Berlin Film Festival

Winter’s Bone wins a prize at Berlinale

Two quick updates today.

Winter’s Bone has won an independent jury prize at the Berlin Film Festival, which closes on Sunday.

The independent juries judging the line-up for the 60th Berlin International Film Festival spread the joy far and wide this year, picking an eclectic mix of titles from across all the Berlinale sections.

The FIPRESCI association of international film critics honored Danish drama “A Family” from director Pernille Fischer Christensen as the best film in competition this year. FIPRESCI picked Japanese feature “Parade” from Isao Yukisada as the best Panorama title and Oscar Ruiz Navia’s “Crab Trap” as the top film running in the Forum sidebar.

The Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas went to “Shahada,” the student film from first-timer Burhan Quarbani, which was a surprise addition to the Berlinale competition while the International Confederation of Art House Cinemas honored Jan Hrebejk’s “Kawasaki’s Rose” with its Panorama prize. Debra Granik’s Sundance hit “Winter’s Bone” won the Confederation’s prize for best Forum film. [Hollywood Reporter]

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Oliver Sherman going to Berlinale

Looks like Oliver Sherman will be getting some promotion at the Berlin Film Festival, too. I can’t find anything about it being screened there (it’s still in post-production), but the film will be part of the Canada at Berlinale 2010 program and probably looking for a European distributor.

The film now also has a page on The Film Works’ site.

Berlinale kicks off on February 11. Winter’s Bone has its first screening on Feb. 16.

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Winter’s Bone added to SXSW lineup

Winter’s Bone will be screened at the South by Southwest festival in Austin in March as part of the Festival Favorites program. If you’re thinking of going, the complete SXSW 2010 schedule will probably show up here one of these days. This year, the festival runs from March 12 to 21.

Before that, the film will have its European premiere at the Berlinale. Here are the dates and venues:

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In the meantime, Winter’s Bone has also found an international distributor. Fortissimo Films has bought worldwide sales rights from Anonymous Content. From Screen Daily:

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes and Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone will have its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, where it is screening in the Forum section and as a special presentation in Generations 14+.

Fortissimo chairman Michael J. Werner said: “As I was watching the film at an early morning screening in Sundance, I began to realize that I was seeing a real gem; masterfully directed, artfully written and beautifully acted.”

Producers Alix Madigan and Anne Rosellini added: “We are thrilled to be working with Fortissimo and to be in the company of the excellent films they represent.”

Winter’s Bone headed to Berlin Film Festival

Winter’s Bone will have its international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, which runs from February 11 to 21 this year. It will be screened as part of the official program.

For all the info, head over to the Berlinale site.

The U.S. premiere at Sundance is only a few days away. The first screening is on January 23. For the complete schedule, go here.

Deep in the Ozark Mountains, clans live by a code of conduct that no one dares defy—until an intrepid teenage girl has no other choice. When Ree Dolly’s crystal-meth-making father skips bail and goes missing, her family home is on the line. Unless she finds him, she and her young siblings and disabled mother face destitution. In a heroic quest, Ree traverses the county to confront her kin, break their silent collusion, and bring her father home.

With thrilling tension, Winter’s Bone depicts an archetypal rite of passage from adolescence to adulthood. Only this time, the young warrior is a girl. As our heroine braves immoveable obstacles, she redefines the notion of family loyalty and, in the process, discovers her own power. The spare precision of Debra Granik’s direction is effortlessly profound. Stunningly genuine performances and exquisite visual details capture the textures and rhythms of a world where the mythic and the naturalistic intermingle.

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