2024 Berlin Film Festival: Full List of Winners

The 74th Berlinale, also known as the Berlin International Film Festival, has officially begun with an exciting array of 20 films competing for the prestigious Gold and Silver Bears. An international jury led by Lupita Nyong’o, globally recognized for her roles in Academy Award-winning movies such as ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘Black Panther,’ are tasked with selecting the Golden and Silver Bear recipients. The festival, now in its last year under the artful management of Carlo Chatrian and managing director Mariëtte Rissenbeek, continues maintaining its diversity by spotlighting on auteurs and art house films set outside the usual mainstream foci of the U.S. and Western Europe. You can experience the glamour and keen excitement of the award ceremony live by using the official streaming channels from the Berlinale website and its respectiveYouTube channel.

The End of an Era at Berlinale

Chatrian’s era as an artist director will conclude this year, and he is expected to be replaced by Tricia Tuttle, former director of the London Film Festival. Chatrian’s tenure has not been devoid of criticism despite many praising his steadfast devotion to auteur and art house cinema. Some cinephiles have voiced their concerns about the scarcity of major studio and Hollywood titles. However, Chatrian, in his final Berlinale act, has remained true to his artistic conviction by selecting a competition lineup brimming with lesser-known names but packed with significant art house credibility.

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Highlighting the Competition

Highly anticipated features of the 2024 festival include the Iranian drama ‘My Favourite Cake’ by Maryam Moghaddam and Behtash Sanaeeha; German melodrama ‘Sterben’ or ‘Dying’ by Matthias Glasner; French-German coming-of-age staple ‘Langue Étrangère’ by Claire Burger; and Mati Diop’s riveting documentary ‘Dahomey’, which dives into the reappearance of pilfered African art.

A-Listers Eyeing the Prize

The competition isn’t just for niche films. Known names in the industry are also aiming for top honors. Cillian Murphy, the star of ‘Oppenheimer,’ hopes to score with ‘Small Things Like These.’ Rooney Mara, known for several critically acclaimed roles, is appearing alongside Mexican director Alonso Ruizpalacios in the kitchen drama ‘La Cocina.’ Isabelle Huppert returns for her third collaboration with Korean director Hong Sangsoo in the competition entry ‘A Traveler’s Needs.’

Winners of the 74th Berlinale

Golden Bear for Best Film

Dahomey dir. Mati Diop

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize

A Traveler’s Needs dir. Hong Sangsoo

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Silver Bear Jury Prize

L’ Empire dir. Bruno Dumont

Silver Bear for Best Director

Nelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias for Pepe

Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance

Sebastian Stan for A Different Man

Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance

Emily Watson for Small Things Like These

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay

Matthias Glasner for Sterben (Dying)

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution

Martin Gschlacht for the cinematography for The Devil’s Bath

Encounters Awards

Best Film

Direct Action dirs. Guillaume Cailleau, Ben Russell

Best Director

Cidade; Campo dir. Juliana Rojas

Special Jury Award (ex aequo)

The Great Yawn of History dir. Aliyar Rasti, Some Rain Must Fall dir. Qiu Yang

GWFF Best First Feature Award

Cu Li Never Cries dir. Pham Ngoc Lan

Berlinale Documentary Award

No Other Land dirs. Yuval Abraham, Basel Adra, Hamdan Ballal, Rachel Szor

Berlinale Short Film Awards

Golden Bear Best Short Film

An Odd Turn dir. Francisco Lezama

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Silver Bear Jury Prize

Remains of the Hot Day dir. Zhang Wenqian

Wrapping Up

As the final act of the award ceremony, following the deliberation by the esteemed jury, the winners get their due recognition. Instrumental in shaping the course of global cinema, they all await the announcement of their names in this grand event for their devotion and contribution to the film industry. Keeping up to date with the Berlinale and discovering new films and rising talents has never been easier. Head over to HitPlay to see the most updated list of prizewinners and immerse yourself in a sophisticated, curated selection of films.

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