Director Nicolas Philibert, in this Feb. 25, 2023 file photo, accepts the best film award for Philibert's French-Japanese documentary Sur l'Adamant (On Adamant) at the Berlinale festival.
Berlin – Today in the German capital, the French-Japanese documentary Sur l'Adamant (On Adamant) directed by Nicolas Philibert won the Golden Bear for the best film of the 73rd Berlinale International Film Festival. This year, 19 films competed for the Golden Bear, which is the festival's main award. Český was absent from them, just like last year.
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The central theme of the winning film is the floating medical facility Adamant, which provides outpatient care to people with mental disorders on the Seine in the heart of Paris. Thanks to the film, viewers have the opportunity to step on board the ship and meet patients and caregivers who are looking for new ways to be together.
The seven-member international jury in the main competition section, in addition to the main prize, also handed out a number of Silver Bears, which are awards for individual filmmaking and acting categories. The girl Sofía Oterová won the Silver Bear for the best performance in a leading role for her role in the Spanish drama 20,000 especies de abejas (20,000 species of bees). The film tells the story of an eight-year-old child who wants to live his true gender identity.
The jury led by American actress Kristen Stewart awarded the Silver Bear for the best screenplay to German filmmaker Angela Schanelec for the film Music, which she also directed. The film deals with the Oedipus myth in an abstract form, which is set in time from the 80s of the 20th century to the present day and which takes the audience from the beaches of Greece to the lakes of Berlin.
The Bear for Best Director this year went to Frenchman Philippe Garrel for the Franco-Swiss drama Le grand chariot (The Great Chariot). The jury's grand prize went to the German romantic drama Roter Himmel (Red Sky) by German director Christian Petzold.