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BERLINALE 2022 Generation / Awards

Alis and Comedy Queen win the Crystal Bears in Berlinale’s Generation

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- BERLINALE 2022: The documentary by Clare Weiskopf and Nicolas van Hemelryck triumphed in the Generation 14plus section, while Sanna Lenken’s film proved victorious in Generation Kplus

Alis and Comedy Queen win the Crystal Bears in Berlinale’s Generation
Comedy Queen by Sanna Lenken

The awards for the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus sections of the 72nd Berlin Film Festival have just been unveiled. Starting with Generation 14plus, the youth jury, comprising Luise Dahns, Christian Fock, Quintus Gramowski, Viola Weiser and Helene Zschaubitz, awarded the Crystal Bear for Best Film to the documentary Alis [+see also:
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, directed by Clare Weiskopf and Nicolas van Hemelryck. The jury described it as “A moving film which creates unbelievable closeness and intimacy using the simplest of means. The protagonists and the audience are all confronted with pain and memories, but in a gentle manner. How do we manage to come to terms with our past without falling apart in the process? The film answers this question with impressive honesty and directness.” For its part, drug addiction drama Stay Awake by Jamie Sisley received a Special Mention in this line-up

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As for the international jury including Paolo Bertolin, Rubika Shah, and Dash Shaw, and its prizes sponsored by the Federal Agency for Civic Education, the Grand Prix for Best Film in the Generation 14plus section, endowed with €7,500, was awarded jointly to Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes’ documentary Kind Hearts [+see also:
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for “effortlessly immersing us inside the lives of two ordinary young people, sharing sensitive insights about their emotional growth, while reminding us of the unpredictable and elusive nature of the thing we call love”, and to Skhema by Farkhat Sharipov, which is “an intimate lens through which to observe the darker challenges facing young people today.”

As for the Generation Kplus section, the children’s jury, consisting of Tilda Aue, Maria Fock, Connar Beck Lowe, Henri Marioth, Leonardo Urrutia Schwarze, Kerstin Teichmann and Ida Lilli Zschaubitz, picked Comedy Queen [+see also:
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by Sanna Lenken as the winner of the Crystal Bear for Best Film. As explained by the jury: “A great protagonist, powerful yet vulnerable, delivered a captivatingly told, bittersweet story of loss, grief, anger and healing.” The Quiet Girl [+see also:
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by Colm Bairéad, meanwhile, was singled out for a Special Mention in the Generation Kplus competition.

The latter was also rewarded by the Generation Kplus international jury, sponsored by the Children’s Charity of Germany and including Daniela Cajías, Nicola Jones, Samuel Kishi Leopo, who bestowed their Grand Prix for Best Film, endowed with 7,500 Euros, upon Colm Bairéad’s The Quiet Girl, a film with “a sensitive story full of details about childhood, grief, parenthood and rebuilding family.” Shabu [+see also:
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by Shamira Raphaëla, received the Generation Kplus international jury’s Special Mention.

The full list of award winners is as follows:

Generation 14plus

Feature films

Crystal Bear
Alis [+see also:
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- Clare Weiskopf, Nicolas van Hamelryck (Colombia/Chile/Romania)
Special Mention
Stay Awake - Jamie Sisley (USA)

Generation 14plus International Jury Grand Prize (ex aequo)
Kind Hearts [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Olivia Rochette and Gerard-…
film profile
]
- Olivia Rochette, Gerard-Jan Claes (Belgium)
Skhema - Farkhat Sharipov (Kazakhstan)

Short films

Crystal Bear for Best Short Film
Born in Damascus - Laura Wadha (UK)
Special Mention
Nothing to See Here - Nicolas Bouchez (Portugal/Belgium/Hungary)

Generation 14plus International Jury Award for Best Short Film
Goodybye Jérôme! - Adam Sillard, Gabrielle Selnet, Chloé Farr (France)
Special Mentions
Blue Noise - Simon Maria Kubiena (Germany/Austria)
Tinashé - Tig Terera (Australia)

Generation Kplus

Feature films

Crystal Bear
Comedy Queen [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Sanna Lenken
film profile
]
- Sanna Lenken (Sweden)
Special Mention
The Quiet Girl [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Colm Bairéad
film profile
]
- Colm Bairéad (Ireland)

Generation Kplus International Jury’s Grand Prize
The Quiet Girl - Colm Bairéad
Special Mention
Shabu [+see also:
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interview: Shamira Raphaëla
film profile
]
- Shamira Raphaëla (Netherlands)

Short films

Crystal Bear for Best Short Film
Spotless - Emma Branderhorst (Netherlands)
Special Mention
Luce and the Rock - Britt Raes (Belgium/France/Netherlands)

Generation Kplus International Jury Award for Best Short Film
Deer - Hadi Babaeifar (Iran)
Special Mention
Vancouver - Artemis Anastasiadou (Greece)

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