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Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay win in Berlin

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay with their Silver Bear awards. Photo courtesy of the Berlinale


February 2015

It was double honours for British film in the main Competition at the 2015 Berlinale, as Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay each won a Silver Bear (for best actress and best actor, respectively) for their performances in Andrew Haigh's 45 Years.

Haigh's third feature was the only British film in Berlin's Competition, and it was not only loved by the jury, but also by the critics -- as it tops the votes by Screen International's international critics jury (see grid here).

Rampling and Courtenay play a married couple about to celebrate their 45th anniversary when the body of his first love is discovered and stirs up difficult memories.

The film also impressed on the business side of the European Film Market, adding a US distribution deal with Sundance Selects.

45 Years was financed by the BFI, Film4 and Creative England and co-developed by Film4 and the BFI.

Other British triumphs in Berlin include:

Panorama Audience Award – Documentary Film 2015
Tell Spring Not To Come This Year, dirs: Saeed Taji Farouky, Michael McEvoy (UK)

Crystal Bear Short Film in Generation 14plus
A Confession, dir: Petros Silvestros (UK)

Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury for best short film
Coach, dir: Ben Adler, France-UK

Crystal Bear Short Film Generation Kplus
Hadiatt Abi (Gift Of My Father), dir: Salam Salman (Iraq/Great Britain/Netherlands/US)

Peace Film Prize
The Look of Silence, dir Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark/Norway/Finland/Indonesia/UK)

Amnesty International Film Prize
Tell Spring Not To Come This Year, dirs: Saeed Taji Farouky, Michael McEvoy (UK)