The runner-up award went to acclaimed Korean filmmaker Hong Sangsoo for “The Novelist’s Film,” a subtle, conversational-themed drama that focuses on a series of encounters by a writer who loves to work. movie. Hong won the award for best director at the Berlinale (the film festival known in Germany) just two years ago. The special jury prize went to “Robe of Gems,” director Natalia López’s debut film set in rural Mexico.
The award for best director went to Claire Denis for “Both Sides of the Blade,” a stinging melodrama starring Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lindon. Laila Stieler won Best Screenplay for the German film “Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush”, a dramatic drama about the real-life legal battle of a German-Turkish woman to get her son released from detention at Guantánamo Bay. The film also later won the festival’s best actor award for Meltem Kaptan, a Cologne comedian who plays Kurnaz. Best Supporting Actor went to Laura Basuki of “Before, Now & Then” for playing a woman who befriends the wife of her lover in 1960s Indonesia.
This year’s festival was dominated by concerns about the coronavirus. Unlike Sundance Film Festival, which was released online in January, Berlinale, co-directed by Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek, stuck with a live event, which included red carpets, press conferences and public screenings, despite reduced capacity and strict testing procedures and masks. (Under a compromise, the festival’s trade fair, the European Film Market, has moved online.)
The decision has provoked opposition from some observers, who worry that, despite the measures, the festival will promote infections and burden Berlin’s hospitals amid a wave of Omicron coronavirus cases. In a commentary for RBBpublic broadcaster, one reviewer said attending the festival would be like playing a game of Russian roulette. Writing in the newspaper Die ZeitAnother commentator, journalist Wenke Husmann, said the decision “sounds like it’s mocking” public health concerns.
Correspondingly, the mood at last week’s opening gala was mellow and a little defensive, as organizers, politicians and entertainers delivered conspiratorial pleas from the stage about the importance of going to the movies. In a speech, Germany’s Culture Minister, Claudia Roth, argued that the experience of attending cinemas is important for social cohesion and democracy, and that, “Without this, We have not only lost each other, but also ourselves.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/movies/berlin-film-festival-alcarras.html ‘Alcarràs’ wins top prize at Berlin Film Festival