Two major Berlinale awards to SONNE and MUTZENBACHER

We’re full of pride and joy:

Kurdwin Ayub’s directorial debut SONNE wins the GFF Best First Feature Award. This films stands out among 18 first features selected throughout the different Berlinale sections, the prize is endowed with € 50,000.

The jury statement on SONNE: The First Feature Award is going to a filmmaker who dares to use an authentic language telling a story that is challenging stereotypes. The film manages to bridge the contemporary digital identity and the real world in a bold provoking way deconstructing themes of cultural identity.

Ruth Beckermann is once again a Berlinale laureate. The winner of the Berlinale Documentary Award 2018,  takes the Best Film Award at the Encounters competition for her new documentary MUTZENBACHER.

The jury statement on MUTZENBACHER: Masterfully playing with minimal elements interwoven through a rigorous mise-en-scène punctuated by humour, the director achieves a rich and complex reflection on gender and sexual politics that raises complicated questions of utmost relevance today.

Simon Maria Kubiena's short film BLAUES RAUSCHEN earns a Special Mention at Generationen 14plus.