Golden Bear to “Caesar Must Die”

The Golden Bear for Best Film went to the Italian film “Caesar Must Die” by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.

The festival catalogue describes “Caesar Must Die”:

“The performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar comes to an end and the performers are rewarded with rapturous applause. The lights go out; the actors leave the stage and return to their cells. They are all inmates of the Roman maximum security prison Rebibbia. One of them comments: ‘Ever since I discovered art this cell has truly become a prison’.

Filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani spent six months following rehearsals for this stage production; their film demonstrates how the universality of Shakespeare’s language helps the actors to understand their roles and immerse themselves in the bard’s interplay of friendship and betrayal, power, dishonesty and violence.”

Here are some of the other winners at this year’s Berlinale:

The Jury Grand Prix-Silver Bear
“Just The Wind” by Bence Fliegauf

Silver Bear for Best Director
Christian Petzold for “Barbara”

Silver Bear for Best Actress
Rachel Mwanza in “War Witch” (by Kim Nguyen)

Silver Bear for Best Actor
Boe Følsgaard in “A Royal Affair” (by Nikolaj Arcel)

Silver Bear for an outstanding artistic contribution
Lutz Reitemeier for the photography in “White Deer Plain” (by Wang Quan’an)

Silver Bear for Best Script
Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg for “A Royal Affair”.

The members of the 2012 International Jury at the Berlinale were Mike Leigh (President), Anton Corbijn, Asghar Farhadi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jake Gyllenhaal, François Ozon, Boualem Sansal, and Barbara Sukowa.