Golden Bear

Golden Bear (Goldener Bär)
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Location Berlin
Country Germany
Presented by Berlin International Film Festival
First awarded 1951
Currently held by Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021)
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The Golden Bear (German: Goldener Bär) is the highest prize awarded for the best film at the Berlin International Film Festival. The bear is the heraldic animal of Berlin, featured on both the coat of arms and flag of Berlin. The winners of the first Berlin International Film Festival in 1951 were determined by a West German panel, with five winners of the Golden Bear, divided by categories and genres.[1] Between 1952 and 1955, the winners of the Golden Bear were determined by the audience members.[2] In 1956, the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films formally accredited the festival, and since then, the Golden Bear has been awarded by an international jury.[2]

The award

Adina Pintilie with the Golden Bear in 2018

The statuette shows a bear standing on its hind legs and is based on the 1932 design by German sculptor Renée Sintenis of Berlin's heraldic mascot that later became the symbol of the festival. It has been manufactured since the first edition by art foundry Hermann Noack.[3][4] It was awarded for the first time in 1951 and was redesigned in a larger version in 1960.[5] Also, the left arm of the bear was raised as opposed to the right in the former model.[6] The current bear is 20 cm high and is fixed onto a base where the winning name is engraved.[7] The figurine consists of a bronze core, which is then plated with a layer of gold. The total weight of the award is 4 kg.[8]

Golden Bear

Year Film Original Title Director Country
1951 – West German Jury Vote
1951 Four in a Jeep (Golden Bear Drama) Die Vier im Jeep Leopold Lindtberg Switzerland Switzerland
Without Leaving an Address (Golden Bear Comedies) ...Sans laisser d'adresse Jean-Paul Le Chanois France France
In Beaver Valley (Golden Bear Documentaries) James Algar United States United States
Justice Is Done (Golden Bear Thrillers and Adventures) Justice est faite André Cayatte France France
Cinderella (Golden Bear Music Film) Wilfred Jackson United States United States
1952–1955 – Audience Vote
1952 One Summer of Happiness Hon dansade en sommar Arne Mattsson Sweden Sweden
1953 The Wages of Fear Le salaire de la peur Henri-Georges Clouzot France France
Italy Italy
1954 Hobson's Choice David Lean United Kingdom United Kingdom
1955 Die Ratten Robert Siodmak West Germany West Germany
1956–present – International Jury
1956 Invitation to the Dance Gene Kelly United States United States
1957 12 Angry Men Sidney Lumet
1958 Wild Strawberries Smultronstället Ingmar Bergman Sweden Sweden
1959 The Cousins Les cousins Claude Chabrol France France
1960 El Lazarillo de Tormes César Fernández Ardavín Spain Spain
Italy Italy
1961 La Notte Michelangelo Antonioni Italy Italy
France France
1962 A Kind of Loving John Schlesinger United Kingdom United Kingdom
1963 To Bed or Not to Bed (ex aequo) Il diavolo Gian Luigi Polidoro Italy Italy
Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai (ex aequo) 武士道残酷物語 / Bushidō zankoku monogatari Tadashi Imai Japan Japan
1964 Dry Summer Susuz yaz Metin Erksan Turkey Turkey
1965 Alphaville Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution Jean-Luc Godard France France
1966 Cul-de-Sac Roman Polanski United Kingdom United Kingdom
1967 The Departure Le départ Jerzy Skolimowski Belgium Belgium
1968 Who Saw Him Die? Ole dole doff Jan Troell Sweden Sweden
1969 Early Works Rani radovi Želimir Žilnik Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia SFR Yugoslavia
1970 No award this year because of the controversy surrounding the participation in the main competition of the anti-war film o.k. that led to the resignation of the international jury before the festival ended.[9]
1971 The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Il giardino dei Finzi Contini Vittorio De Sica Italy Italy
1972 The Canterbury Tales I racconti di Canterbury Pier Paolo Pasolini
1973 Distant Thunder Ashani Sanket Satyajit Ray India India
1974 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Ted Kotcheff Canada Canada
1975 Adoption Örökbefogadás Márta Mészáros Hungary Hungary
1976 Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson Robert Altman United States United States
1977 The Ascent Восхождение / Voskhozhdeniye Larisa Shepitko Soviet Union Soviet Union
1978 Las truchas (ex aequo) José Luis García Sánchez Spain Spain
What Max Said (ex aequo) Las palabras de Max Emilio Martínez-Lázaro
Ascensor (ex aequo) Tomás Muñoz
1979 David Peter Lilienthal West Germany West Germany
1980 Heartland (ex aequo) Richard Pearce United States United States
Palermo or Wolfsburg (ex aequo) Palermo oder Wolfsburg Werner Schroeter West Germany West Germany
1981 Deprisa, deprisa Carlos Saura Spain Spain
1982 Veronika Voss Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss Rainer Werner Fassbinder West Germany West Germany
1983 Ascendancy (ex aequo) Edward Bennett United Kingdom United Kingdom
La colmena (ex aequo) Mario Camus Spain Spain
1984 Love Streams John Cassavetes United States United States
1985 The Woman and the Stranger (ex aequo) Die Frau und der Fremde Rainer Simon East Germany East Germany
Wetherby (ex aequo) David Hare United Kingdom United Kingdom
1986 Stammheim Stammheim – Die Baader-Meinhof-Gruppe vor Gericht Reinhard Hauff West Germany West Germany
1987 The Theme Teмa / Tema Gleb Panfilov Soviet Union Soviet Union
1988 Red Sorghum 红高粱 / Hong gao liang Zhang Yimou China China
1989 Rain Man # Barry Levinson United States United States
1990 Music Box (ex aequo) Costa-Gavras United States United States
Larks on a String (ex aequo) Skřivánci na niti Jiří Menzel Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
1991 The House of Smiles La casa del sorriso Marco Ferreri Italy Italy
1992 Grand Canyon Lawrence Kasdan United States United States
1993 Woman Sesame Oil Maker (ex aequo) 香魂女 / Xiāng hún nǚ Xie Fei China China
The Wedding Banquet (ex aequo) 喜宴 / Xi yan Ang Lee Taiwan Taiwan
United States United States
1994 In the Name of the Father Jim Sheridan Republic of Ireland Ireland
United Kingdom United Kingdom
1995 The Bait L'appât Bertrand Tavernier France France
1996 Sense and Sensibility Ang Lee United States United States
1997 The People vs. Larry Flynt Miloš Forman
1998 Central Station Central do Brasil Walter Salles Brazil Brazil
1999 The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick United States United States
2000 Magnolia Paul Thomas Anderson United States United States
2001 Intimacy Patrice Chéreau United Kingdom United Kingdom
France France
2002 Spirited Away (ex aequo) 千と千尋の神隠し / Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi Hayao Miyazaki Japan Japan
Bloody Sunday (ex aequo) Paul Greengrass United Kingdom United Kingdom
Republic of Ireland Ireland
2003 In This World Michael Winterbottom United Kingdom United Kingdom
2004 Head-On Gegen die Wand Fatih Akin Germany Germany
Turkey Turkey
2005 U-Carmen eKhayelitsha Mark Dornford-May South Africa South Africa
2006 Grbavica Jasmila Žbanić Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
2007 Tuya's Marriage 图雅的婚事 / Túyǎ de hūnshì Wang Quan'an China China
2008 Elite Squad Tropa de Elite José Padilha Brazil Brazil
2009 The Milk of Sorrow La teta asustada Claudia Llosa Peru Peru
2010 Honey Bal Semih Kaplanoğlu Turkey Turkey
2011 A Separation جدایی نادر از سیمین / Jodaí-e Nadér az Simín Asghar Farhadi Iran Iran
2012 Caesar Must Die Cesare deve morire Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Italy Italy
2013 Child's Pose Poziția copilului Călin Peter Netzer Romania Romania
2014 Black Coal, Thin Ice 白日焰火 / Bai ri yan huo Diao Yinan China China
2015 Taxi تاکسی / Taxi Jafar Panahi Iran Iran
2016 Fire at Sea Fuocoammare Gianfranco Rosi Italy Italy
2017 On Body and Soul Testről és lélekről Ildikó Enyedi Hungary Hungary
2018 Touch Me Not Nu mă atinge-mă Adina Pintilie Romania Romania
2019 Synonyms Synonymes Nadav Lapid Israel Israel
2020 There Is No Evil شیطان وجود ندارد / Sheytan vojud nadarad Mohammad Rasoulof Iran Iran
2021 Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc Radu Jude Romania Romania
# Denotes winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture. There has been only one winner of both the Golden Bear and the Oscar for Best Picture: Rain Man (1988).

Multiple winners

  • Ang Lee (Taiwan/USA) (1993, 1996)

By Country

Golden Bear – Honorary Award

The Honorary Golden Bear (German: Goldener Ehrenbär) is the Berlin International Film Festival's honorary award for lifetime achievement by important figures in the world of film.[10]

A Golden Bear statue

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b "- Berlinale – Archive – Annual Archives – 1952 – Juries".
  3. ^ "German Film Festival bear awards based on 1939 design previewed in Berlin". EFE. Berlin. January 11, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  4. ^ "Eventful Berlinale". February 19, 2020. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  5. ^ "Große kleine Tiere". Cicero (in German). Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  6. ^ English, James F. (2008). The Economy of Prestige: prizes, awards, and the circulation of cultural value. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. pp. 167–168. ISBN 978-0-674-03043-5.
  7. ^ Günther, Ulrich (February 19, 2010). "Berlinale Cineasten blicken auf den Bären". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "In pictures". Novinite. February 8, 2010. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "Berlinale 1970: Prize Winners". Retrieved March 7, 2010.
  10. ^ "THE HONORARY GOLDEN BEAR". Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Claude Lanzmann to receive Berlin's Honorary Golden Bear". screendaily. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  12. ^ "Homage and Honorary Golden Bear for Ken Loach". Archived from the original on 2013-12-15. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Homage 2015 and Honorary Golden Bear for Wim Wenders". Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Martin Scorsese's Longtime Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus Is Set To Be Honoured With A Lifetime Achievement Award At The 2016 Berlin International Film Festival". Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Homage and Honorary Golden Bear 2020 for Dame Helen Mirren". Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin. Retrieved 19 December 2019.

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