The votes are in and the 20th Panorama Audience Awards of the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival go to Profile by Timur Bekmambetov for best fiction film and The Silence of Others by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar for best documentary.
In Profile, a journalist investigating the recruitment of young women for ISIS falls under the spell of a Jihadist – a story entirely told on a computer screen. Director Timur Bekmambetov has previously been a guest of the Berlinale Special with his films Night Watch (2005) and Day Watch (2007). In the documentary The Silence of Others, directors Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar tackle the issue of justice in Spain, after a 1977 amnesty law prohibited the prosecution of the regime’s perpetrators.
The Panorama Audience Award has been given since 1999. Since 2011, not only the best fiction film but also the best documentary films have received awards. During the festival, moviegoers are asked to rate the films shown in Panorama on voting cards after the screenings. In 2018 a total of 26,000 votes were cast and counted.
This year Panorama presented 47 feature-length films from 40 countries, of which 20 screened in the Panorama Dokumente series.
Panorama Audience Award Winner – Fiction Film 2018
USA / United Kingdom / Cyprus / Russian Federation
By Timur Bekmambetov
2nd place Panorama Audience Award – Fiction Film 2018
Germany / Austria
By Wolfgang Fischer
3rd place Panorama Audience Award – Fiction Film 2018
By Katharina Mueckstein
Panorama Audience Award Winner – Panorama Dokumente 2018
The Silence of Others
USA / Spain
By Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar
2nd place Panorama Audience Award – Panorama Dokumente 2018
By Lutz Pehnert, Matthias Ehlert, Adama Ulrich
3rd place Panorama Audience Award – Panorama Dokumente 2018
Brazil / Germany / Netherlands
By Maria Augusta Ramos
Images / Credit:
Oben v.l.n.r./top FLTR: Robert Bahar und Almudena Carracedo mit Moderatorin Ana David.The Silence of Others.Regie/directors: Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar. Foto: © Trevor Good / Berlinale 2018
Unten v.l.n.r./bottom FLTR: Paz Lázaro (Leiterin Panorama) mit Shazad Latif,Timur Bekmambetov, Valene Kane und Olga Kharina.Profile. Regie/director: Timur Bekmambetov. Foto: © Brigitte Dummer / Berlinale 2018