Berlinale 2023 – the 73rd International Film Festival in Berlin – is slowly coming to an end. Awards will be handed out at the Berlinale Palast on Saturday evening. The winner of the Golden Bear was decided by the jury chaired by actress Kristen Stewart.
Berlinale 2023 – the 73rd edition of the Berlin International Film Festival – opened on February 16 with the latest film by the outstanding American filmmaker and writer Rebecca Miller “She Came To Me”. One of the roles was played by Joanna Kulig. Officially, the festival lasts until Sunday, February 26, but traditionally, prizes are awarded in the competition sections on Saturday.
Berlinale 2023. Kristen Stewart chairing the jury of the Main Competition
This year, 19 films from 19 countries were selected for the Main Competition, 18 of which had their world premieres in the German capital. Five of them were directed by women. In addition, the latest films from 12 artists whose films were presented at the Berlinale competed for the Golden Bear – including nine of them who had already had a chance for the Golden Bear. Three feature debuts were also selected for the Main Competition.
The winner of the Golden Bear and other competition prizes will be decided by an international jury chaired by the actress Kristen Stewart. Next to her, films will be judged by: Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahania German director Valeska GrisebachRomanian director Radu Judean American casting director Francine MaislerSpanish director, last year’s winner of the Golden Bear Carla Simon and a Hong Kong director and producer Johnnie To.
During this year’s edition of one of the most important film festivals in the world, a lot of attention was paid war in Ukrainepro-democracy protests in Iranas well as paying tribute to the victims of the earthquake in Turkey and in Syria, which affected these countries at the beginning of February. The special guest of the opening gala was the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskywho gave a live speech over an internet connection.
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