Berlin International Film Festival 2011

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Official Berlinale poster 2011
Jury President Isabella Rossellini

The 61st Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) took place from February 10 to 20, 2011. The main prize of the festival, the Golden Bear , was awarded to the Iranian contribution Jodaeiye Nader az Simin from Asghar Farhadi .

The Berlinale opened with the American Western True Grit by the Coen brothers , which was shown out of competition. The film is a remake of the 1969 John Wayne film The Marshal. 385 films from 58 countries were shown in 969 screenings within eleven days. 99 productions came from Germany or were made with German participation. The funding for the festival in 2011 is 19.5 million euros. 6.5 million euros of this come from federal funds. The sales quota for cinema tickets was 300,000, while 20,000 accreditations were issued to trade visitors.

The Italian-American actress Isabella Rossellini was selected as the president of the international jury . The Iranian director Jafar Panahi was invited to join the jury . After Panahi was sentenced in December 2010 by the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran to a six-year prison term and a 20-year professional ban, Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick announced his support for Panahi. His films are shown in several sections of the film festival. In addition, the Berlinale Talent Campus and World Cinema Fund are planning a panel event with Iranian filmmakers on censorship and the restriction of artistic freedom in Iran.

The Honorary Golden Bear of the Berlinale 2011 was awarded to the 80-year-old German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl . The retrospective is reminiscent of the Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman .


Countries represented in the competition for the Golden Bear for the best feature film (including co-production countries); gold colored Iran

International jury

At the end of August 2010, Isabella Rossellini was presented as the jury president of the Berlinale . The Italian actress took part in the competition in 1994 with Fearless and in 1998 with Kalman's Secret . At the 2008 film festival , she presented her directorial debut Green Porno .

Rossellini was assisted by six jury members. It was all about filmmakers:

  • Jan Chapman - Australian film producer
  • Nina Hoss - German actress (Actor Award of the Berlinale 2007 )
  • Aamir Khan - Indian actor and director
  • Guy Maddin - Canadian director and screenwriter
  • Jafar Panahi - Iranian director (Grand Jury Prize of the Berlinale 2006 ); although he has meanwhile been sentenced to several years imprisonment and a professional ban in Iran, the Berlinale is holding on to the jury square out of support
  • Sandy Powell - British costume designer


On December 15, 2010, the first competition films were announced. The program was completed on January 18, 2011. A total of 16 film productions from 20 countries were represented, four fewer than in the previous year . With the exception of Asghar Farhadi (Director Award 2009 for Everything About Elly ), Joshua Marston ( Alfred Bauer Award 2004 for Maria Full of Grace ), Rodrigo Moreno (Alfred Bauer Award 2006 for The Bodyguard ) and Jonathan Sagall ( entry in 1999) the other twelve filmmakers for the first time for the Golden Bear . JC Chandor , Ralph Fiennes , Paula Markovitch and Victoria Mahoney were represented with their feature film debut .

Movie title Director Country of production Actor (selection)
Bizim Büyük Çaresizliğimiz (Our Grand Despair) Seyfi Teoman Turkey , Germany , Netherlands İlker Aksum , Fatih Al , Güneş Sayın , Baki Davrak , Taner Birsel , Mehmet Ali Nuroğlu
Les contes de la nuit (Tales Of The Night) Michel Ocelot France 3D animation film
Coriolanus Ralph Fiennes Great Britain Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler , Vanessa Redgrave , Brian Cox , James Nesbitt
The Forgiveness of Blood Joshua Marston USA , Albania , Denmark , Italy Tristan Halilaj , Sindi Laçej , Refet Abazi , Ilire Vinca Çelaj
The future Miranda July Germany, USA Hamish Linklater , Miranda July, David Warshofsky
Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation) Asghar Farhadi Iran Leila Hatami , Peyman Moadi , Shahab Hosseini , Sareh Bayat , Sarina Farhadi , Babak Karimi , Merila Zarei
Lipstikka Jonathan Sagall Israel , UK Clara Khoury , Nataly Attiya , Moran Rosenblatt , Ziv Weiner , Daniel Caltagirone
Margin call JC Chandor United States Kevin Spacey , Jeremy Irons , Demi Moore , Paul Bettany , Zachary Quinto
Un Mundo Misterioso (Mysterious World) Rodrigo Moreno Argentina , Germany, Uruguay Esteban Bigliardi , Cecilia Rainero , Rosario Bléfari , Germán de Seilva , Leandro Uria
El premio (The Prize) Paula Markovitch Mexico , France, Poland , Germany Paula Galinelli Hertzog , Sharon Herrera , Laura Agorreca , Viviana Suraniti , Uriel Lasillo
Saranghanda, Saranghaji Anneunda (Come rain, come sunshine) Lee Yoon-ki South Korea Lim Su-jeong , Hyun Bin
Sleeping sickness Ulrich Koehler Germany, France, the Netherlands Pierre Bokma , Jean-Christophe Folly , Jenny Schily , Hippolyte Girardot , Sava Lolov
The Turin Horse (orig. A Torinói Ló; Engl. The Turin Horse) Béla Tarr Hungary , France, Germany, Switzerland , USA János Derzsi , Erika Bók , Mihály Kormos
On a Saturday (V Subbotu) Alexander Mindadze Russia , Germany, Ukraine Anton Shagin, Svetlana Smirnova-Martsinkievich, Stanislav Rjadinsky, Vjacheslav Petkun, Sergej Gromov
Who, if not we Andres Veiel Germany August Diehl , Lena Lauzemis , Alexander Fehling
Yelling To The Sky Victoria Mahoney United States Zoë Kravitz , Gabourey Sidibe , Tim Blake Nelson

Out of competition

In addition to competition, the following films are shown in the competition program:


Berlinale program and cinema tickets for the 61st edition

The Panorama section took place for the 32nd time this year and was dedicated to international film (preferably art house cinema and auteur films). From the films, the cinema-goers could choose the most popular film on ballot papers, which was then awarded the Panorama Audience Award. This was won by También la lluvia (feature film) by Icíar Bollaín and In Heaven, Below Earth . The Jewish cemetery Weißensee (documentary film) by Britta Wauer.

Main program

Panorama special

Panorama documents

Perspective German cinema

The Perspective German Cinema section was held for the tenth time and showed current German documentary and feature film productions. It is considered a platform for young German directors and was also considered for the award of the prize for the best debut film in 2011 (together with the competition, the Panorama, the Forum and the Generation section).

Movie title Director Actor (selection)
The Albanian * Johannes Naber Nik Xhelilaj , Xhejlane Terbunja, Ivan Shvedoff, Amos Zahari
Training Dirk Lütter Joseph K. Bundschuh , Anke Retzlaff , Anja Beatrice Kaul , Stefan Rudolf
Dígame - tell me Josephine Frydetzki Rafael Spregelburd , Valeria de Luque , Veronica Piaggio , Leandro Emmanuel Juárez , Laura Zelaya
Ice flowers Susan Gordanshekan Arnel Taci , Renate Grosser , Denis Mehicic
Kamakia - The heroes of the island Jasin Challah documentary
Battle of the queens Nicolas Steiner documentary
Lollipop monster Ziska Riemann Nicolette Krebitz , Sarah Horváth , Jella Haase , Sandra Borgmann , Thomas Wodianka
The price Elke Hauck Florian Panzner , Sven Gielnik , Vincent Krüger , Vanessa Krüger , Anne Kanis
Red cabbage and red cabbage Anna Hepp documentary
A summer full of doors * Stefan Ludwig documentary
Stuttgart 21 - Think! * Lisa Sperling , Florian Kläger documentary
Utopia Ltd. Sandra Trostel Robert Gwisdek , Jacob Matschenz
Traitor to the fatherland Annekatrin Hendel documentary
Do you know that a lot of flowers bloom in the park? Lothar Herzog Odine Johne , Christian Blümel , Thorsten Merten

* = Guest of the Perspektive Deutsches Kino


Official prices

Asghar Farhadi, Golden Bear winner

Awards from the independent juries

Web links

Commons : Berlin International Film Festival 2011  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Awards of the International Jury at, February 19, 2011; Retrieved February 19, 2011
  2. Berlinale 2011: The bears are going again at, February 9, 2011; Retrieved February 10, 2011
  3. ^ The Berlinale in numbers at; Retrieved February 10, 2011
  4. The Berlinale is more glamorous today . In: Berliner Zeitung , February 9, 2011; Interview with Kosslick
  5. Berlinale supports imprisoned director . In: BZ , December 23, 2010.
  6. Berlinale supports Iranian filmmaker Panahi .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Welt Online , January 18, 2011.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  7. Official press release ( Memento of the original from January 23, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. at; Retrieved January 19, 2011 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. Official press release at; Retrieved January 23, 2011
  9. Official press release ( Memento of the original from January 21, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. at, January 18, 2011; Retrieved January 19, 2011 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /