Documentary takes Golden Bear

On The Adamant named best in Berlin

by Amber Wilkinson

On The Adamant
On The Adamant Photo: Courtesy of Berlinale

Nicolas Philibert’s documentary On The Adamant, about a floating mental healthcare facility on the Seine, has won the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Gerrman director Christian Petzold took the Silver Bear Grand Jury for his tale of a writer struggling to forge connections on a beach retreat Afire. French director Philippe Garrel won the Silver Bear for best director for The Plough, which tells the tale of a family of puppeteers. The Silver Bear Jury Prize went to Portugal’s Joao Canijo for drama Bad Living.

The award for best leading performance - now a gender neutral prize - was won by Spain’s Sofía Otero for 20,000 Species Of Bees, directed by Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren.


  • Golden Bear for Best Film - On The Adamant, dir. Nicolas Philibert
  • Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize – Afire, dir. Christian Petzold
  • Silver Bear Jury Prize – Bad Living, dir. João Canijo
  • Silver Bear for Best Director – Philippe Garrel, The Plough
  • Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance – Sofía Otero, 20,000 Species Of Bees
  • Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance – Thea Ehre, Till The End Of The Night
  • Silver Bear for Best Screenplay – Angela Schanelec, Music
  • Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution – Hélène Louvart for the cinematography in Disco Boy

Encounters Awards

  • Best Film - Here, dir. Bas Devos
  • Best Director - Tatiana Huezo for The Echo
  • Special Jury Award (ex aequo) - Samsara, dir. Lois Patiño/Orlando, My Political Biography, dir. Paul B Preciado

  • GWFF Best First Feature Award - The Klezmer Project, dirs. Leandro Koch and Paloma Schachmann
  • GWFF Special Mention - The Bride, dir. Myriam U.Birara
  • Berlinale Documentary Award - The Echo, dir. Tatiana Huezo

Berlinale Short Film Awards

  • Golden Bear Best Short Film - Les Chenilles, dirs. Michelle Keserwany, Noel Keserwany
  • Silver Bear Jury Prize - Dipped In Black, dirs. Matthew Thorne, Derik Lynch
  • Special Mention - It's A Date, dir. Nadia Parfan

Generation Awards

Children's Jury Generation Kplus

  • Crystal Bear for the Best Film - Sweet As, dir. Jub Clerc
  • Special Mention - Sea Sparkle, dir. Domien Huyghe
  • Crystal Bear for Best Short Film - Closing Dynasty, dir. Lloyd Lee Choi
  • Special Mention - Dede is Dead, dir. Philippe Kastner

Generation Kplus International Jury

  • Grand Prix - She - Hero, dir. Mira Fornay
  • Special Mention - Longing For The World, dir. Jenna Hasse
  • Best Short Film - Waking Up In Silence, dirs. Mila Zhluktenko, Daniel Asadi Faezi
  • Special Mention - Xiaohui And His Cows, dir. Xinying Lao

Youth's Jury Generation 14plus

  • Crystal Bear for the Best Film - Adolfo, dir. Sofía Auza
  • Special Mention - And The King Said, What A Fantastic Machine, dirs. Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck
  • Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film - And Me, I'm Dancing Too, dir. Mohammad Valizadegan
  • Special Mention: From The Corner of My Eyes, dir. Domonkos Erhardt
Generation 14plus International Jury

  • Grand Prix - Hummingbirds, dirs. Silvia Del Carmen Castaños, Estefanía “Beba” Contreras
  • Special Mention - Mutt, dir. Vuk Lungulov-Klotz
  • Best Short - Infantry, dir. Laís Santos Araújo
  • Special Mention - Incroci, dir. Francesca de Fusco

Panorama Audience Awards

  • Fiction - Sira, dir. Apolline Traoré
  • Documentary - Kokomo City, dir. D. Smith


  • Competition - The Survival Of Kindness, dir. Rolf de Heer
  • Encounters - Here, dir. Bas Devos
  • Panorama - The Quiet Migration, dir. Malene Choi
  • Forum - Between Revolutions, dir. Vlad Petri

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