Jafar Panahi’s Taxi took Berlin’s Golden Bear, proving that Iranian authorities are total rubbish at upholding the filmmaking ban they imposed on the director some time ago. Taxi is Panahi’s third feature to play at A list festivals since he was banned.
The Berlinale has long been recognised as one of the most politicised of the A list festivals. While its support for Panahi might be commendable, the festival’s decision this year to offer an out-of-competition premiere screening of 50 Shades of Grey called its judgement into question.
The Berlinale’s main competition acting gongs went to the leads of 45 Years, Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling.
Elsewhere at the Berlinale Beata Gårdeler’s Flocken (Flocking) and Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak (Rainbow) took the major awards in the Generation sections which often see NZ titles in competition.
There’s a complete list of all the prize winners here.