61st Berlin International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmTrue Grit
Closing filmNader and Simin, A Separation
LocationBerlin, Germany
AwardsGolden Bear (Nader and Simin, A Separation)
Hosted byAnke Engelke
No. of films385 films
Festival date10–20 February 2011
Berlin International Film Festival chronology

The 61st annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 10 to 20 February 2011,[1] with actress Isabella Rossellini as the President of the Jury.[2] The Coen Brothers film True Grit opened the festival.[3] 300,000 tickets were sold in total during the event, to 20,000 attendees from 116 countries, including 3900 members of the press.[4] German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl received the Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement. The Golden Bear for Best Film went to the Iranian film Nader and Simin, A Separation, directed by Asghar Farhadi, which also served as the closing film at the festival.[5]


Isabella Rossellini, Jury President
Isabella Rossellini, Jury President


The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:[6]

International jury

In addition, the festival held a place open in the jury for the imprisoned Iranian director Jafar Panahi, "to signalize its support for his struggle for freedom".[6]

Best First Feature Award Jury

International Short Film Jury

In competition

The following films were selected to be in competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards:[7]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Our Grand Despair Bizim Büyük Çaresizliğimiz Seyfi Teoman Turkey, Germany and Netherlands
Coriolanus N/A Ralph Fiennes United Kingdom
Tales of the Night Les Contes de la nuit Michel Ocelot France
The Forgiveness of Blood N/A Joshua Marston Albania and United States
The Future N/A Miranda July Germany and United States
Nader and Simin, A Separation جدایی نادر از سیمین
Jodaeiye Nader az Simin
Asghar Farhadi Iran
Lipstikka Odem Jonathan Sagall Israel and United Kingdom
Margin Call N/A J.C. Chandor United States
A Mysterious World Un Mundo Misterioso Rodrigo Moreno Argentina, Germany and Uruguay
The Prize El premio Paula Markovitch Mexico, France, Poland and Germany
Come Rain, Come Shine 사랑한다, 사랑하지 않는다 Saranghanda, Saranghaji Anneunda Lee Yoon-ki South Korea
Sleeping Sickness Schlafkrankheit Ulrich Köhler [de] Germany, France and Netherlands
The Turin Horse A Torinói Ló Béla Tarr Hungary, France, Germany and Switzerland
Innocent Saturday V subbotu Aleksandr Mindadze Russia, Germany and Ukraine
If Not Us, Who? Wer wenn nicht wir Andres Veiel Germany
Yelling to the Sky N/A Victoria Mahoney United States

Out of competition

The following films were screened out of competition at the festival:[7]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Almanya Almanya: Willkommen in Deutschland Yasemin Şamdereli Germany
Service Entrance Les femmes du 6ème étage Philippe Le Guay France
My Best Enemy Mein bester Feind Wolfgang Murnberger Austria and Luxembourg
Pina N/A Wim Wenders Germany and France
True Grit N/A Joel and Ethan Coen United States
Unknown N/A Jaume Collet-Serra Germany, United Kingdom, France


The following films were screened in the Main Programme of the Panorama section:[7]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
The Unjust 부당거래 Bu-dang-geo-rae Ryoo Seung-wan South Korea
Into the White Night Byakuyakou Yoshihiro Fukagawa Japan
Ashamed 창피해 Chang-Pi-Hae Kim Soo-hyun South Korea
Dance Town N/A Jeon Kyu-hwan South Korea
Top Floor Left Wing Dernier étage gauche gauche Angelo Cianci France, Luxembourg
Seven Murders Forgiven 7 Khoon Maaf Vishal Bhardwaj India[8]
Asshole Gandu Kaushik Mukherjee India
Here N/A Braden King United States
Invisible Lo Roim Alaich Michal Aviad Israel and Germany
Mothers Majki Milčo Mančevski Macedonia, France and Bulgaria
Off Beat N/A Jan Gassmann Switzerland
Qualunquemente N/A Giulio Manfredonia Italy
Romeos N/A Sabine Bernardi Germany
Even the Rain También la lluvia Icíar Bollaín Spain, France and Mexico
The Mortician N/A Gareth Maxwell United Kingdom and United States
Tomboy N/A Céline Sciamma France
Vampire N/A Shunji Iwai United States and Canada


The following films were screened in the Main Programme of the Forum section:[7]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Absent Ausente Marco Berger Argentina
Amnesty N/A Bujar Alimani Albania, Greece and France
An Angel in Doel De Engel van Doel Tom Fassaert Netherlands and Belgium
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye N/A Marie Losier United States and France
Brownian Movement N/A Nanouk Leopold Netherlands, Germany and Belgium
Cheonggyecheon Medley: A Dream of Iron N/A Kelvin Kyung Kun Park South Korea
Day Is Done N/A Thomas Imbach Switzerland
E-Love N/A Anne Villacèque France
Eighty Letters Osmdesát dopisů Václav Kadrnka Czech Republic
Familiar Ground En terrains connus Stéphane Lafleur Canada
FIT N/A Hiromasa Hirosue Japan
Follow Me Folge mir Johannes Hammel Austria
Free Hands Les mains libres Brigitte Sy France
Good Morning to the World!! Sekai Good Morning!! Satoru Hirohara Japan
Heaven's Story N/A Takahisa Zeze Japan
Hi-So N/A Aditya Assarat Thailand
The House Dom Zuzana Liová Slovakia and Czech Republic
Household X Kazoku X Kōki Yoshida Japan
Idleness Ocio Alejandro Lingenti and Juan Villegas Argentina
Kabul Dream Factory Traumfabrik Kabul Sebastian Heidinger Germany and Afghanistan
The Kite Patang Prashant Bhargava India and United States
Late Autumn 만추 Man chu Kim Tae-yong South Korea, Hong Kong, China and United States
Looking for Simon Auf der Suche Jan Krüger Germany and France
Made in Poland N/A Przemysław Wojcieszek Poland
Matchmaking Mayor Nesvatbov Erika Hníková Czech Republic
The Residents Os residentes Tiago Mata Machado Brazil
Self Referential Traverse: Zeitgeist and Engagement 자가당착: 시대 정신과 현실 참여
Jagadangchak: shidae-jeongshin-kwa hyeonshil-chamyeo
Kim Sun South Korea
Silver Bullets/Art History N/A Joe Swanberg United States
State of Violence N/A Khalo Matabane South Africa and France
Submarine N/A Richard Ayoade United Kingdom
Swans N/A Hugo Vieira da Silva Germany and Portugal
Take Shelter N/A Jeff Nichols United States
N/A Territoire perdu Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd France and Belgium
The Terrorists Poor kor karn rai Thunska Pansittivorakul Germany and Thailand
Under Control Unter Kontrolle Volker Sattel Germany
Utopians N/A Zbigniew Bzymek United States
Viva Riva! N/A Djo Tunda Wa Munga Democratic Republic of Congo, France and Belgium
Ways of the Sea Halaw Sheron Dayoc Philippines
The Young Butler El mocito Marcela Said and Jean de Certeau Chile

Berlinale Shorts



The following films were selected to be in competition for the Golden Bear for Best Short Film:[7]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
15 July 15 iulie Cristi Iftime Romania
Silent River Apele Tac Anca Miruna Lazarescu Germany and Romania
Ashley/Amber N/A Rebecca R. Rojer
The Unliving Återfödelsen Hugo Lilja Sweden
Back by 6 N/A Peter Connelly Belgium
The Calm La Calma Fernando Vílchez Rodríguez Peru
Cleaning up the Studio N/A Christian Jankowski South Korea
The Shower La Ducha Maria José San Martín Chile
Forest Erdő György Mór Kárpáti Hungary
Questions to my Father Fragen an meinen Vater Konrad Mühe Germany
Green Crayons N/A Kazik Radwanski Canada
Heavy Heads N/A Helena Frank Denmark
Night Fishing 파란만장 Paranmanjang Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong South Korea
Arpeggio Ante Lucem Pera Berbangê Arin Inan Arslan Turkey
Planet Z N/A Momoko Seto France
Broken Night 부서진 밤 Bu-seo-jin Bam Yang Hyo-joo South Korea
Doctor Rao Rao Yi Sheng Alexej Tchernyi and Wu Zhi Germany
Scenes from the Suburbs N/A Spike Jonze United States and Canada
Seven Days in the Woods Sju dagar i skogen Peter Larsson Sweden
Stick Climbing N/A Daniel Zimmermann Austria and Switzerland
Terribly Happy Sudsanan Pimpaka Towira Thailand
Susya N/A Dani Rosenberg and Yoav Gross Israel and Palestine
The Lost Town of Switez Świteź Kamil Polak Poland, Switzerland, France, Canada and Denmark
Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright N/A Akram Zaatari Lebanon and United Kingdom
Woman Waiting N/A Antoine Bourges Canada


Winner of the main award for best film in its section
The opening and closing films are screened during the opening and closing ceremonies respectively.


Asghar Farhadi, winner of the Golden Bear at the festival
Asghar Farhadi, winner of the Golden Bear at the festival

The following prizes were awarded by the Jury:[9]

Silver Bears

Honorary Golden Bear[10]

Crystal Bears


Golden Bear for Best Short Film: Night Fishing by Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong


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