Berlinale ’16: “Fire at Sea” wins Golden Bear

Italian filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi's Fire at Sea (pictured) took home four prizes at the Berlin International Film Festival, including the Golden Bear for Best Film.
February 22, 2016

Italian filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire At Sea (pictured) has won four prizes at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival.

The film, which enjoyed its world premiere in Germany, picked up the Golden Bear for Best Film, the Ecumenical Jury prize, the Amnesty International film prize and the Berliner Morgenpost Readers’ Jury award.

The 106-minute film documents the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, which has become the first point of entry for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants attempting to make their ways across Europe.

Mehrdad Oskouei’s Starless Dreams, following a group of 18-year-old girls affected by crime in Iran, picked up the Amnesty International film prize in the ‘Generation’ category.

Meanwhile, Mahdi Fleifel’s A Man Returned, documenting a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, claimed the Silver Bear Jury Prize for Short Film and the Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards.

The Panorama Audience Award for documentary film was handed out to Barak Heymann and Tomer Heyman’s Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?, while Sara Jordeno’s Kiki claimed the Teddy Award for Best Documentary/Essay Film.

The Berlin Film Festival kicked off on February 11 and wrapped on Sunday (February 22). Read up on all the winners here.

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