Congratulations to British actors Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, who have won the best actress and best actor award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival for their roles in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years. In this eagerly awaited new drama from the director of the acclaimed gay romance Weekend (2011), the duo play an ageing couple whose marriage is tested on the cusp of their 45th anniversary after Geoff (Courtenay) receives unexpected news about a long-dead lover.
There were UK successes in the short film categories too, with the Generation Kplus Crystal Bear for Best Short Film going to Hadiatt Abi (Gift of My Father) a co-production with Iraq, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA directed by Salam Salman. Petros Silvestros picked up the Generation 14plus Crystal Bear, for Best Short Film for a A Confession!
Tell Spring Not to Come This Year picked up the Panorama Audience Award for best Documentary and the Amnesty International Film Prize. The documentary from co-director’s Saeed Taji Farouky and Michael McEvoy, follows one unit of the Afghan National Army (ANA) over the course of their first year of deployment in Helmand without NATO support.
Another politically-tinged documentary, Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence won the Peace Film Prize, one of the independent awards focusing on political issues handed out at the festival.