The 71st Berlin Film Festival has come to a close, and the winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film is the French documentary ‘On the Adamant’ by Nicolas Philibert. This film follows the story of a small mountain village in the French Alps and its inhabitants as they grapple with the consequences of climate change.
The Berlin Film Festival, held annually in February, is one of the most prestigious festivals in the world. This year’s festival was presided over by a jury led by actress Kristen Stewart. The jury awarded the Golden Bear for Best Film to ‘On the Adamant’, praising it for its “masterful storytelling and its ability to capture the beauty and fragility of the natural world”.
The festival also saw a range of other films competing for awards, from prestige projects to politically charged films and ethical starpower. Winners included the French drama ‘Here We Are’, which won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize, and the Chinese film ‘Better Days’, which won the Alfred Bauer Prize.
The Berlin Film Festival has long been a platform for filmmakers to showcase their work and explore important themes. This year’s festival was no exception, with a focus on the power of storytelling and the importance of ethical filmmaking. As the festival draws to a close, the winners of the Golden Bear for Best Film and other awards will serve as an inspiration for filmmakers around the world.