69th Berlin International Film Festival

The 69th annual Berlin International Film Festival took place from 7 to 17 February 2019.[1] French actress Juliette Binoche served as the Jury President. Lone Scherfig's drama film The Kindness of Strangers opened the festival.[2] The Golden Bear was won by Israeli-French drama Synonyms directed by Nadav Lapid, which also served as the closing film of the festival.[3]

69th Berlin International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmThe Kindness of Strangers
Closing filmSynonyms
LocationBerlin, Germany
AwardsGolden Bear (Synonyms)
Festival date7–17 February 2019
Berlin International Film Festival chronology


Main competitionEdit

Main competition jury at the closing ceremony at Berlinale 2019 (from left to right): Sebastián Lelio, Juliette Binoche, Rajendra Roy, Trudie Styler, Justin Chang, and Sandra Hüller

The following were on the jury for the Berlinale Competition section:[4][5]

International jury

First Feature Award JuryEdit

The following people were on the jury for the Best First Feature Award:[6]

  • Katja Eichinger, journalist, writer and film producer (Germany)
  • Alain Gomis, film director and screenwriter (France)
  • Vivian Qu, director, screenwriter and film producer (China)

Documentary Award JuryEdit

The following people were on the jury for the Documentary Award:[6]

International Short Film JuryEdit

The following people were on the jury for the Berlinale Shorts section:[7]

In competitionEdit

The following films were selected for the main competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards:[8][9][10]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
By the Grace of God Grâce à dieu François Ozon France
Elisa & Marcela* Elisa y Marcela Isabel Coixet Spain
Ghost Town Anthology Répertoire des villes disparues Denis Côté Canada
God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija Gospod postoi, imeto i' e Petrunija Teona Strugar Mitevska Belgium, Croatia, France, Macedonia, Slovenia
The Golden Glove Der Goldene Handschuh Fatih Akin France, Germany
The Ground Beneath My Feet* Der Boden unter den Füßen Marie Kreutzer Austria
The Kindness of Strangers Lone Scherfig Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States
I Was at Home, But Ich war zuhause, aber Angela Schanelec Germany, Serbia
Mr Jones Agnieszka Holland Poland, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Öndög Wang Quan'an China
Out Stealing Horses Ut og stjæle hester Hans Petter Moland Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Piranhas La paranza dei bambini Claudio Giovannesi Italy
So Long, My Son Di jiu tian chang Wang Xiaoshuai China
Synonyms* Synonymes Nadav Lapid France, Germany, Israel
System Crasher Systemsprenger Nora Fingscheidt Germany
A Tale of Three Sisters Kız Kardeşler Emin Alper Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Turkey

Out of competitionEdit

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:[10]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Amazing Grace Alan Elliott United States
Farewell to the Night L'adieu à la nuit André Téchiné France, Germany
Marighella Wagner Moura Brazil
The Operative Yuval Adler France, Germany, Israel, United States
Varda by Agnès Varda par Agnès Agnès Varda France
Vice Adam McKay United States


The following films were selected for the Panorama section:[11][12]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
37 Seconds 37秒 (37-Byō) Hikari Japan
Acid* Кислота Alexander Gorchilin Russia
All My Loving Geschwister Edward Berger Germany
The Breath Der Atem Uli M Schueppel Germany
Brief Story from the Green Planet* Breve historia del planeta verde Santiago Loza Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Spain
Buoyancy Rodd Rathjen Australia
Chained עינויים שלי (Eynayim Sheli) Yaron Shani Germany, Israel
Dafne Federico Bondi Italy
The Day After I'm Gone [he] היום שאחרי לאחת Nimrod Eldar Israel
Divine Love Divino Amor Gabriel Mascaro Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Uruguay
A Dog Barking at the Moon* 再见南屏晚钟 Xiang Zi China, Spain
Family Members* Los miembros de la familia Mateo Bendesky Argentina
Flatland Jenna Bass Germany, Luxembourg, South Africa
Flesh Out Michela Occhipinti Italy
Greta* Armando Praça Brazil
Hellhole Bas Devos Belgium, Netherlands
Holy Beasts* La fiera y la fiesta Laura Amelia Guzmán Argentina, Dominican Republic, Mexico
Idol Woo Sang Lee Su-jin South Korea
Jessica Forever Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel France
Light of My Life Casey Affleck United States
Mid90s Jonah Hill United States
Midnight Traveler Hassan Fazili and Emelie Mahdavian Canada, Qatar, United Kingdom, United States
The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea* To thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón Syllas Tzoumerkas Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Sweden
Monos* Alejandro Landes Argentina, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Uruguay
O Beautiful Night Doch wir lächeln zurück Xaver Xylophon Germany
The Shadow Play 风中有朵雨做的云 Lou Ye China
Skin Guy Nattiv United States
The Souvenir Joanna Hogg United Kingdom, United States
Staff Only Neus Ballús France, Spain
Stitches Šavovi Miroslav Terzić Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia
Tremors* Temblores Jayro Bustamante France, Guatemala, Luxembourg

Panorama DokumenteEdit

The following films were selected for the Panorama Dokumente section:[11]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Beauty and Decay* Schönheit & Vergänglichkeit Annekatrin Hendel Germany
A Dog Called Money Seamus Murphy Ireland, United Kingdom
Lemebel* Joanna Reposi Garibaldi Chile, Colombia
Normal* Adele Tulli Italy, Sweden
On the Starting Line La Arrancada Aldemar Matias Brazil, Cuba, France
Searching Eva* Pia Hellenthal Germany
Selfie Agostino Ferrente France, Italy
Serendipity Prune Nourry United States
Shooting the Mafia Kim Longinotto Ireland, United Kingdom
System K Système K Renaud Barret France
Talking About Trees Suhaib Gasmelbari Chad, France, Germany, Qatar, Sudan
Waiting for the Carnival Estou Me Guardando Para Quando O Carnaval Chegar Marcelo Gomes Brazil
Western Arabs Omar Shargawi Denmark, Netherlands
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael Rob Garver United States

Berlinale SpecialEdit

The following films were selected for the Berlinale Special section:[8][9][10]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky Canada
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Chiwetel Ejiofor United Kingdom
Brecht Heinrich Breloer Austria, Germany, Czech Republic
The North El Norte Gregory Nava United Kingdom, United States
Gully Boy Zoya Akhtar India
It Could Have Been Worse – Mario Adorf Es hätte schlimmer kommen können – Mario Adorf Dominik Wessely Germany
Kids in the Spotlight Lampenfieber Alice Agneskirchner Germany
Peter Lindbergh – Women Stories Jean Michel Vecchiet Germany
Photograph Ritesh Batra Germany, India, United States
Watergate Charles Ferguson United States
Who You Think I Am Celle que vous croyez Safy Nebbou France
You Only Live Once – Die Toten Hosen on Tour Weil du nur einmal lebst – Die Toten Hosen auf Tour Cordula Kablitz-Post Germany


* LGBTQ feature; eligible for the Teddy Award


Nadav Lapid with Golden Bear at the closing ceremony at Berlinale 2019

The following prizes were awarded:[13][14][15]


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