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Berlin Golden Bear Goes to 'Child's Pose,' David Gordon Green Gets Director

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 16, 2013 at 2:20PM

As the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival wound up, the Golden Bear went to Calin Peter Netzer's Romanian drama "Child's Pose," about a wealthy mother trying to extricate her imprisoned son. The Silver Bear for best director went to American director David Gordon Green for "Prince Avalanche," which debuted at Sundance.
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"Prince Avalanche"
"Prince Avalanche"

As the 2013  Berlin International Film Festival wound up, the Golden Bear went to Calin Peter Netzer's Romanian drama "Child's Pose," about a wealthy mother trying to extricate her imprisoned son. Eastern European films scored many awards (see full list below).

The Silver Bear for best director went to American David Gordon Green for "Prince Avalanche," which debuted at Sundance. The Silver Bear for Best Screenplay went to Iranian "Closed Curtain," by Jafar Panahi; "Promised Land," directed by Gus Van Sant and starring writer-producers Matt Damon and John Krasinski, earned a Special Mention.

The Panorama Audience Award went to narrative feature "The Broken Circle Breakdown" (Belgium/Netherlands), directed by Felix van Groeningen, and documentary "The Act of Killing" (Denmark/Norway/Great Britain ), directed by Joshua Oppenheimer. (Review here.) Altogether over 28,000 votes were cast and counted.

This year the Panorama presented 52 productions from 33 countries, of which 20 screened in the Panorama Dokumente series. While in the category fictional films "The Broken Circle Breakdown" took the lead early on and won by a clear margin over second place "Reaching for the Moon," from Brazilian Bruno Barreto, while it was a closer race among the documentaries, with "The Act of Killing" beating Brit doc "Salma," directed by Kim Longinotto.

More details at Indiewire; full list of jury award-winners on the jump:

This article is related to: Festivals, Berlin International Film Festival, Festivals, The Act of Killing


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.