the land every day so that this food reaches our dishes.” “I don’t think this farming method has much future,” Simon told AFP prior to the movie’s premiere on Tuesday. “There are few price restrictions, and more and more large companies are engaged in agriculture … Only organic farming is a kind of farming that is difficult to do in a big way, so there is hope.” — AFP.

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