Cover Hong Sangsoo winner of the Silver Bear Grand Prize for the film "So-seol-ga-ui Yeong-hwa (The Novelist's)" and actress Kim Minhee are seeon stage at the closing ceremony during the 72nd Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palast on February 16, 2022 in Berlin, Germany (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The second highest honour went to Hong Sang-soo’s The Novelist’s Film while Spanish-Italian drama, Alcarràs took home the top prize

In his ninth appearance at the Berlin International Film Festival, South Korean director Hong Sang-soo brought home his fourth award: a Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize for The Novelist’s Film.

For his 27th feature, the director also took on writing, producing, lensing, editing and scoring duties. Hong accepted the prize in person together with Kim Min-hee, who also stars in the film. The 72nd edition also marks the festival darling’s third consecutive appearance in Competition. Last year, he took home the Best Director prize for The Woman Who Ran.

The M. Night Shyamalan-led jury gave the top honour to Carla Simón’s second feature, Alcarràs. Her award marks the first time that the three winners of the three most prestigious film festivals—Cannes, Venice and Berlin—are all women. French director Audrey Diwan’s drama, Happening clinched the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival while fellow French director, Julia Ducournau received the Palme d’Or for Titane at Cannes Film Festival.

The festival also capped a strong night for female filmmakers with Natalia Lopez Gallardo getting the Silver Bear Jury Prize for Robe of Gems and the Silver Bear Best Director award for Claire Denis for Fire. Meanwhile, Laura Basuki took home the Best Supporting Performance for her role in Kamila Andini’s Before, Now & Then.

See the full list of winners below.

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International Jury Prizes

Golden Bear for Best Film

  • Alcarràs by Carla Simon

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize

  • The Novelist’s Film by Hong Sang-soo

Silver Bear Jury Prize

  • Robe of Gems by Natalia Lopez Gallardo

Silver Bear for Best Director

  • Claire Denis for Fire (or Both Side of The Blade)

Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance

  • Meltem Kaptan for Rabiye Kurnaz vs George W. Bush by Andreas Dresen

Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance

  • Laura Basuki for Before, Now & Then by Kamila Andini

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay

  • Laila Stieler for Rabiye Kurnaz vs George W. Bush by Andreas Dresen

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution

  • Everything Will Be Ok by Rithy Panh

Special Mention

  • A Piece of Sky by Michael Koch

Encounters Jury Prizes

Award for Best Film

  • Mutzenbacher by Ruth Beckermann

Award for Best Director

  • Cyril Schaublin for Unrest

Special Jury Award

  • See You Friday, Robinson by Mitra Farahani

GWFF Best First Feature Award

  • Sonne by Kurdwin Ayub

Berlinale Documentary Award

  • Myanmar Diaries by The Myanmar Film Collective

Documentary Special Mention

  • No U-Turn by Ike Nnaebue

International Short Film & Generation Jury Prizes

Golden Bear Best Short Film

  • Trap by Anastasia Veber

Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film)

  • Sunday Morning by Bruno Ribiero

Generation 14plus Grand Prix

  • Kind Hearts by Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes

Generation 14plus Short Film

  • Au revoir Jérôme! by Adam Sillard, Gabrielle Selnet and Chloé Farr

Generation 14plus Special Mentions

  • Blaues Rauschen by Simon Maria Kubiena
  • Tinashé by Tig Terera

Crystal Bear for Best Film (Youth Jury)

  • Alis by Clare Weiskopf and Nicolás van Hemelryck

Generation Special Mention Film (Youth Jury)

  • Stay Awake by Jamie Sisley

Crystal Bear for Best Short Film (Youth Jury)

  • Born in Damascus by Laura Wadha

Generation Special Mention Short Film (Youth Jury)

  • Nada para ver aqui by Nicolas Bouchez

Generation Kplus Crystal Bear for Best Film (Children’s Jury)

  • Comedy Queen by Sanna Lenken

Generation Kplus Special Mention (Children’s Jury)

  • An Cailín Ciúin by Colm Bairéad

Crystal Bear for Best Short Film (Children’s Jury)

  • Vlekkeloos by Emma Branderhorst

Generation Kplus Special Mention (Children’s Jury)

  • Luce and the Rock by Britt Raes

Generation Kplus Grand Prix (International Jury)

  • An Cailín Ciúin by Colm Bairéad

Generation Kplus Special Mention (International Jury)

  • Shabu by Shamira Raphaëla

Generation Kplus Short Film (International Jury)

  • Gavazn by Hadi Babaeifar

Special Mention (International Jury)

  • To Vancouver by Artemis Anastasiadou
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