Berlin International Film Festival 2006

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Official Berlinale poster for the 2006 competition

The 56th Berlin International Film Festival took place from February 9th to 19th February 2006 instead.

Festival director Dieter Kosslick announced the Berlinale 2006 as a festival that focuses on political film. According to Kosslick, the Berlinale 2006 is "as political, cruel and unpleasant as the world situation is". The competition then also featured films like Esma's Secret - Grbavica , which tells of the effects of the rape during the Balkan War and which ultimately won the festival, The Road to Guantanamo, about the effects of the war on terror, and Syriana, about the struggle for the ever scarcer evolving resources.


The following films were shown in the official competition this year :

Movie title Director Country of production Actor (selection)
Candy Neil Armfield Australia Abbie Cornish , Heath Ledger , Geoffrey Rush
El Custodio - The Bodyguard (El custodio) Rodrigo Moreno Argentina , France , Germany , Uruguay Julio Chavez
Elementary particles Oskar Roehler Germany Moritz Bleibtreu , Martina Gedeck , Christian Ulmen
Esma's secret - Grbavica Jasmila Žbanić Austria , Bosnia and Herzegovina , Germany , Croatia Mirjana Karanović
Find Me Guilty - The Mafia Trial Sidney Lumet USA , Germany Vin Diesel
Free will Matthias Glasner Germany Jürgen Vogel , Sabine Timoteo , André Hennicke
Secret state affairs Claude Chabrol France , Germany Isabelle Huppert
Invisible waves Ratanaruang Pen-Ek Netherlands , Thailand , Hong Kong , South Korea
Isabella Pang Ho-cheung Hong Kong
Offside Jafar Panahi Iran
requiem Hans-Christian Schmid Germany Sandra Hüller , Burghart Klaußner , Imogen Kogge
The Road to Guantanamo Michael Winterbottom Great Britain
Robert Altman's Last Radio Show Robert Altman United States Meryl Streep , Lily Tomlin , Woody Harrelson
Romanzo Criminale Michele Placido Italy , France , Great Britain Kim Rossi Stuart , Stefano Accorsi
nostalgia Valeska Grisebach Germany
Slumming Michael Glawogger Austria Paulus Manker , August Diehl
Snow Cake * Marc Evans USA , Canada Alan Rickman , Sigourney Weaver
En soap Pernille Fischer Christensen Sweden , Denmark Trine Dyrholm
It's Winter (Zemestan) Rafi Pitts Iran

* = Opening film

Out of competition

Natalie Portman at the Berlinale 2006

The following films were shown outside of the competition within the competition:

International jury

The jury president in 2006 was the British actress Charlotte Rampling . The jury consisted of the following additional members: Matthew Barney (USA), Yash Chopra (India), Marleen Gorris (Netherlands), Janusz Kamiński (Poland), Lee Young-ae (South Korea), Armin Mueller-Stahl (Germany) and Fred Roos (USA).

Award winners

Jafar Panahi with his won Silver Bear

Silver bears :

Other award winners

Honorary Golden Bear

This year the actor Ian McKellen and the director Andrzej Wajda were awarded the Honorary Golden Bear for their life's work.


The Berlinale presented a retrospective entitled Traumfrauen , which showed 45 films starring 30 international actresses from the 1950s . A reunion with stars like Audrey Hepburn , Grace Kelly , Marilyn Monroe , Elizabeth Taylor , Harriet Andersson , Hildegard Knef , Anna Magnani , Jean Simmons , Ingrid Bergman , Brigitte Bardot or Melina Mercouri .

International Forum of Young Cinema

Under the title Mystery Classics , the section showed a total of nine films by Japanese genre director Nakagawa Nobuo from the 1950s and 1960s. The focus was on horror and crime films. Nakagawa Nobuo had previously been rediscovered at festivals in Venice and Paris, and the Japanese festival Tokyo FilmEX had shown a retrospective of 12 films last October. With the series, the forum also resumed the Midnight Screenings that had been suspended the year before; In previous years, old and new genre films were shown at a late hour in this program line.

Award winners


The opening film of this year's Panorama Special came from Argentina : Daniel Burman's film A Tradition of the Family (Derecho de familia) . Other stars of the Panorama program: Meret Becker , Marc Forster , John Hurt , Neil Jordan , Fernanda Montenegro , Liam Neeson and Emily Watson , who presented their new films.

Award winners

Teddy Awards

The gay and lesbian film prize Teddy Award celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. On the occasion of the anniversary, a retrospective with the best films from 20 years was shown. The 2006 Teddy Award went to the Filipino children's film Maximo Oliveros Blossoms by Auraeus Solito .


The jury of the Berlinale 2006 refused to include the film " The Lives of Others " in the competition program. It was the feature film debut of Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck , who had also written the script for the film. In 2007 the film received the Oscar for best foreign language film and many other awards.

Web links

Commons : Berlinale 2006  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Berlinale: 56th Berlin International Film Festival - February 9-19 , 2006 (annual newspaper), accessed on October 7, 2011.
  2. Interview with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck in "Die Welt" from March 21, 2006.