59th Berlin International Film Festival
|Opening film||The International|
|Closing film||Eden Is West|
|Awards||Golden Bear (La Teta Asustada)|
|No. of films||383 films|
|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. Costa-Gavras's immigrant drama Eden Is West served as the closing night film at the festival. The festival's jury president was actress Tilda Swinton of the United Kingdom.
The Golden Bear was awarded to Peruvian film La Teta Asustada directed by Claudia Llosa. The retrospective dedicated to the Golden Age of 70mm filmmaking from 1955 to 1970, titled 70 mm – Bigger than Life was shown at the festival.
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, actress (United Kingdom) - Jury President
- Isabel Coixet, director and screenwriter (Spain)
- Gaston Kaboré, director (Burkina Faso)
- Henning Mankell, writer (Sweden)
- Christoph Schlingensief, playwright and director (Germany)
- Wayne Wang, director, screenwriter and producer (Hong Kong)
- Alice Waters (United States)
Best First Feature Award Jury
International Short Film Jury
- Khavn De La Cruz, director, screenwriter and producer (Philippines)
- Arta Dobroshi, actress (Kosovo)
- Lars Henrik Gass, director of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany)
|English title||Original title||Director(s)||Country|
|Everyone Else||Alle Anderen||Maren Ade||Germany|
|About Elly||Darbareye Elly||Asghar Farhadi||Iran|
|Giant||Gigante||Adrián Biniez||Uruguay, Germany, Argentina|
|Happy Tears||Happy Tears||Mitchell Lichtenstein||United States|
|In the Electric Mist||In the Electric Mist||Bertrand Tavernier||United States|
|Katalin Varga||Peter Strickland||Romania, United Kingdom, Hungary|
|Little Soldier||Annette K. Olesen||Denmark|
|Forever Enthralled||Mei Lanfang||Chen Kaige||China|
|The Messenger||The Messenger||Oren Moverman||United States|
|London River||Rachid Bouchareb||Algeria, France, UK|
|Mammoth||Lukas Moodysson||Sweden, Germany, Denmark|
|My One and Only||My One and Only||Richard Loncraine||United States|
|Rage||Rage||Sally Potter||UK, United States|
|Ricky||François Ozon||France, Italy|
|Storm||Sturm||Hans-Christian Schmid||Germany, Denmark|
|Sweet Rush||Tatarak||Andrzej Wajda||Poland|
|The Milk of Sorrow||La Teta Asustada||Claudia Llosa||Peru|
Out of competition screening
The following films were selected for the out of competition screening at the festival:
|English title||Original title||Director(s)||Country|
|Deutschland 09 – 13 kurze Filme zur Lage der Nation||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 Is West||Eden à l'ouest||Costa-Gavras||France, Greece, Italy|
|The Dust of Time||Theo Angelopoulos||Greece, Germany, Italy, Russia|
|The International||The International||Tom Tykwer||USA|
|The Private Lives of Pippa Lee||The Private Lives of Pippa Lee||Rebecca Miller||USA|
|The Reader||The Reader||Stephen Daldry||UK, Germany|
|Notorious||Notorious||George Tillman Jr.||USA|
† Winner of the main award for best film in its section The opening and closing films are screened during the opening and closing ceremonies respectively.
- 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 Moverman and Alessandro Camon for The Messenger
- Outstanding Artistic Contribution (sound design): György Kovács, Gábor ifj. Erdélyi and Tamás Székely. for Katalin Varga
- Alfred Bauer Prize: Andrzej Wajda for Tatarak and Adrián Biniez for Gigante
- FIPRESCI Award: Claudia Llosa for La teta asustada
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