65th Berlin International Film Festival

The 65th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 5 to 15 February 2015, with American film director Darren Aronofsky as the President of the Jury.[2][3] German film director Wim Wenders was presented with the Honorary Golden Bear.[4] The first seven films of the festival were announced on 15 December 2014.[5] Isabel Coixet's Nobody Wants the Night was announced as the opening film.[6]

65th Berlin International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmNobody Wants the Night
Closing filmTaxi
LocationBerlin, Germany
AwardsGolden Bear (Taxi)
Hosted byAnke Engelke[1]
Festival date5–15 February 2015

The Iranian drama film Taxi, directed by Jafar Panahi, won the Golden Bear, which also served as the closing film of the festival.[7][8]

For the first time in 2015, a "Berlin Critics' Week" ran parallel to the official festival. Similar to International Critics' Week at the Cannes festival, Berlin Critics' Week (alternatively referred to as "Critics' Week Berlin") is a sidebar run by the German Film Critics Association and screens arthouse films.[9][10][11][12]


Darren Aronofsky, Jury President

Main CompetitionEdit

The following people were on the jury for the festival:[13]

International jury

First Feature Award JuryEdit

The following people were on the jury for the Best First Feature:[14]

International Short Film JuryEdit

The following people were on the jury for the Best Short Film:[15]

In competitionEdit

The following films were selected for the main competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards:[5][16][17]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
45 Years 45 Years Andrew Haigh United Kingdom
Aferim! Radu Jude Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic
As We Were Dreaming Als wir träumten Andreas Dresen Germany, France
Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories Cha và con và Dang Di Phan Vietnam
Body Ciało Małgorzata Szumowska Poland
Chasuke's Journey 天の茶助 Ten no Chasuke Sabu Japan
Diary of a Chambermaid Journal d'une femme de chambre Benoît Jacquot Belgium, France
Eisenstein in Guanajuato Eisenstein in Guanajuato Peter Greenaway Netherlands, Mexico, Belgium, Finland
Gone with the Bullets 一步之遥 Yi bu zhi yao Jiang Wen China
Ixcanul Ixcanul Jayro Bustamante Guatemala, France
Knight of Cups Knight of Cups Terrence Malick United States
Nobody Wants the Night Nadie quiere la noche Isabel Coixet Spain, France, Bulgaria
Queen of the Desert Queen of the Desert Werner Herzog United States, Morocco
Sworn Virgin Vergine giurata Laura Bispuri Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Albania, Kosovo
Taxi تاکسی Jafar Panahi Iran
The Club El Club Pablo Larraín Chile
The Pearl Button El botón de nácar Patricio Guzmán France, Chile, Spain
Under Electric Clouds Под электрическими облаками Pod electricheskimi oblakami Aleksei Alekseivich German Russia, Ukraine, Poland
Victoria Victoria Sebastian Schipper Germany

Out of competitionEdit

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
13 Minutes Elser Oliver Hirschbiegel Germany
Cinderella Cinderella Kenneth Branagh United States
Every Thing Will Be Fine Wim Wenders Germany, Canada, France, Sweden, Norway
Mr. Holmes Mr. Holmes Bill Condon United Kingdom, United States


The following films were selected for the Panorama section:[18][19]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
54 (director's cut) 54 Mark Christopher United States
600 Miles 600 Millas Gabriel Ripstein Mexico
Absence Ausência Chico Teixeira Brazil, Chile, France
Angelica Angelica Mitchell Lichtenstein United States
Bizarre Bizarre Étienne Faure France, United States
Blue Blood Sangue azul Lírio Ferreira Brazil
The Blue Hour Onthakan Anucha Boonyawatana Thailand
Butterfly Mariposa Marco Berger Argentina
Chorus Chorus François Delisle Canada
Dora or the Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents Dora oder Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern Stina Werenfels Switzerland, Germany
Dyke Hard Dyke Hard Bitte Andersson Sweden
The Fire El incendio Juan Schnitman Argentina
How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) Josh Kim Thailand, United States, Indonesia
I Am Michael I Am Michael Justin Kelly United States
The Last Summer of the Rich Der letzte Sommer der Reichen Peter Kern Austria
Love, Theft and Other Entanglements Al-Hob wa Al-Sariqa wa Mashakel Ukhra الحب والسرقة ومشاكل أخرى Muayad Alayan Palestine
A Minor Leap Down Paridan az Ertefa Kam Hamed Rajabi Iran, France
Murder in Pacot Meurtre à Pacot Raoul Peck France, Haiti, Norway
Nasty Baby Nasty Baby Sebastián Silva United States
Necktie Youth Necktie Youth Sibs Shongwe-La Mer South Africa
Ned Rifle Ned Rifle Hal Hartley United States
Ode to My Father Gukjesijang Yoon Je-kyoon South Korea
Out of My Hand Out of My Hand Takeshi Fukunaga (福永壮志) United States
Out of Nature Mot naturen Ole Giæver, Marte Vold Norway
Paradise in Service 軍中樂園 Jun Zhong Le Yuan Doze Niu Taiwan
Petting Zoo Petting Zoo Micah Magee Germany, Greece, United States
Pioneer Heroes Pionery-geroi Natalia Kudryashova Russia
The Sea Is Behind Al bahr min ouaraikoum البحر من ورائكم Hisham Lasri Morocco
The Second Mother Que Horas Ela Volta? Anna Muylaert Brazil
Stories of Our Lives Stories of Our Lives Jim Chuchu Kenya
The Summer of Sangailė Sangailė Alantė Kavaitė Lithuania, France, Netherlands
Thanatos, Drunk 醉·生夢死 Zui Sheng Meng Si Chang Tso-Chi Taiwan
Tough Love Härte Rosa von Praunheim Germany
Why Me? De ce eu? Tudor Giurgiu Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary

Berlinale SpecialEdit

The following films were selected for the Berlinale Special section:[20][21]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Are You Here Are You Here Matthew Weiner United States
Bloodline Bloodline Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler United States
La Bohème Breathe Umphefumlo Mark Dornford-May South Africa
Fifty Shades of Grey Fifty Shades of Grey Sam Taylor-Johnson United States
Greenery Will Bloom Again Torneranno i prati Ermanno Olmi Italy
Life Life Anton Corbijn United Kingdom, Canada
The Look of Silence The Look of Silence Joshua Oppenheimer Denmark, Norway, Finland, United Kingdom, Indonesia
Love and Mercy Love and Mercy Bill Pohlad United States
The Misplaced World [de] Die abhandene Welt Margarethe von Trotta Germany
Selma Selma Ava DuVernay United Kingdom, United States
The Seventh Fire The Seventh Fire Jack Pettibone Riccobono United States
Virgin Mountain Fúsi Dagur Kári Iceland, Denmark
Woman in Gold Woman in Gold Simon Curtis United Kingdom, United States

Berlinale ClassicsEdit

The following films were selected to be screened in the Berlinale Classics section:[22]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country and year
Born in '45 Jahrgang 45 Jürgen Böttcher East Germany (1966)
The Cat Has Nine Lives Neun Leben hat die Katze Ula Stöckl West Germany (1968)
Goldfinger Goldfinger Guy Hamilton United Kingdom (1964)
In Cold Blood In Cold Blood Richard Brooks United States (1967)
Variety Varieté Ewald André Dupont Germany (1925)


The Golden Bear of 2015 was awarded to Taxi by Iranian director Jafar Panahi.

The following prizes were awarded:[7]

Festival appearanceEdit

The festival poster was designed by BOROS agency, who made the previous four posters of the festival. Festival director Dieter Kosslick described the poster as "the glamorous and suspense-packed second that precedes every cinema experience is when the curtain opens to reveal the screen. This year's poster motif aims to stir anticipation for that magical moment".[29]


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