Golden Bear
Goldener Bär  (German)
Golden Bear size 1.jpg
LocationBerlin
CountryGermany
Presented byBerlin International Film Festival
First awarded1951
Last awarded2022
WinnerAlcarràs by Carla Simón
Websitehttps://www.berlinale.de/en/home.html Edit this on Wikidata

The Golden Bear (German: Goldener Bär) is the highest prize awarded for the best film at the Berlin International Film Festival. The bear is the heraldic animal of Berlin, featured on both the coat of arms and flag of Berlin. The winners of the first Berlin International Film Festival in 1951 were determined by a West German panel, with five winners of the Golden Bear, divided by categories and genres.[1] Between 1952 and 1955, the winners of the Golden Bear were determined by the audience members.[2] In 1956, the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films formally accredited the festival, and since then, the Golden Bear has been awarded by an international jury.[2]

The award

Adina Pintilie with the Golden Bear in 2018
Adina Pintilie with the Golden Bear in 2018

The statuette shows a bear standing on its hind legs and is based on the 1932 design by German sculptor Renée Sintenis of Berlin's heraldic mascot that later became the symbol of the festival. It has been manufactured since the first edition by art foundry Hermann Noack.[3][4] It was awarded for the first time in 1951 and was redesigned in a larger version in 1960.[5] Also, the left arm of the bear was raised as opposed to the right in the former model.[6] The current bear is 20 cm high and is fixed onto a base where the winning name is engraved.[7] The figurine consists of a bronze core, which is then plated with a layer of gold. The total weight of the award is 4 kg.[8]

Winners

Year Film Original title Director(s) Country of origin
1950s
1951 – West German Jury Vote
1951
(1st)
Four in a Jeep (Drama) Die Vier im Jeep Leopold Lindtberg   Switzerland
Without Leaving an Address (Comedies) ...Sans laisser d'adresse Jean-Paul Le Chanois  France
In Beaver Valley (Documentaries) James Algar  United States
Justice Is Done (Thrillers & Adventures) Justice est faite André Cayatte  France
Cinderella (Music Film) Wilfred Jackson  United States
1952–1955 – Audience Vote
1952
(2nd)
One Summer of Happiness Hon dansade en sommar Arne Mattsson  Sweden
1953
(3rd)
The Wages of Fear Le salaire de la peur Henri-Georges Clouzot  France,  Italy
1954
(4th)
Hobson's Choice David Lean  United Kingdom
1955
(5th)
Die Ratten Robert Siodmak  West Germany
1956–present – International Jury
1956
(6th)
Invitation to the Dance Gene Kelly  United States
1957
(7th)
12 Angry Men Sidney Lumet  United States
1958
(8th)
Wild Strawberries Smultronstället Ingmar Bergman  Sweden
1959
(1959)
Les Cousins Claude Chabrol  France
1960s
1960
(10th)
El Lazarillo de Tormes César Fernández Ardavín  Spain
1961
(11th)
La Notte Michelangelo Antonioni  Italy
1962
(12th)
A Kind of Loving John Schlesinger  United Kingdom
1963
(13th)
Bushido, Samurai Saga # 武士道残酷物語 Tadashi Imai  Japan
To Bed or Not to Bed # Il diavolo Gian Luigi Polidoro  Italy
1964
(14th)
Dry Summer Susuz yaz Metin Erksan  Turkey
1965
(15th)
Alphaville Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution Jean-Luc Godard  France,  Italy
1966
(16th)
Cul-de-Sac Roman Polanski  United Kingdom
1967
(17th)
The Departure Le départ Jerzy Skolimowski  Belgium
1968
(18th)
Who Saw Him Die? Ole dole doff Jan Troell  Sweden
1969
(1969)
Early Works Rani radovi Želimir Žilnik  Yugoslavia
1970s
1970
(1970)
No awards given that year because of the controversy surrounding the participation in the main competition of director Michael Verhoeven's anti-war film o.k. that led to the resignation of the international jury before the festival ended.[9]
1971
(21st)
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Il giardino dei Finzi Contini Vittorio De Sica  West Germany,  Italy
1972
(22nd)
The Canterbury Tales I racconti di Canterbury Pier Paolo Pasolini  Italy
1973
(23rd)
Distant Thunder Ashani Sanket Satyajit Ray  India
1974
(24th)
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Ted Kotcheff  Canada
1975
(25th)
Adoption Örökbefogadás Márta Mészáros  Hungary
1976
(26th)
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson Robert Altman  United States
1977
(27th)
The Ascent Восхождение Larisa Shepitko  Soviet Union
1978
(28th)
Ascensor # Tomás Muñoz  Spain
Las truchas # José Luis García Sánchez  Spain
What Max Said # Las palabras de Max Emilio Martínez-Lázaro  Spain
1979
(29th)
David Peter Lilienthal  West Germany
1980s
1980
(30th)
Heartland # Richard Pearce  United States
Palermo or Wolfsburg # Palermo oder Wolfsburg Werner Schroeter  West Germany
1981
(31st)
Deprisa, Deprisa Carlos Saura  Spain
1982
(32nd)
Veronika Voss Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss Rainer Werner Fassbinder  West Germany
1983
(33rd)
Ascendancy # Edward Bennett  United Kingdom
La colmena # Mario Camus  Spain
1984
(34th)
Love Streams John Cassavetes  United States
1985
(35th)
Wetherby # David Hare  United Kingdom
The Woman and the Stranger # Die Frau und der Fremde Rainer Simon  East Germany
1986
(36th)
Stammheim Stammheim – Die Baader-Meinhof-Gruppe vor Gericht Reinhard Hauff  West Germany
1987
(37th)
The Theme Teмa Gleb Panfilov  Soviet Union
1988
(38th)
Red Sorghum 红高粱 Zhang Yimou  China
1989
(39th)
Rain Man Barry Levinson  United States
1990s
1990
(40th)
Larks on a String # Skřivánci na niti Jiří Menzel  Czechoslovakia
Music Box # Costa-Gavras  United States
1991
(41st)
The House of Smiles La casa del sorriso Marco Ferreri  Italy
1992
(42nd)
Grand Canyon Lawrence Kasdan  United States
1993
(43rd)
The Wedding Banquet # 喜宴 Ang Lee  Taiwan,  United States
Woman Sesame Oil Maker # 香魂女 Xie Fei  China
1994
(44th)
In the Name of the Father Jim Sheridan  United Kingdom,  Ireland
1995
(45th)
The Bait L'appât Bertrand Tavernier  France
1996
(46th)
Sense and Sensibility Ang Lee  United States
1997
(47th)
The People vs. Larry Flynt Miloš Forman  United States
1998
(48th)
Central Station Central do Brasil Walter Salles  Brazil,  France
1999
(49th)
The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick  United States
2000s
2000
(50th)
Magnolia Paul Thomas Anderson  United States
2001
(51st)
Intimacy Patrice Chéreau  France
2002
(52nd)
Bloody Sunday # Paul Greengrass  United Kingdom,  Ireland
Spirited Away # 千と千尋の神隠し Hayao Miyazaki  Japan
2003
(53rd)
In This World Michael Winterbottom  United Kingdom
2004
(54th)
Head-On Gegen die Wand Fatih Akin  Germany
2005
(55th)
U-Carmen eKhayelitsha Mark Dornford-May  South Africa
2006
(56th)
Grbavica Jasmila Žbanić  Bosnia and Herzegovina
2007
(57th)
Tuya's Marriage 图雅的婚事 Wang Quan'an  China
2008
(58th)
Elite Squad Tropa de Elite José Padilha  Brazil
2009
(59th)
The Milk of Sorrow La teta asustada Claudia Llosa  Spain,  Peru
2010s
2010
(60th)
Honey Bal Semih Kaplanoğlu  Turkey
2011
(61st)
A Separation جدایی نادر از سیمین Asghar Farhadi  Iran
2012
(62nd)
Caesar Must Die Cesare deve morire Paolo and Vittorio Taviani  Italy
2013
(63rd)
Child's Pose Poziția copilului Călin Peter Netzer  Romania
2014
(64th)
Black Coal, Thin Ice 白日焰火 Diao Yinan  China
2015
(65th)
Taxi تاکسی Jafar Panahi  Iran
2016
(66th)
Fire at Sea Fuocoammare Gianfranco Rosi  Italy
2017
(67th)
On Body and Soul Testről és lélekről Ildikó Enyedi  Hungary
2018
(68th)
Touch Me Not Nu mă atinge-mă Adina Pintilie  Romania
2019
(69th)
Synonyms Synonymes Nadav Lapid  France,  Israel
2020s
2020
(70th)
There Is No Evil شیطان وجود ندارد Mohammad Rasoulof  Iran
2021
(71st)
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc Radu Jude  Romania
2022
(72nd)
Alcarràs Carla Simón  Spain,  Italy
Notes
# Denotes ex-aequo win

Multiple winners

The following have won the award twice:

Golden Bear – Honorary Award

The Honorary Golden Bear (German: Goldener Ehrenbär) is the Berlin International Film Festival's honorary award for lifetime achievement by important figures in the world of film.[10]

A Golden Bear statue
A Golden Bear statue
Year Winner(s)
1982 James Stewart
1988 Alec Guinness
1989 Dustin Hoffman
1990 Oliver Stone
1993 Gregory Peck and Billy Wilder
1994 Sophia Loren
1995 Alain Delon
1996 Elia Kazan and Jack Lemmon
1997 Kim Novak
1998 Catherine Deneuve
1999 Shirley MacLaine
2000 Jeanne Moreau
2001 Kirk Douglas
2002 Robert Altman and Claudia Cardinale
2003 Anouk Aimée
2004 Fernando Solanas
2005 Im Kwon-taek and Fernando Fernán Gómez
2006 Andrzej Wajda and Ian McKellen
2007 Arthur Penn
2008 Francesco Rosi
2009 Maurice Jarre
2010 Wolfgang Kohlhaase and Hanna Schygulla
2011 Armin Mueller-Stahl
2012 Meryl Streep
2013 Claude Lanzmann[11]
2014 Ken Loach[12]
2015 Wim Wenders[13]
2016 Michael Ballhaus[14]
2017 Milena Canonero
2018 Willem Dafoe
2019 Charlotte Rampling
2020 Helen Mirren[15]
2022 Isabelle Huppert[16]

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b "- Berlinale – Archive – Annual Archives – 1952 – Juries".
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  5. ^ "Große kleine Tiere". Cicero (in German). Retrieved April 9, 2019.
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  8. ^ "In pictures". Novinite. February 8, 2010. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
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  10. ^ "THE HONORARY GOLDEN BEAR". Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Claude Lanzmann to receive Berlin's Honorary Golden Bear". screendaily. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  12. ^ "Homage and Honorary Golden Bear for Ken Loach". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 2013-12-15. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Homage 2015 and Honorary Golden Bear for Wim Wenders". berlinale.de. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Martin Scorsese's Longtime Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus Is Set To Be Honoured With A Lifetime Achievement Award At The 2016 Berlin International Film Festival". contactmusic.com. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Homage and Honorary Golden Bear 2020 for Dame Helen Mirren". Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  16. ^ Ravindran, Manori (16 December 2021). "Isabelle Huppert to Receive Berlin Film Festival's Honorary Golden Bear". Variety. Retrieved 16 December 2021.