Berlin International Film Festival 2005

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Official Berlinale poster 2005

The 55th Berlin International Film Festival took place from February 10th to 20th February 2005 instead.


The following films were shown in the official competition this year (in order of presentation):

Wes Anderson
Anjelica Huston
Movie title Director Country of production Actor (selection)
Man to Man * Regis Wargnier France , South Africa , Great Britain Joseph Fiennes , Kristin Scott Thomas , Iain Glen
Thumbsucker Mike Mills United States Lou Taylor Pucci , Tilda Swinton , Keanu Reeves
Asylum David Mackenzie Great Britain , Ireland Natasha Richardson , Hugh Bonneville , Ian McKellen
Provincia Meccanica Stefano Mordini Italy Stefano Accorsi , Valentina Cervi
Changing Times André Téchiné France Catherine Deneuve , Gérard Depardieu
One Day in Europe Hannes Stöhr Germany , Spain Florian Lukas
U-Carmen Mark Dornford-May South Africa
Sophie Scholl - The last days Marc Rothemund Germany , Spain Julia Jentsch , Alexander Held
Purely a matter for the boss (In Good Company) Paul Weitz United States Dennis Quaid , Topher Grace , Scarlett Johansson
Paradise Now Hany Abu-Assad Palestine , France , Germany , Netherlands , Israel Hiam Abbass
Last days in the Elysée Robert Guédiguian France Michel bouquet
The hidden sword Yōji Yamada Japan Masatoshi Nagase , Takako Matsu
Ghosts Christian Petzold Germany Julia Hummer , Sabine Timoteo
Fateless Lajos Koltai Hungary , Germany , Great Britain
Les Mots Bleu Alain Corneau France Sylvie Testud
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) Wes Anderson United States Bill Murray , Cate Blanchett , Anjelica Huston
The flesh of the watermelon ( Chinese   天邊 一 朵雲  /  天边 一 朵云 , Pinyin tiānbiān yī duǒ yún ) Tsai Ming-liang France , Taiwan Lee Kang-sheng , Chen Shiang-chyi
Sometimes in April Raoul Peck France , USA , Rwanda Idris Elba , Debra Winger
Solnze Alexander Sokurov Russia , France , Italy , Switzerland Robert Dawson
The wild beat of my heart Jacques Audiard France Romain Duris , Niels Arestrup
Kong Que Gu Changwei People's Republic of China
Accused Jacob Thuesen Denmark

* = Opening film

Out of competition

In addition to the competition, the following films were shown in the competition:

International jury

Roland Emmerich (Jury President)

The jury was led in 2005 by the German director Roland Emmerich as president. Other jury members were: Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė (actress from Lithuania ), Bai Ling (actress from the PR China ), Franka Potente (actress from Germany ), Wouter Barendrecht (producer and CEO of the world sales organization Fortissimo Films from the Netherlands ), Nino Cerruti (fashion designer and founder of the fashion label Cerruti 1881 from Italy ), Andrei Kurkow (screenwriter, cameraman and writer from Ukraine ).

Award winners

International jury prizes

Golden Bear : U-Carmen by Mark Dornford-May

Silver bears in the following categories:

  • Jury Grand Prize: Kong Que by Gu Changwei
  • Best Director: Marc Rothemund (Sophie Scholl - The Last Days)
  • Best actress: Julia Jentsch (Sophie Scholl - The Last Days)
  • Best Actor: Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker)
  • For outstanding artistic achievement: Tsai Ming-liang (for the script for The Meat of Watermelon )
  • Best Score: Alexandre Desplat (The Wild Beat Of My Heart)

AGICOA Award The Blue Angel : Paradise Now by Hany Abu-Assad

Alfred Bauer Prize : The meat of the watermelon from Tsai Ming-liang

Prizes from the international short film jury

Jury members: Gabriela Tagliavini ( Argentina ), Marten Rabarts ( New Zealand ), Susan Korda ( USA )

  • Golden Bear for the best short film: Milk by Peter Mackie Burns
  • Jury Prize (Silver Bear): The Intervention by Jay Duplass and Jam Session by Izabela Plucinska
  • Honorable Mention: Don Khishot Be'Yerushalaim by Dani Rosenberg

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Radu Mihăileanu (2005)

The Panorama section was 20 years old this year. To this end, a photo exhibition was set up that looked back over these 20 years. The stars of the Panorama section this year were Kevin Spacey , who showed his film Beyond the Sea - Music was his life . Rebecca Miller took part in the panorama with her film The Ballad of Jack and Rose . Her husband Daniel Day-Lewis played the lead role. The panorama's biggest star was George Michael , who presented the documentary A Different Story .

Panorama short film prizes (awarded by the international short film jury):

  • Best short film: Green Bush by Warwick Thornton
  • Special Jury Prize: Tama Tu from Taika Waititi

Children's film festival / 14plus

The juries of Kinderfilmfest and 14plus awarded prizes to the following films: The “Transparent Bear for Best Fiction Film” went to the Dutch film Bluebird by Mijke de Jong . The “Transparent Bear for Best Short Film” went to The Djarn Djarns by Wayne Blair. The “Transparent Bear for Best Youth Film” (14plus) went to the film Voces Inocentes by Luis Mandoki .

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"Teddy Awards"
  • Teddy for the best feature film: Un Año sin Amor by Anahí Berneri
  • Teddy for the best documentary film: Cat Ball by Veronika Minder
  • Teddy for Best Short Film: The Intervention by Jay Duplass

Prizes of honor

Honorary Golden Bear

Berlinale camera

(assigned by the festival management)


The retrospective of this year's Berlinale was dedicated to the set designers. The film series ran under the title scenes - locations - game rooms. Production design & film . It was divided into five areas and a total of 45 films were shown.

Interiors - the inner worlds and private spaces
Transit - the cinematic space as a metaphor

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