Hungarian liefdesfilm ‘Teströl és lélekröl’ wins Berlinale

The Golden Bear of the 67th Berlinale on Saturday night, awarded to the Hungarian picture “Teströl és lélekröl” (English title: On body and soul) of Ildikó Enyedi. That made the international jury under the chairmanship of the Dutch film director Paul Verhoeven, known.

Ildiko Enyedi © REUTERS

It was already 42 years ago that the price for the best film at the international film festival to Hungary. In 1975 won Márta Mészáros the coveted trophy for her movie “The adoption”. “On body and soul” had earlier Saturday already two prizes and not the least: the Fipresci prize of the international film criticism and the prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

The movie focuses in on two timid workers in a slaughterhouse in Budapest. They are, in a film full of “poetry, humour and tragedy”, in love with each other.


Also “The other side of hope”, a film about a Syrian refugee in Finland, belonged to the favorites. Cultcineast Aki Kaurismäki won for his, as usual, both tragic as a dryly comic, film the regieprijs. “The other side of hope” is, after “Le Havre” part two of a planned trilogy, which presumably is not finished will be: Kaurismäki announced earlier this week with films to cut.

Another filmlegende, the Polish Agnieszka Holland, was honored with the Alfred-Bauerprijs, awarded to films that “new perspectives”. Dutch eco-thriller “Pokot”, says with black humour, a mysterious moordreeks on hunters.

The best actors came from Austria, Georg Friedrich in the movie “Helle Nächte”, and South Korea, with Kim Min-hee in “On the beach at night alone”. Friedrich play in the movie of the Berlin director Thomazs Arslan a father who after years of alienation overtures looking to his teenage son. Kim incarnates in “On the beach”, a woman searching for the meaning of life and love.

The grand prize of the jury was for the Frenchman Alain Gomis, scorer of the Congo playing emancipatieverhaal “Félicité”. That film also has a (beep)small Belgian contribution.

The prize for the best artistic contribution went to the Romanian “Ana, mon amour,” and for best screenplay for “Una mujer fantastica” (A Fantastic Woman), a Chilean film about a transgender.

For the first time knew the Berlinale also a Silver Bear in the category documentary. The very first winner, good for 50,000 euros, was a Palestinian. In “Ghost Hunting” zooms, film-maker Raed Andoni on ondervragingstechnieken of the Israeli police.

For the several Bears came this year eighteen films. In Berlin it happens more often that not a single Us print the price table. The Berlinale is known for her penchant for “political films”.

Berlinale – the list of achievements

The list of winners of the 67th Berlinale, such as Saturday night, as communicated by the jury, under the direction of Paul Verhoeven:

  • Golden Bear for best film: “Testrol es lelekrol” (On Body and Soul), Ildiko Enyedi (Hungary)
  • Grand Prize of the Jury: “Nancy” by Alain Gomis (France/Senegal/Belgium/Germany/Lebanon)
  • Silver Bear, best director: the finn Aki Kaurismäki for “Toivon tuolla puolen” (The Other side of hope)
  • Silver Bear, best actress: the South Korean Kim Min-hee for “On the Beach at Night Alone” from Hong Sang-soo
  • Silver Bear, best actor: the Austrian Georg Friedrich in Helle Nächte” (Bright Nights) of the German Thomas Arslan
  • Silver Bear-artistic contribution: “Ana, mon amour,” by Calin Peter Netzer (Romania/Germany/France)
  • Silver Bear, best screenplay: “Una mujer fantastica” (A Fantastic Woman) of the Chileen Sebastian Lelio
  • Alfred Bauer prize for “new perspectives”: “Pokot” (Track) of the Polish Agnieszka Holland
  • Best documentary: “Istiyad Ashbah” (Ghost Hunting) of the Palestinian Raed Andoni
  • Best debut: “Estiu 1993” (Summer 1993) by the Spanish Carla Simon
  • Golden Bear, short film: “Cidade Pequena” (Small town) of the Portuguese Diogo Costa Amarante
  • Silver Bear, short film: “Ensueño and la Pradera” (Reverie in the Meadow) of the Mexican Esteban Arrangoiz Julien

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