Berlin International Film Festival 2020

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Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek

The 70th  Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) took place from February 20 to March 1, 2020. For the first time, they were under the direction of Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek , who officially replaced the previous festival director Dieter Kosslick on June 1, 2019 . While Chatrian was responsible for the artistic direction, Rissenbeek took over the management. Compared to the previous editions, the date of the film festival was postponed to the end of February, which means that the Berlinale took place for the first time since the scheduling in February shortly after the Oscar ceremony . With the world premiere of the Berlinale SpecialThe Berlinale opened with the invited feature film My Salinger Year by Philippe Falardeau .

Jury President Jeremy Irons (2014)
2020 Golden Bear winner: Mohammad Rasulof for Sheytan vojud nadarad

The jury president of the competition, which among other things will award the Golden Bear for the best film at the festival, was the British actor Jeremy Irons this year . The main prize, the international co-production was Sheytan vojud nadarad (international festival title: There Is No Evil / There is no evil ) by Mohammad Rasoulof excellent. The Iranian director was not able to participate in the festival because he was not allowed to leave his home country.

The actor Samuel Finzi was hired to host the opening gala and the award ceremony .

From mid-December 2019, the first films were announced in the various sections of the festival. The full program was published on February 11, 2020. For the 70th edition of the festival, Encounters was a new competition section. The special series NATIVe (presentation of indigenous films) and culinary cinema have been abolished. The management of the Panorama , Berlinale Shorts , Forum and Berlinale Series sections as well as the selection committees for the international competition for the Golden Bear and the forum also changed .

The British actress Helen Mirren was honored with the Honorary Golden Bear for her life's work and an homage from five films at the festival . This year's Berlinale Camera went to the German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger , who presented her new documentary Paris Calligrammes as a contribution in the Berlinale Special section .

At the end of January 2020, the organizers decided to suspend the award of the Alfred Bauer Prize initiated in 1987 . Research published at the time made it known that Bauer probably held an important position during the Nazi era .

The Berlinale 2020 has a preliminary annual budget of 26 million euros. A share of 8.4 million euros comes from the institutional funding of the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media .

Official Sections

Competition for the Golden Bear

International jury

Invited again to the competition for the Golden Bear in 2020
Director Invitations
Hong Sang-soo ,
Christian Petzold
Sally Potter ,
Tsai Ming-liang
Benoît Delépine &
Gustave Kervern ,
Abel Ferrara ,
Burhan Qurbani

Jeremy Irons was presented as jury president in January 2020 . The British film and theater actor first appeared at the Berlinale in 2011 with his competition entry The Great Crash - Margin Call . In 2013 , Irons played the lead role in the out-of-competition film Night Train to Lisbon . So far, he has appeared in more than 90 film and television roles, often taking on the role of the villain and has been hailed by critics as an “icon of international auteur cinema ” and “master of ambivalence”.

Irons had come under fire for earlier controversial remarks on same-sex marriage , abortion, and for signing a petition in 2009 for filmmaker Roman Polański , who was confronted with rape allegations . He had apologized several times for his statements and on the opening day at a press conference he had unequivocally acknowledged women's rights and diversity .

Several jury members, who were named on February 4, 2020, will assist the jury president in awarding the prizes:


The selection of films in the competition was announced on January 29, 2020 during an official press conference by Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek. A total of 18 films are competing for the Golden Bear.

Film title
(reference title)
Director country Actor (selection) / comment
Berlin Alexanderplatz Burhan Qurbani Germany, Netherlands Welket Bungué , Jella Haase , Albrecht Schuch , Joachim Król , Annabelle Mandeng , Nils Verkooijen , Richard Fouofié Djimeli
DAU. Natasha (ДАУ. Наташа) Ilja Chrschanowski ,
Jekaterina Oertel
Germany, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Russian Federation Natalja Bereschnaja , Olga Schkabarnja , Wladimir Aschippo , Alexei Blinov , Luc Bigé
Domangchin yeoja (도망친 여자)
(The Woman Who Ran)
Hong Sang-soo South Korea Kim Min-hee , Seo Younghwa , Song Seonmi , Kim Saebyuk , Lee Eunmi , Kwon Haehyo , Shin Seokho , Ha Seongguk
Effacer l'historique
(Delete History)
Benoît Delépine ,
Gustave Kervern
France, Belgium Blanche Gardin , Denis Podalydès , Corinne Masiero
(Bad Tales)
Damiano D'Innocenzo,
Fabio D'Innocenzo
Italy, Switzerland Elio Germano , Barbara Chichiarelli , Lino Musella , Gabriel Montesi , Max Malatesta
First cow Kelly Reichardt United States John Magaro , Orion Lee , Toby Jones , Scott Shepherd , Gary Farmer , Lily Gladstone
Rithy Panh France, Cambodia Documentary form
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
(Never Rarely Sometimes Always)
Eliza Hittman United States Sidney Flanigan , Talia Ryder , Théodore Pellerin , Ryan Eggold , Sharon Van Etten
El prófugo
(The Intruder)
Natalia Meta Argentina, Mexico Érica Rivas , Nahuel Pérez Biscayart , Daniel Hendler , Cecilia Roth , Guillermo Arengo , Agustín Rittano , Mirta Busnelli
Rizi (日子)
Tsai Ming-liang Taiwan Lee Kang-sheng , Anong Houngheuangsy
The Roads Not Taken
(The Roads Not Taken)
Sally Potter United Kingdom Javier Bardem , Elle Fanning , Salma Hayek , Laura Linney
(My Little Sister)
Stéphanie Chuat ,
Véronique Reymond
Switzerland Nina Hoss , Lars Eidinger , Marthe Keller , Jens Albinus , Thomas Ostermeier , Linne-Lu Lungershausen , Noah Tscharland , Isabelle Caillat , Moritz Gottwald , Urs Jucker
Le sel des larmes
(The Salt of Tears)
Philippe Garrel France, Switzerland Logann Antuofermo , Oulaya Amamra , André Wilms , Louise Chevillotte , Souheila Yacoub
Sheytan vojud nadarad (شیطان وجود ندارد)
(There Is No Evil / There is no evil)
Mohammad Rasulof Germany, Czech Republic, Iran Ehsan Mirhosseini , Shaghayegh Shourian , Kaveh Ahangar , Alireza Zareparast , Salar Khamseh
Siberia Abel Ferrara Italy, Germany, Mexico Willem Dafoe , Dounia Sichov , Simon McBurney , Cristina Chiriac
Todos os mortos
(All the Dead Ones)
Caetano Gotardo ,
Marco Dutra
Brazil, France Mawusi Tulani , Clarissa Kiste , Carolina Bianchi , Thaia Perez , Alaíde Costa , Leonor Silveira , Agyei Augusto , Rogério Brito , Thomás Aquino , Andrea Marquee
Undine Christian Petzold Germany, France Paula Beer , Franz Rogowski , Maryam Zaree , Jacob Matschenz
Volevo nascondermi
(Hidden Away)
Giorgio Diritti Italy Elio Germano , Pietro Traldi , Orietta Notari , Andrea Gherpelli , Oliver Ewy

Berlinale Special Gala

Films that previously ran out of competition will in future be presented as a Berlinale Special Gala . The original version of Der verrückte Professor (1963) will be shown on the occasion of the transfer of exclusive documents from the estate of Jerry Lewis (1926-2017) to the Deutsche Kinemathek in the presence of his son Chris Lewis. Films announced so far (incl. Berlinale Special ):

Film title
(reference title)
Director country Actor (selection) / comment
The American Sector Courtney Stephens ,
Pacho Velez
United States Documentary form
Charlatan Agnieszka Holland Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Slovak Republic Ivan Trojan , Josef Trojan , Juraj Loj , Jaroslava Pokorná
Curveball Johannes Naber Germany Sebastian Blomberg , Dar Salim , Virginia Kull , Michael Wittenborn , Thorsten Merten , Franziska Brandmeier
DAU . Degeneracy
(DAU. Degeneration)
Ilja Chrschanowski ,
Ilja Permjakow
Germany, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Russian Federation Documentary form
Golda Maria Patrick Sobelman ,
Hugo Sobelman
France Documentary form
High ground Stephen Johnson Australia Simon Baker , Jacob Junior Nayinggul , Jack Thompson , Callan Mulvey , Witiyana Marika , Esmerelda Marimowa
Hillary Nanette Burstein United States Documentary series
Last and First Men Jóhann Jóhannsson Iceland Documentary form
Minamata Andrew Levitas United Kingdom Johnny Depp , Hiroyuki Sanada , Minami , Bill Nighy
My Salinger Year
(opening film)
Philippe Falardeau Canada, Ireland Margaret Qualley , Sigourney Weaver , Douglas Booth , Seána Kerslake , Brían F. O'Byrne
(Numbers / The Numbers)
Oleh Sentsow ,
Eighth Seitablajew
Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, France Yevhen Chernykov , Ahata Larionova , Oleksandr Behma , Maksym Dewisorow , Iryna Mak
Onward: No half measures
Dan Scanlon United States animation
Paris calligrammes Ulrike Ottinger Germany, France World premiere; Documentary form
Pinocchio Matteo Garrone Italy, France Roberto Benigni
The Mad Professor (1963)
(The Nutty Professor)
Jerry Lewis United States Jerry Lewis , Stella Stevens , Del Moore , Kathleen Freeman , Med Flory , Norman Alden
Persian Lessons
(Persian hours)
Vadim Perelman Russian Federation, Germany, Belarus Nahuel Pérez Biscayart , Lars Eidinger , Jonas Nay , Leonie Benesch , Alexander Beyer , David Schütter , Luisa-Céline Gaffron
(Night Shift / To the Limit)
Anne Fontaine France Omar Sy , Virginie Efira , Grégory Gadebois , Payman Maadi
(Time to Hunt)
Yoon Sung-hyun South Korea Lee Je-hoon , Ahn Jae-hong , Choi Woo-shik , Park Jeong-min , Park Hae-soo
Speer Goes to Hollywood Vanessa Lapa Israel Documentary form
Yi Zhi You Dao Hai Shui Bian Lan
(Swimming Out Till The Sea Turns Blue)
Jia Zhang-ke People's Republic of China Documentary form

Berlinale Series

Julia Fidel , who had previously been jointly responsible for the Panorama section and the generation selection committee , was appointed as the new head of the section . The section is to be opened with three 55-minute episodes of the Freud series , the first joint project between ORF and the streaming provider Netflix .

The Drama Series Days , aimed at accredited specialist audiences , will be renamed Berlinale Series Market in 2020 .


The new competition section Encounters (German: “Encounters”) is intended to present “aesthetically and formally unusual works by independent filmmakers”. A maximum of 15 feature or documentary films should be shown as world or international premieres with a running time of 60 minutes or more. A three-person jury decides on awards for the best film, the best director and a special jury award. The artistic director Carlo Chatrian justified this step by stating that technological and economic developments had "made the boundaries between feature and documentary film, film essay and genre less rigid and more permeable".

The program was announced on January 17, 2020. Malmkrog by Cristi Puiu was chosen as the opening film.

Film title
(reference title)
Director country Actor (selection) / comment
Los Conductos Camilo Restrepo France, Colombia, Brazil Luis Felipe Lozano , Fernando Úsaga Higuíta
Funny face Tim Sutton United States Cosmo Jarvis , Dela Meskienyar , Jonny Lee Miller , Victor Garber , Jeremy Bobb , Rhea Pearlman , Dan Hedaya
Gunda Victor Kossakovsky Norway, USA Documentary form
Isabella Matías Piñeiro Argentina, France María Villar , Agustina Muñoz , Pablo Sigal , Gabi Saidón
Laila aur satt geet
(The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs)
Pushpendra Singh India Navjot Randhawa , Sadakkit Bijran , Shahnawaz Bhatt , Ranjit Khajuria , Mohammed Yaseen
The last hour Heinz Emigholz Germany John Erdman , Jonathan Perel , Young Sun Han , Dorothy Ko , Susanne Sachsse , Laurean Wagner
Malmkrog Cristi Puiu Romania, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Bosnia, North Macedonia Frédéric Schulz-Richard , Agathe Bosch , Diana Sakalauskaité , Marina Palii , Ugo Broussot , István Téglás
A Metamorfose dos Pássaros
(The Metamorphosis of Birds)
Catarina Vasconcelos Portugal Documentary form
Naked Animals
(Naked Animals)
Melanie Waelde Germany Marie Tragousti , Sammy Scheuritzel , Michelangelo Fortuzzi , Luna Schaller , Paul Michael Stiehler
Orphea Alexander Kluge ,
Germany Lilith Stangenberg , Ian Madrigal
Shirley Josephine Decker United States Elisabeth Moss , Michael Stuhlbarg , Odessa Young , Logan Lerman
Ivan Ostrochovský Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, Ireland Samuel Skyva , Samuel Polakovič , Vlad Ivanov , Vladimír Strnisko
The Trouble with Being Born Sandra Wollner Austria Germany Lena Watson , Ingrid Burkhard , Dominik Warta , Jana McKinnon
The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) ( Works and Days (the Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin
CW Winter
Anders Edström
USA, Sweden, Japan, United Kingdom Tayoko Shiojiri , Hiroharu Shikata , Ryo Kase , Mai Edström
Zabij to i wyjedz z tego miasta
(Kill It and Leave This Town)
Mariusz Wilczyński Poland animation

Berlinale shorts

In the Berlinale Shorts series , feature, documentary, experimental and animation films with a maximum length of 30 minutes (including credits) are shown. International contributions must not have been shown outside their country of origin before the Berlinale performance. After the long-time section head Maike Mia Höhne was appointed artistic director of the Hamburg International Short Film Festival , programmer, presenter and curator Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck took over the management from June 1, 2019.

In 2020, the International Short Film Jury will include the Hungarian animation filmmaker Réka Bucsis , the Turkish curator Fatma Çolakoğl and the filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese from Lesotho. In addition to the Golden Bear for the best short film and the Silver Bear, the jury will award a nomination for the European Short Film Award and the Audi Short Film Award.

The entries for the short film competition - 24 films from 18 countries - were announced on January 14, 2020:

Film title (reference title) Director country Length
(in min.)
2008 Blake Williams Canada 12 '
À l'entrée de la nuit Anton Bialas France 19 '
Aletsch negatives Laurence Bonvin Switzerland 12 '
Atkūrimas Laurynas Bareisa Lithuania 13 '
Cause of Death Jyoti Mistry South Africa, Austria 20 '
Celle qui porte la pluie Marianne Métivier Canada 17 '
A demonstration Sasha Litvintseva ,
Beny Wagner
Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom 25 '
Écume Omar Elhamy Canada 28
Filipiñana Rafael Manuel Philippines, UK 24 '
Genius Loci Adrien Mérigeau France 16 '
Girl and Body Charlotte Mars Australia 19 '
Gumnaam Din Ekta Mittal India 29 '
HaMa'azin Omer Sterenberg Israel 11 '
How to Disappear Robin Klengel ,
Leonhard Müllner ,
Michael Stumpf
Austria 21 '
Huntsville Station Jamie Meltzer ,
Chris Filippone
United States 14 '
Inflorescence Nicolaas Schmidt Germany 08th'
It Wasn't the Right Mountain, Mohammad Mili Pecherer France 29 '
My Galactic Twin Galaction Sascha Swirski Russian Federation 07 '
Playback. Ensayo de una despedida Agustina Comedi Argentina 14 '
So We Live Rand Abou Fakher Belgium 16 '
Stump the Guesser Guy Maddin ,
Evan Johnson ,
Galen Johnson
Canada 19 '
T Keisha Rae Witherspoon United States 14 '
Union County Adam Meeks United States 14 '

Out of competition:


Michael Stütz, who previously worked as program manager and curator for Panorama , took over the management of the section . The former section head Paz Lázaro switched to the selection committee for the competition.

An initial selection of documentaries and feature films was announced on December 17, 2019. The first focal points included “filmmakers of an up-and-coming, idiosyncratic generation” with plural, postmigrant perspectives ( Faraz Shariat , Uisenma Borchu, Visar Morina ), “current transnational filmmaking” ( Pari ) and the persecution of the LGBTQI * community (Welcome to Chechnya) called. The program was supplemented on January 21, 2020, whereby the section leadership described the selection as “Filmmakers and protagonists stand against authorities”. The Swiss documentary film Saudi Runaway by Susanne Regina Meures was nominated .

Feature films

Film title
(reference title)
Director country Actor (selection)
A l'abordage Guillaume Brac France Éric Nantchouang , Salif Cissé , Édouard Sulpice , Asma Messaoudene , Ana Blagojevic
The Assistant Kitty Green United States Julia Garner , Matthew Macfadyen , Kristine Frøseth , Makenzie Leigh
Cidade Pássaro
(Shine Your Eyes)
Matias Mariani Brazil, France OC Ukeje , Chukwudi Iwuji , Indira Nascimento , Paulo Andre , Ike Barry
Un crimen común
(A Common Crime)
Francisco Marquez Argentina, Brazil, Switzerland Elisa Carricajo , Cecilia Rainero , Mecha Martínez , Eliot Otazo , Ciro Coien Pardo
Digger Georgis Grigorakis Greece, France Vangelis Mourikis , Argyris Pantazaras
Eeb Allay Ooo! Prateek Vats India Shardul Bhardwaj , Shashi Bhushan , Mahender Nath , Naina Sareen , Nitin Goel , Nutan Sinha
Visar Morina Germany, Belgium, Kosovo Mišel Matičević , Sandra Hüller , Rainer Bock , Thomas Mraz
Future three
(No Hard Feelings)
Faraz Shariat Germany Benjamin Radjaipour , Banafshe Hourmazdi , Eidin Jalali
Maria Sødahl Norway, Sweden Andrea Bræin Hovig , Stellan Skarsgård
Kød & Blod
Jeanette Nordahl Denmark Sandra Guldberg Kampp , Sidse Babett Knudsen , Joachim Fjelstrup , Elliott Crosset Hove , Besir Zeciri
Mare Andrea Štaka Switzerland, Croatia Marija Škaričić , Goran Navojec , Mateusz Kościukiewicz , Mirjana Karanović
Las Mil y Una
(One in a Thousand)
Clarisa Navas Argentina, Germany Sofia Cabrera , Ana Carolina Garcia , Mauricio Vila , Luis Molina
Minyan Eric Steel United States Samuel H. Levine , Ron Rifkin , Christopher McCann , Mark Margolis , Richard Topol
Mughal Mowgli Bassam Tariq United Kingdom Riz Ahmed
One of these days Bastian Günther Germany, USA Carrie Preston , Joe Cole , Callie Hernandez
Father - Otac
Srđan Golubović Serbia, France, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina Goran Bogdan , Boris Isaković , Nada Šargin
par Siamak Etemadi Greece, France, Netherlands, Bulgaria Melika Foroutan , Shahbaz Noshir , Sofia Kokkali , Argyris Padazaras , Lena Kitsopoulou
Black Milk
(Black Milk)
Uisenma Borchu Germany, Mongolia Gunsmaa Tsogzol , Uisenma Borchu , Terbish Demberel , Franz Rogowski
Semina il vento
(Sow the Wind)
Danilo Caputo Italy, France, Greece Yile Yara Vianello , Feliciana Sibilano , Caterina Valente , Espedito Chionna
Suk Suk Ray Yeung Hong Kong, China Tai Bo , Ben Yuen , Patra Au Ga Man , Lo Chun Yip , Lam Yiu Sing
Surge Aneil Karia United Kingdom Ben Whishaw , Ellie Haddington , Ian Gelder , Jasmine Jobson
Vento Seco
(Dry Wind)
Daniel Nolasco Brazil Leandro Faria Lelo , Allan Jacinto Santana , Renata Carvalho , Rafael Theophilo


Film title (reference title) Director country Participation
Always Amber Lia Hietala ,
Hannah Reinikainen
Records from the underworld Tizza Covi ,
Rainer Frimmel
Austria Kurt Girk , Alois Schmutzer
Bloody nose, empty pockets Bill Ross ,
Turner Ross
United States
Days of Cannibalism Teboho Edkins France, South Africa, Netherlands
I Dream of Singapore Lei Yuan Bin Singapore
Now or tomorrow
(Running on Empty)
Lisa Weber Austria
(The Foundation Pit)
Andrei Grjasew Russian Federation
Nardjes A. Karim Ainouz Algeria, France, Germany, Brazil, Qatar
Petite fille
(Little Girl)
Sébastien Lifshitz France
O reflexo do lago
(Amazon Mirror)
Fernando Segtowick Brazil
Saudi Runaway Susanne Regina Meures Switzerland
Schlingensief -
A Voice that Shook the Silence
Bettina Boehler Germany Christoph Schlingensief , Margit Carstensen , Irm Hermann , Alfred Edel , Udo Kier , Sophie Rois
Si c'était de l'amour
(If It Were Love)
Patric Chiha France Gisèle Vienne
Welcome to Chechnya David France United States


The film critic, author and curator Cristina Nord took over the management of the section on August 1, 2019. It set up a new film selection committee made up of five experts.

The side series Forum Expanded will continue to be directed by Stefanie Schulte Strathaus.

The forum will take place for the 50th time in 2020 . On this occasion, the Berlinale is showing the full program of the founding year 1971, combined with a supporting program that puts the significance of the first year for the present and the development of the section up for discussion.

Current program

The program was announced on January 20, 2020. EL TANGO DEL VIUDO y su espejo deformante by Raúl Ruiz and Valeria Sarmiento was selected as the opening film. The current program includes 35 films, including 28 world premieres. It is paraphrased with many contributions that "look for ways to mediate between past and present [...]".

Film title
(reference title)
Director country
Anne at 13,000 ft Kazik Radwanski Canada, USA
Anunciaron tormenta
(A Storm Was Coming)
Javier Fernández Vázquez Spain
La casa dell'amore
(The House of Love)
Luca Ferri Italy
Chico ventana también quisiera tener un submarino
(Window Boy Would Also Like to Have A Submarine)
Alex Piperno Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Netherlands, Philippines
Entre perro y lobo Irene Gutierrez Cuba, Spain
(This Is My Desire)
Aria Esiri ,
Chuko Esiri
Nigeria, USA
FOREIGN Viera Čákanyová Czech Republic, Slovak Republic
Generations Lynne Siefert United States
Gli appunti di Anna Azzori / Uno specchio che viaggia nel tempo
(The Notes of Anna Azzori / A Mirror that Travels through Time)
Constanze fame Austria, Germany, France
Gorod usnul
(In Deep Sleep)
Maria Ignatenko Russian Federation
Grève ou crève
(Strike or Die)
Jonathan Rescigno France
Ieşirea trenurilor din gară
(The Exit of The Trains)
Radu Jude ,
Adrian Cioflâncă
Kama fissamaa 'kathalika ala al-ard
(As Above So Below)
Sarah Francis Lebanon
Art comes out of the beak as it has grown Sabine Herpich Germany
Lúa vermella
(Red Moon Tide)
Lois Patiño Spain
Luz nos trópicos
(Light in the Tropics)
Paula Gaitán Brazil
Maggie's Farm James Benning United States
medium Edgardo Cozarinsky Argentina
(The Alien)
Nader Saeivar Iran
Economia Carmen Losmann Germany
Overtures The Living and the Dead Ensemble United Kingdom, France
Petit Samedi Paloma Sermon-Daï Belgium
Ping jing
(The Calming)
Song catch China
Responsabilidad empresarial
(Corporate Accountability)
Jonathan Perel Argentina
Seishin 0
Kazuhiro Soda Japan, USA
EL TANGO DEL VIUDO y su espejo deformante
(THE TANGO OF THE WIDOWER And Its Distorting Mirror)
Raúl Ruiz ,
Valeria Sarmiento
(After the Crossing)
Joël Richmond Mathieu Akafou France, Burkina Faso, Belgium
The Twentieth Century Matthew Rankin Canada
The Two Sights Joshua Bonnetta Canada, UK
Uppercase Print
(Tipografic majuscul)
Radu Jew Romania
Victoria Sofie Benoot ,
Liesbeth De Ceulaer ,
Isabelle Tollenaere
The Viewing Booth Ra'anan Alexandrowicz Israel, USA
Vil, má
(Divinely Evil)
Gustavo Vinagre Brazil
What remains I Šta ostaje I What remains
Clarissa Thieme Germany, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Zeus Machine. L'invincibile
(Zeus Machine. The Invincible)
Nadia Ranocchi ,
David Zamagni

Anniversary program

The film program for the 50th anniversary of the Forum section . The German anti-war film ok , which in 1970 led to the abandonment of the Berlinale and subsequently to the establishment of the forum , was nominated.

Film title
(reference title)
Director country Publishing year annotation
(The Reconstruction)
Theo Angelopoulos Greece 1970
Angela Davis: Portrait of a Revolutionary Yolande du Luart USA, France 1971 Documentary form
El cuarto poder
(The fourth power)
Helena Lumbreras ,
Mariano Lisa
Spain 1971 Documentary form
El Ghorba (Les passagers)
(The Travelers)
Annie Tresgot Algeria 1971 Documentary form
Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther William Klein Algeria, France 1970 Documentary form
(The Ceremony)
Nagisa Ōshima Japan 1971
The Great Chicago Conspiracy Circus
(The Great Chicago Conspiracy Circus)
Kerry Feltham Canada 1970 Documentary form
The big mess Alexander Kluge FRG 1971
I-outside objects Klaus Bessau FRG 1970/71 Short film
Mare's Tail David Larcher United Kingdom 1969
Mes voisins
(My neighbors)
Med Hondo France 1971 Documentary form
Monangambeee Sarah Maldoror Algeria 1969 Short film
Les mots ont un sens
(The words have a meaning)
Chris Marker France 1970 Short film / documentary form
The Murder of Fred Hampton
(The murder of Fred Hampton)
Howard Alk United States 1970 Documentary form
It is not the homosexual who is perverse, but the situation in which he lives Rosa von Praunheim FRG 1971
OK Michael Verhoeven FRG 1970
Luchino Visconti Italy 1943
Ostia Sergio Citti Italy 1970
Phela ndaba
(End of the Dialogue)
Antonia Caccia ,
Chris Curling ,
Simon Louvish ,
Nana Mahomo ,
Vus Make ,
Rakhetla Tsehlana
South Africa 1970 Documentary form
A bonus for Irene Helke Sander FRG 1971
Remparts d'argile
(clay walls)
Jean-Louis Bertuccelli France, Algeria 1970
One thing that goes without saying (15x) Harun Farocki ,
Hartmut Bitomsky
FRG 1971
Sochaux: 11 Juin 68 Bruno Muel ,
Groupe Medvedkine de Sochaux
France 1970 Short film / documentary form
Soleil Ô Med Hondo France, Mauritania 1967
Alexander Medvedkin USSR 1935
WR - Misterije Organizma
(WR - The Mysteries of the Organism)
Dušan Makavejev Yugoslavia, FRG 1971
Les trois-quarts de la vie
(Three quarters of life)
Groupe Medvedkine de Sochaux France 1970 Short film / documentary form
The Woman's Film
(The Women's Film)
Newsreel Group
(Judy Smith, Louise Alaimo , Ellen Sorrin )
United States 1970 Documentary form
Les yeux ne veulent pas en tout temps se fermer ou Peut-être qu'un jour Rome se permettra de choisir à son tour (Othon)
(The eyes do not want to close at all times or maybe one day Rome will allow itself to choose (Othon))
Jean-Marie Straub ,
Danièle Huillet
FRG, Italy 1970


This Berlinale section shows suitable international film productions for children and young people. Long films with a running time of at least 60 minutes and short films with a maximum duration of 20 minutes that were completed within twelve months before the start of the festival were allowed. Foreign productions may be shown in advance at a non-European festival, broadcast in the country of origin on television or distributed via video-on-demand . European films (with the exception of German productions) are permitted in advance to have been published in the country of origin, at a national festival or an explicit children's or youth film festival, or to have had a national theatrical release. The head of the section is Maryanne Redpath. In 2020, the section comprises 59 competition entries, including 29 world premieres and eleven debut films from 34 countries. The proportion of women invited to directors is 58 percent.

As an award, a glass bear will be given to a film and a documentary by a children's jury (eleven Berlin children aged 11 to 14 years) and a youth jury (seven young people between 14 and 18 years of age). There is a separate international Generation Kplus jury that awards cash prizes for the best feature-length and short film donated by the German Children's Fund . Another international jury, on behalf of the Federal Agency for Civic Education , awards a grand prize for the best feature film and a special prize for the best short film.

Generation Kplus

Film title
(reference title)
Director country annotation
Black Sheep Boy James Molle France Short film / animation
Death of Nintendo Raya Martin Philippines, USA
Un diable dans la poche Antoine Bonnet ,
Mathilde Loubes
France Short film / animation
Elders Tony Briggs Australia Short film / documentary form
A fool god Hiwot Admasu Done France Short film
H is for happiness John Sheedy Australia Debut film
Hello Ahma Siyou Tan United States Short film
The kites Seyed Payam Hosseini Iran Short film
The little bird and the bees
(The Little Bird and the Bees)
Lena von Döhren Switzerland Short film / animation
Aliona Baranova Czech Republic Short film / animation
Los Lobos Samuel Kishi Leopo Mexico
Mamá, mamá, mamá
(Mum, Mum, Mum)
Sol Berruezo Pichon-Rivière Argentina
Maïmouna Doucouré France Debut film
Mishou Milen Vitanov Germany, Bulgaria Short film / animation
Money Honey Isaac Knights-Washbourn New Zealand Short film
Mugge & vejfesten
(Monty and the Street Party)
Morgenthaler Mikael Wulff is different
Denmark animation
Las niñas
Pilar Palomero Spain
El nombre del hijo
(The Name of the Son)
Martina Matzkin Argentina Short film
Ochite mi sini, rokljata sharena
(Blue Eyes and Colorful My Dress)
Polina Gumiela Germany Documentary form
(Under the Skin)
Emma Branderhorst Netherlands Short film
Perro Lin Sternal Germany Debut film / documentary form
Qiu shi
Sun Lijun People's Republic of China Short film / animation

Ana Flavia Cavalcanti ,
Julia Zakia
Brazil Short film
En route Marit Weerheijm Netherlands Short film
El sghayra
Amira Géhanne Khalfallah Algeria, France Short film
El silencio del río
(The Silence of the River)
Francesca Canepa Peru Short film
(Chronicle of Space)
Akshay Indicar India
Sune - Best Man Jon Holmberg Sweden
Sweet thing Alexandre Rockwell United States
toni_with_an_i Marco Alessi United Kingdom Short film
The veins of the world
(Veins of the World)
Byambasuren Davaa Germany, Mongolia

Generation 14plus

Film title
(reference title)
Director country annotation
Alice Júnior Gil Baroni Brazil
Tone Ottilie Denmark Short film
Broken Bird Rachel Gordon United States Short film
Clebs Halima Ouardiri Canada Short film / documentary form
Comrades Kanas Liu Hong Kong / China Short film / documentary form
La déesse des mouches à feu
(Goddess of the Fireflies)
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette Canada
The Earth Is Blue as an Orange Iryna Zilyk Ukraine, Lithuania Documentary form
The Flame Nick Waterman Australia Short film / documentary form
Goodbye Golovin Mathieu Grimard Canada Short film
Grevillea Jordan Giusti Australia Short film
Hot mother Lucy Knox New Zealand Short film
(Sisters in the End of the World)
Luciana Mazeto ,
Vinícius Lopes
jumbo Zoé Wittock France, Belgium, Luxembourg
Kaze no Denwa
(Voices in the Wind)
Nobuhiro Suwa Japan
cocoon Leonie Krippendorff Germany
Le mal du siècle
(The Great Malaise)
Catherine Lepage Canada Short film / animation
Meu nome é Bagdá
(My Name is Baghdad)
Caru Alves de Souza Brazil
Något att minnas
(Something to remember)
Niki Lindroth from Bahr Sweden Short film / animation
Notre-Dame du Nil
(Our Lady of the Nile)
Atiq Rahimi France
Palazzo di Giustizia
(Ordinary Justice)
Chiara Bellosi Italy, Switzerland
Èrika Sánchez Spain Short film
Paradise Drifters Mees Peijnenburg Netherlands Debut film
Pompei Anna Falguères ,
John Shank
Belgium, France, Canada
Progresso Renaissance Marta Anatra Italy, France Short film / documentary form
White Riot Rubika Shah United Kingdom Debut film / documentary form
White Winged Horse Mahyar Mandegar Iran Short film
Who Can Predict What Will Move You Livia Huang United States Short film
Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness
(Yalda, la nuit du pardon, also just Yalda)
Massoud Bakhshi France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Lebanon, Iran

Perspective German cinema

The Perspective German Cinema section, created at the suggestion of Dieter Kosslick in 2002, presents both short and long feature, documentary and experimental films by young German filmmakers with a minimum length of 20 minutes. It is aimed at talented directors who are at the beginning of their careers. Prior participation of the entries at a film festival is not an exclusion criterion. Section head Linda Söffker , who made a selection from over 200 submitted contributions, outlined the program with “women who act in small and large contexts who move the fate of the world and who have their own idea of ​​home”. Kino International will serve as the premiere cinema for the section for the first time in 2020 .

The entries include the Kompass-Perspektive-Preis (endowed with 5,000 euros, jury: Mia Spengler , Bernd Lange and Melanie Andernach ), the "Kompagnon" award (grant of 5,000 euros / 2,500 euros for short films) and the Heiner Carow Award .

The contributions announced so far:

Feature films:


Retrospective and Berlinale Classics

The American director, producer and screenwriter King Vidor (1894–1982) will be the focus of the retrospective. Rainer Rother , Artistic Director of the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen and head of the retrospective, explained the choice: “With the help of King Vidor's work, not only the history of Hollywood over 50 years can be traced, but also that of the United States in that one Period: From the beginning, Vidor took up significant events and current political developments from the First World War to the Great Depression to the New Deal in his films . "Carlo Chatrian on King's importance for film history, but also the present:" King Vidor was convinced of the Humanity that cinema can convey to its audience, and for this purpose it has continually developed new cinematic means. That makes him today - perhaps more than other old masters, whose style is clearly identifiable - a source of inspiration for all those who want to tell our rapidly changing world. "

In addition, the Berlinale Classics series includes new restorations of classic films and rediscovered works. The digitally restored version of Paul Leni's silent film classic The Wax Figure Cabinet (1924) was selected as the opening film for February 21, 2019 .

Cross-section jury awards

Berlinale Documentary Award

The award, endowed with 40,000 euros, is donated by the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) across all sections and awarded to a documentary film. The three-person jury consists of the German filmmaker and producer Gerd Kroske , the French-American filmmaker and curator Marie Losier and the Canadian filmmaker, singer, artist and activist Alanis Obomsawin .

In 2020, 21 films from the sections Competition (1 film), Berlinale Special (3), Encounters (2), Panorama and Forum (6 each), Generation (1) and Perspective German Cinema (2) have been nominated:

full list

  1. Always Amber (Panorama)
  2. The American Sector (Berlinale Special)
  3. Anunciaron tormenta (forum)
  4. Records from the Underworld (Panorama)
  5. Automotive (German Cinema Perspective)
  6. La casa dell'amore (forum)
  7. Days of Cannibalism (Panorama)
  8. Grève ou crève (Forum)
  9. Gunda (Encounters)
  10. Irradiés (competition)
  11. Now or tomorrow (panorama)
  12. Medium (forum)
  13. A Metamorfose dos Pássaros (Encounters)
  14. Perro
  15. Petite fille (panorama)
  16. O reflexo do lago (panorama)
  17. Responsabilidad empresarial (forum)
  18. Speer Goes to Hollywood (Berlinale Special)
  19. Victoria (forum)
  20. Walchensee Forever (German Cinema Perspective)
  21. Yi Zhi You Dao Hai Shui Bian Lan (Berlinale Special)

GWFF Award for Best First Feature

The award, endowed with 50,000 euros, has been donated by the Society for the Perception of Film and Television Rights (GWFF) across all sections since 2006 and given to a debut film. The three-person jury consists of the Serbian director and author Ognjen Glavonić , the Egyptian director, producer and film collective founder Hala Lotfy and the Spanish programmer and film scholar Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria .

In 2020, 21 films from the Encounters (3 films), Panorama (8), Forum (4), Generation (4) and Perspektive Deutsches Kino (2) sections have been nominated:

full list

  1. Chico ventana también quisiera tener un submarino (forum)
  2. Cidade Pássaro (panorama)
  3. Los Conductos (Encounters)
  4. Digger (panorama)
  5. Eyimofe (Nigeria)
  6. Future three (panorama)
  7. Gorod usnul (forum)
  8. Kids Run (German Cinema Perspective)
  9. Irmã (generation)
  10. Kød & Blod (Panorama)
  11. Mamá, mamá, mamá (generation)
  12. Minyan (panorama)
  13. Mogul Mowgli (panorama)
  14. Naked Animals (Encounters)
  15. Namo (forum)
  16. Las niñas (generation)
  17. Palazzo di Giustizia (generation)
  18. Pari (panorama)
  19. Sleep (German Cinema Perspective)
  20. Vento Seco (panorama)
  21. Zabij to i wyjedz z tego miasta (Encounters)

Award winners

Mohammad Rasulof (connected via video chat), daughter Baran Rasulof and the Berlinale trophy won

International competition

Berlinale shorts



First film

  • Best debut film: Los conductos by Camilo Restrepo
  • Honorable Mention: Naked Animals by Melanie Waelde


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Honorary award winners: Helen Mirren (left) and Ulrike Ottinger

Prizes of honor

The following films were shown in the homage:

Independent juries

Web links

Commons : Berlin International Film Festival 2020  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

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