59th Berlin International Film Festival
|59th Berlin International Film Festival|
|Opening film||The International|
|Festival date||5 – 15 February 2009|
The 59th Berlin International Film Festival was held from 5 February to 15 February 2009. The opening film of the festival was Tom Tykwer’s The International, screened out of competition. The festival's jury president was actress Tilda Swinton of the United Kingdom.
Admission for the festival was reported to be among the highest in years, and it also set a record for ticket sales, with some 270,000 tickets sold by the halfway mark, compared to 240,000 sold for the entire run of the festival the previous year. The final ticket tally was the largest in the festival’s 59-year history.
The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:
- Tilda Swinton (United Kingdom) - jury president
- Isabel Coixet (Spain)
- Gaston Kaboré (Burkina Faso)
- Henning Mankell (Sweden)
- Christoph Schlingensief (Germany) Schlingensief died of lung cancer on August 21, 2010 in Berlin, Germany at age 49.
- Wayne Wang (USA)
- Alice Waters (USA)
- Alle Anderen by Maren Ade (Germany)
- Cheri by Stephen Frears (United Kingdom)
- Darbareye Elly (About Elly) by Asghar Farhadi (Iran)
- Gigante by Adrián Biniez (Uruguay, Germany, Argentina)
- Happy Tears by Mitchell Lichtenstein (United States)
- In the Electric Mist by Bertrand Tavernier (United States)
- Katalin Varga by Peter Strickland (Romania, United Kingdom, Hungary)
- Little Soldier by Annette K. Olesen (Denmark)
- Mei Lanfang (Forever Enthralled) by Chen Kaige (China)
- The Messenger by Oren Moverman (United States)
- London River by Rachid Bouchareb (Algeria, France, United Kingdom)
- Mammoth by Lukas Moodysson (Sweden, Germany, Denmark)
- My One and Only by Richard Loncraine (United States)
- Rage by Sally Potter (United Kingdom, United States)
- Ricky by François Ozon (France, Italy)
- Sturm (Storm) by Hans-Christian Schmid (Germany, Denmark)
- Tatarak (Sweet Rush) by Andrzej Wajda (Poland)
- La Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow) by Claudia Llosa (Peru)
Out of competition screening
The following films were selected for the out of competition screening at the festival:
- Deutschland ‘09 - 13 kurze Filme zur Lage der Nation Germany - compilation film by Fatih Akin, Tom Tykwer, Wolfgang Becker, Sylke Enders, Dominik Graf, Romuald Karmakar, Nicolette Krebitz, Isabelle Stever, Hans Steinbichler, Hans Weingartner, Christoph Hochhäusler, Dani Levy and Angela Schanelec (Germany)
- Eden à l'ouest (Eden Is West) by Costa-Gavras (France/Greece/Italy)
- The Dust of Time by Theo Angelopoulos (Greece/Germany/Italy/Russia)
- The International by Tom Tykwer (United States)
- The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller (United States)
- The Reader by Stephen Daldry (United Kingdom/Germany)
- Notorious by George Tillman Jr. (United States) (International Premiere)
The following prizes were awarded by the Jury:
- Jury Grand Prix (Grand Prize of the Jury): Adrián Biniez for Gigante and Maren Ade for Alle Anderen
- Best Director: Asghar Farhadi for Darbereye Elly
- Best Actor: Sotigui Kouyaté for London River
- Best Actress: Birgit Minichmayr for Alle Anderen
- Best Script: Oren Movermann and Alessandro Camon for The Messenger
- Outstanding Artistic Performance: Gabor Erdély and Támas Székely for Katalin Varga
- Alfred Bauer Prize: Andrzej Wajda for Tatarak and Adrián Biniez for Gigante
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