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.