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“Caesar Must Die” triumphs in Berlin

Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's documentary Caesar Must Die (pictured) was the surprise winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, while the audience award for best documentary went to Matthew Akers' Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present.
February 21, 2012

Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s documentary Cesare deve morire (Caesar Must Die) was the surprise winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, while the audience award for best documentary went to Matthew Akers’ Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present.

Caesar Must Die (pictured), a documentary in which convicted prisoners perform the works of Shakespeare, was the surprise winner of the German festival’s top prize, beating a field of fiction titles.

With the Panorama Section Audience Award for Documentary Film, meanwhile, Akers’ victory was followed with a second place award for Call Me Kuchu, by Malika Zouhali-Worral and Katherine Fairfax Wright; and a third place prize for La Vierge, les Coptes et Moi, from Namir Abdel Messeeh.

Elsewhere, Malika Zouhall-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright’s Call Me Kuchu picked up the festival’s Teddy Award for best documentary.

In related awards news, the Writers Guild of America has unveiled its annual awards winners, with the documentary screenplay – film prize doing to Better This World, written by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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