Iranian director Asghar Farhadi with his Golden Bear award

Asghar Farhadi’s “Nader and Simin, A Separation” was the big winner at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival, taking the Golden Bear for best film, with best actor and actress prizes split among the films’ ensemble male and female cast, which included the director’s teenage daughter, Sarina.

About the film: Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. She has already made all the necessary arrangements. Nader, however, is having second thoughts. He is worried about leaving behind his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. For this reason he decides to call off the trip altogether. As a result of Nader’s decision, Simin decides to sue for divorce at the family court. When her request is rejected, however, she refuses to live with Nader, moving instead into her parents’ home. Termeh decides to stay with her father, hoping that her mother will soon come back to live with them. Nader finds it difficult to cope with the new situation – not least because it turns out to be so time-consuming. And so he hires a young woman named Razieh to look after his father. This young woman is pregnant and has accepted the job without her husband’s knowledge. One day, Nader arrives home to find that not only has his father been left alone, he has also been tied to a table! When Razieh returns, a blazing row ensues, the tragic consequences of which not only shatter Nader’s life, but also the image his daughter Termeh has of her father.| Berlin Film Festival

PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY

GOLDEN BEAR FOR THE BEST FILM
Jodaeiye Nader az Simin
Nader And Simin, A Separation by Asghar Farhadi

JURY GRAND PRIX-SILVER BEAR
A torinói ló
The Turin Horse by Béla Tarr

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR
Ulrich Köhler for
Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness) 

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST ACTRESS
to the actress-ensemble in
Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation)  by  Asghar Farhadi

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST ACTOR 
to the actor-ensemble in
Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation)  by  Asghar Farhadi

SILVER BEAR FOR AN OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT
IN THE CATEGORYCAMERA
Wojciech Staron for the camera in
El premio (The Prize) by Paula Markovitch
TIE with
IN THE CATEGORY PRODUCTION DESIGN
Barbara Enriquez for the production design in
El premio (The Prize) by Paula Markovitch

SILVER BEAR FOR THE BEST SCRIPT 
Joshua Marston and
Andamion Murataj for
The Forgiveness Of Blood (The Forgiveness Of Blood) by Joshua Marston
ALFRED BAUER PRIZE, awarded in memory of the Festival founder, for a work of particular innovation
Wer wenn nicht wir
If Not Us, Who by Andres Veiel

BEST FIRST FEATURE JURY

BEST FIRST FEATURE AWARD, endowed with 50.000 Euros, founded by GWFF
On the Ice
On the Ice by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean

SPECIAL MENTION
The Guard
The Guard by John Michael McDonagh

and
Die Vaterlosen
The Fatherless by Marie Kreutzer

PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM JURY

GOLDEN BEAR
Paranmanjang
Night Fishing by PARKing CHANce (PARK Chan-wook, PARK Chan-kyong)

THE JURY PRIZE – SILVER BEAR 
Pu-Seo-Jin Bam
Broken Night by Yang Hyo-joo

SPECIAL MENTION

Fragen an meinen Vater
Questions to my Father by Konrad Mühe

EFA SHORT FILM NOMINEE BERLIN 
Återfödelsen 
The Unliving by Hugo Lilja

DAAD SHORT FILM PRIZE
La Ducha 
The Shower by Maria José San Martín

PRIZES OF THE JURIES GENERATION

Children’s Jury Generation Kplus

CRYSTAL BEAR FOR THE BEST FILM 
Keeper’n til Liverpool
The Liverpool Goalie by Arild Andresen

SPECIAL MENTION
Mabul
The Flood by Guy Nattiv

CRYSTAL BEAR FOR THE BEST SHORT FILM 
Lily
Lily by Kasimir Burgess

SPECIAL MENTION
Minnie Loves Junior
Minnie Loves Junior by Andy Mullins, Matthew Mullins

Youth Jury Generation 14plus

CRYSTAL BEAR FOR THE BEST FILM 
On the Ice
On the Ice by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean

SPECIAL MENTION
Apflickorna
She Monkeys by Lisa Aschan

CRYSTAL BEAR FOR THE BEST SHORT FILM 
Manurewa
Manurewa by Sam Peacocke

SPECIAL MENTION
Get Real!
Get Real! by Evert de Beijer

International Jury Generation Kplus

THE GRAND PRIX OF THE DEUTSCHES KINDERHILFSWERK FOR THE BEST FILM
Jutro bedzie lepiej
Tomorrow will be better by Dorata Kedzierzawska

SPECIAL MENTION
Keeper’n til Liverpool
The Liverpool Goalie by Arild Andresen

THE SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE DEUTSCHES KINDERHILFSWERK FOR THE BEST SHORT FILM
Land Of The Heroes
Land Of The Heroes by Sahim Omar Kalifa

SPECIAL MENTION
Dimanche
Sunday by Patrick Doyon

 

INDEPENDENT JURIES

PRIZES OF THE ECUMENICAL JURY 
Competition: Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation), by Asghar Farhadi

Special Mention: The Forgiveness Of Blood (The Forgiveness Of Blood), by Joshua Marston

Panorama:  Lo Roim Alaich (Invisible), by Michal Aviad
Special Mention: Barzakh (Barzakh), by Mantas Kvedaravicius

Forum:  En terrains connus (Familiar Grounds), by Stéphane Lafleur
Special Mention:  De Engel van Doel (An Angel in Doel), by Tom Fassaert

FIPRESCI PRIZES
Competition: A torinói ló (The Turin Horse), by Béla Tarr
Panorama: Dernier étage gauche gauche (Top Floor Left Wing), by Angelo Cianci
Forum: Heaven’s Story (Heaven’s Story), by Zeze Takahisa

PRIZE OF THE GUILD OF GERMAN ART HOUSE CINEMAS
Wer wenn nicht wir (If Not Us, Who), by Andres Veiel

C.I.C.A.E. PRIZE
Panorama: Here (Here), by Braden King
Forum: Amnistia (Amnesty), by Bujar Alimani

LABEL EUROPA CINEMAS
Über uns das All (Above Us Only Sky), by Jan Schomburg

TEDDY AWARDS
Best Feature Film: Ausente (Absent), by Marco Berger
Best Documentary Film: The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye), by Marie Losier
Best Short Film: Generations (Generations), by Barbara Hammer, Gina Carducci TIE with Maya Deren’s  Sink (Maya Deren’s  Sink), by Barbara Hammer
Teddy Jury Award:  Tomboy (Tomboy), by Céline Sciamma

DIALOGUE EN PERSPECTIVE, endowed by the German-French Youth Office
Die Ausbildung (The Education), by Dirk Lütter

CALIGARI FILM PRIZE
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye), by Marie Losier

NETPAC PRIZE
Heaven’s Story (Heaven’s Story), by Zeze Takahisa

Special Mention
Halaw (Ways of the Sea), by Sheron Dayoc

PEACE FILM AWARD 
Jutro bedzie lepiej (Tomorrow will be better), by Dorota Kedzierzawska

Special Mention
Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation), by Asghar Farhadi

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL FILM PRIZE
Barzakh (Barzakh), by Mantas Kvedaravicius

FEMINA FILM PRIZE
Julia Brandes for the costume in Lollipop Monster (Lollipop Monster) by Ziska Riemann (Perspektive Deutsches Kino)

CINEMA FAIRBINDET PRIZE
Bad o Meh (Wind & Fog), by Mohammad Ali Talebi

READERS’ JURIES AND AUDIENCE AWARDS

PanoramaAudienceAward PPP – fiction film
También la lluvia (Even The Rain), by Icíar Bollaín

PanoramaAudienceAward PPP – documentary film
Im Himmel, Unter der Erde. Der Jüdische Friedhof Weißensee (In Heaven Underground – The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery), by Britta Wauer

BERLINER MORGENPOST READERS’ PRIZE
Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation), by Asghar Farhadi

TAGESSPIEGEL READERS’ PRIZE
Nesvatbov (Matchmaking Mayor), by Erika Hníková

SIEGESSÄULE READERS’ AWARD
Stadt Land Fluss (Harvest), by Benjamin Cantu

PRIZE OF THE BERLINALE TALENT CAMPUS

SCORE COMPETITION
Felix Rösch (Germany)

BERLIN TODAY AWARD
Kyoko Miyake (UK/Japan) for Hackney Lullabies (Hackney Lullabies)

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