The online edition of the two-part Berlin International Film Festival has now concluded, and the jury has announced their winners. Leading the pack taking home the Golden Bear was Romanian director Radu Jude’s new film Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, while Ryūsuke Hamaguchi’s Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy took home the Silver Bear for Grand Jury Prize.

Rory O’Connor said in our review of Jude’s film, “As his old compatriots dabble in as far flung places as comic noirs (The Whistlers) and über-dense period symposiums (Malmkrog), it’s interesting that Radu Jude has lately emerged as the most contemporary minded of Romania’s great generation of filmmakers. Even when dabbling in the past (Aferim!Uppercase Print) his films are intrinsically linked to the here and now. In attempting to address the current moment, his latest, titled Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, is amongst the first of what can only be a limited amount of significant films to be made both in and of the pandemic.”

Check out the winners below as selected by the jury comprised of Mohammad Rasoulof, Nadav Lapid, Adina Pintilie, Ildikó Enyedi, Gianfranco Rosi, and Jasmila Žbanić, with links to coverage where available. One can also see all coverage here.


Golden Bear
Bad Luck Banging Or Loony Porn, dir: Radu Jude

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
Wheel Of Fortune And Fantasy, dir: Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Silver Bear Jury Prize
Maria Speth, Mr Bachmann And His Class

Silver Bear For Best Director
Dénes Nagy, Encounters

Best Film
We, dir: Alice Diop

Special Jury Award
Taste, dir: Lê Bảo

Best Director – Tie
Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher for The Girl And The Spider
Denis Côté for Social Hygiene

Special Mention
Rock Bottom Riser, dir: by Fern Silva

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