70th Berlin International Film Festival

The 70th annual Berlin International Film Festival took place from 20 February to 1 March 2020.[1][2] It was the first under the leadership of new Berlin Film Festival heads, business administration director Mariette Rissenbeek and artistic director Carlo Chatrian.[3] The festival opened with the opening gala presented by actor Samuel Finzi followed by the world premiere of the film My Salinger Year which was selected for the Berlinale Special section.[4] The Golden Bear was awarded to the Iranian film There Is No Evil, directed by Mohammad Rasoulof.[5]

70th Berlin International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmMy Salinger Year
Closing filmThere Is No Evil
LocationBerlin, Germany
AwardsGolden Bear (There Is No Evil)
Festival date20 February – 1 March 2020
Berlin International Film Festival chronology


Main competitionEdit

The following were on the jury for the Berlinale Competition section:[6][7]

International jury

Encounters Awards JuryEdit

The following people were on the jury for the Encounters Awards:[8]

Best First Feature Award JuryEdit

The following people were on the jury for the Best First Feature Award:[9]

Documentary Award JuryEdit

The following people were on the jury for the Berlinale Documentary film award:[10]

International Short Film JuryEdit

The following people were on the jury for the Berlinale Shorts section:[11]

In competitionEdit

The following films were selected for the main competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards:[12][13]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
All the Dead Ones Todos os mortos Caetano Gotardo and Marco Dutra Brazil, France
Bad Tales Favolacce Damiano and Fabio D'Innocenzo Italy, Switzerland
Berlin Alexanderplatz Burhan Qurbani Germany, Netherlands, France
DAU. Natasha Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Jekaterina Oertel Germany, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Russia
Days 日子 Tsai Ming-liang Taiwan
Delete History Effacer l'historique Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern France, Belgium
First Cow Kelly Reichardt United States
Hidden Away Volevo nascondermi Giorgio Diritti Italy
The Intruder El Prófugo Natalia Meta Argentina, Mexico
Irradiated Irradiés Rithy Panh France, Cambodia
My Little Sister Schwesterlein Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond Switzerland
Never Rarely Sometimes Always Eliza Hittman United States
The Roads Not Taken Sally Potter United Kingdom
The Salt of Tears Le sel des larmes Philippe Garrel France, Switzerland
Siberia Abel Ferrara Italy, Germany, Mexico
There Is No Evil شیطان وجود ندارد Mohammad Rasoulof Germany, Czech Republic, Iran
Undine Christian Petzold Germany, France
The Woman Who Ran 도망친 여자 Hong Sang-soo South Korea


The following films were selected for the new Encounters section:[14]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Funny Face Tim Sutton United States
Gunda Victor Kossakovsky Norway, United States
Isabella Matías Piñeiro Argentina
Kill It and Leave This Town Zabij to i wyjedz z tego miasta Mariusz Wilczyński Poland
Los Conductos Camilo Restrepo Brazil, Colombia, France
The Last City Die letzte Stadt Heinz Emigholz Germany
Malmkrog Cristi Puiu Bosnia, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland
The Metamorphosis of Birds A metamorfose dos pássaros Catarina Vasconcelos Portugal
Naked Animals Nackte Tiere Melanie Waelde Germany
Orphea Khavn and Alexander Kluge Germany
Servants Služobníci Ivan Ostrochovský Czech Republic, Ireland, Romania, Slovakia
The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs Laila aur satt geet Pushpendra Singh India
Shirley Josephine Decker United States
The Trouble with Being Born Sandra Wollner Austria, Germany
The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) Anders Edström and C.W. Winter Japan, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States


The following films were selected for the Panorama section:[15][16][17][18]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
All Hands on Deck À L'abordage Guillaume Brac France
Always Amber Alltid Amber Lia Hietala and Hannah Reinikainen Sweden
The Assistant Kitty Green United States
Black Milk Schwarze Milch Uisenma Borchu Germany, Mongolia
A Common Crime Un crimen común Francisco Márquez Argentina, Brazil, Switzerland
Digger Georgis Grigorakis Greece, France
Dry Wind Vento Seco Daniel Nolasco Brazil
Eeb Allay Ooo! Prateek Vats India
Exile Exil Visar Morina Belgium, Germany, Kosovo
Father Otac Srdan Golubović Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, Serbia, Slovenia
Hope Håp Maria Sødahl Norway, Sweden
If It Were Love Si c'était de l'amour Patric Chiha France
Mare Andrea Štaka Croatia, Switzerland
Minyan Eric Steel United States
Mughal Mowgli Bassam Tariq United Kingdom
No Hard Feelings Futur Drei Faraz Shariat Germany
Notes from the Underworld Aufzeichnungen aus der Unterwelt Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel Austria
One in a Thousand Las Mil y Una Clarisa Navas Argentina, Germany
One of These Days Bastian Günther Germany, United States
Pari Siamak Etemadi Bulgaria, France, Greece, Netherlands
Shine Your Eyes Cidade Pássaro Matias Mariani Brazil
Sow the Wind Semina il vento Danilo Caputo France, Greece, Italy
Suk Suk Ray Yeung Hong Kong
Surge Aneil Karia United Kingdom
Wildland Kød & Blod Jeanette Nordahl Denmark

Panorama DokumenteEdit

The following films were selected for the Panorama Dokumente section:[15][16]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Amazon Mirror O reflexo do lago Fernando Segtowick Brazil
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets Bill and Turner Ross United States
Days of Cannibalism Teboho Edkins France, Netherlands, South Africa
The Foundation Pit Kotlovan Andrey Gryazev Russia
I Dream of Singapore Lei Yuan Bin Singapore, Malaysia, United Kingdom
If It Were Love Si c'était de l'amour Patric Chiha France
Little Girl Petite fille Sébastien Lifshitz France, Belgium
Nardjes A. Karim Aïnouz Algeria, Brazil, France, Germany, Qatar
Running on Empty Jetzt oder morgen Lisa Weber Austria
Schlingensief – A Voice That Shook the Silence Schlingensief – In das Schweigen hineinschreien Bettina Böhler Germany
Welcome to Chechnya David France USA

Berlinale SpecialEdit

The following films were selected for the Berlinale Special section:

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
The American Sector Courtney Stephens and Pacho Velez United States
Charlatan Agnieszka Holland Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia
Curveball Johannes Naber Germany
DAU. Degeneration DAU. Degeneratsia Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Ilya Permyakov Germany, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Russia
Golda Maria Patrick Sobelman and Hugo Sobelman France
High Ground Stephen Maxwell Johnson Australia
Hillary Nanette Burstein United States
Last and First Men Jóhann Jóhannsson Iceland
Minamata Andrew Levitas United Kingdom
My Salinger Year Philippe Falardeau Canada, Ireland
Night Shift Police Anne Fontaine France
Numbers Nomera Oleg Sentsov in collaboration with Akhtem Seitablaiev Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, France
The Nutty Professor Jerry Lewis United States
Onward Dan Scanlon United States
Paris Calligrammes Ulrike Ottinger Germany, France
Persian Lessons Vadim Perelman Russia, Germany, Belarus
Pinocchio Matteo Garrone Italy, France, United Kingdom
Speer Goes to Hollywood Vanessa Lapa Israel
Swimming Out Till The Sea Turns Blue 一直游到海水变蓝 Jia Zhangke China
Time to Hunt 사냥의 시간 Yoon Sung-hyun South Korea

Berlinale ShortsEdit

The following films were selected for the Berlinale shorts section:[19]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
2008 Blake Williams Canada
À l'entrée de la nuit Anton Bialas France
Aletsch Negative Laurence Bonvin Switzerland
Atkūrimas Laurynas Bareisa Lithuania
Cause of Death Jyoti Mistry South Africa/Austria
A Demonstration Sasha Litvintseva, Beny Wagner Germany/Netherlands/UK
Filipiñana Rafael Manuel Philippines/UK
Foam Écume Omar Elhamy Canada
Genius Loci Adrien Mérigeau France
Girl and Body Charlotte Mars Australia
Gumnaam Din Ekta Mittal India
HaMa'azin Omer Sterenberg Israel
How to Disappear Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf Austria
Huntsville Station Jamie Meltzer, Chris Filippone USA
Inflorescence Nicolaas Schmidt Germany
It Wasn't the Right Mountain, Mohammad Mili Pecherer France
My Galactic Twin Galaction Sasha Svirsky Russia
Playback Ensayo de una despedida Agustina Comedi Argentina
She Who Wears the Rain Celle qui porte la pluie Marianne Métivier Canada
So We Live Rand Abou Fakher Belgium
Stump the Guesser Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson Canada
T Keisha Rae Witherspoon USA
Union County Adam Meeks USA
Veitstanz/Feixtanz Gabriele Stötzer East Germany (1988)

Other sectionsEdit

The Berlinale retrospective included more than 30 films by Hollywood filmmaker King Vidor.[20] The homage was dedicated to Helen Mirren, with Mirren awarded with the Honorary Golden Bear.[21] The Berlinale Camera was awarded to Ulrike Ottinger followed by the world premiere of Ottinger′s documentary Paris Calligrammes.[22]

The Series section, introduced in 2015,[23] is devoted to longform television series. In 2020, there were two Australian entries: Stateless and Mystery Road Series 2.[24][25]


The following prizes were awarded:[26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34]


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  24. ^ Zhou, Debbie (27 February 2020). "'People are starting to wake up': Berlin film festival spotlights Australia's 'unfinished business'". the Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  25. ^ "World premieres for Stateless and Mystery Road at Berlin International Film Festival". ABC. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 January 2020. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  26. ^ "Prizes of the Youth Jury in the competition Generation 14plus". Berlinale. 28 February 2020. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  27. ^ "FIPRESCI Prize for "The Twentieth Century"". 28 February 2020. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  28. ^ "Prize Winners in the Section Perspektive Deutsches Kino". Berlinale. 28 February 2020. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  29. ^ "Caligari Prize for "Victoria"". 28 February 2020. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  30. ^ "Live Stream of the Teddy Award Ceremony 2020". Teddy Award. 28 February 2020. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  31. ^ "The Panorama Audience Awards go to Otac (Father) and Welcome to Chechnya". Berlinale. 29 February 2020. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  32. ^ "Crystal Bears and The Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Awards in Generation Kplus". Berlinale.
  33. ^ Serfontein, Anli (29 February 2020). "Berlinale Ecumenical Jury Prize goes to Iranian dissident film". Medium. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  34. ^ "The Awards of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival" (PDF). Berlinale. Retrieved 1 March 2020.

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