Berlinale 2019: Golden Bear goes to Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonymes’

One of the largest public film festivals in the world – The Berlinale – closed it’s 69th edition. Although official figures for this year are still not out, here are the numbers from last year. In 2018 the festival gathered 489,791 visitors from around the globe. 332,403 tickets were sold for 1,096 screenings of 380 film.

These amazing numbers definitely rise from the fact that Berlinale is a place of intercultural exchange and a platform for exploration of social issues. Everyone can find someting interesting in a wide spectar of film categories. Some of the categories are feature films, documentary forms and artistic experiments. Moreover, the audience is invited to actively participate through 11 days of festival. There’s a wide offer of spoken-word events, audience discussions and expert panels.

International Jury for 2019 was lead by Juliette Binoche (President). Other members were Justin Chang, Sandra Hüller, Sebastián Lelio, Rajendra Roy and Trudie Styler.

This year’s winning film is ‘Synonymes’, so Golden Bear for Best Film went to Nadav Lapid.

A film Grâce à Dieu (By the Grace of God) by François Ozon won Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize. Systemsprenger (System Crasher) by Nora Fingscheidt was awarded Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize.

Rest of the prizes are awarded as followed:

  • Best Director – Angela Schanelec for I Was at Home, But
  • Best Actress – Yong Mei in So Long, My Son by Wang Xiaoshuai
  • Best Actor – Wang Jingchun in So Long, My Son by Wang Xiaoshua
  • Best Screenplay – Maurizio Braucci, Claudio Giovannesi, Roberto Saviano for Piranhas by Claudio Giovannesi
  • Outstanding Artistic Contribution – Rasmus Videbæk for the cinematography in Out Stealing Horses by Hans Petter Moland


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