Chinese film Black Coal, Thin Ice won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Diao Yinan's noir drama follows the investigation into a series of murders in northern China at the turn of the millennium. Black Coal, Thing Ice was the only film to win more than one award from the jury headed by James Schamus. Actor Liao Fan also picked up the Best Actor Silver Bear.
Richard Linkater won Best Director prize for his much admired Boyhood. Filmed over the course of 12 years, the film depicts the growing pains of a young boy (Ellar Coltrane) as he copes with life after the divorce of his parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette). Accepting the award, Linklater thanked the entire crew, “This prize is for best director but I'll accept it for best ensemble.
Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel took the Grand Jury Prize. 91 year-old Alain Resnais won the Alfred Bauer Prize for his adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn play Life of Riley. Japanese star Hari Kuroki won the best actress prize.
Prizes of the International Jury
Golden Bear for best film (awarded to the film's producer)
Bai Ri Yan Huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice) by Diao Yinan
Silver Bear Grand Jury prize
The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson
Silver Bear Alfred Bauer prize for a feature film that opens new perspectives
Aimer, boire et chanter (Life of Riley) by Alain Resnais
Silver Bear for best director
Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Silver Bear for best actress
Haru Kuroki in Chiisai Ouchi (The Little House) by Yoji Yamada
Silver Bear for best actor
Liao Fan in Bai Ri Yan Huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice) by Diao Yinan
Silver Bear for best script
Dietrich Brüggemann, Anna Brüggemann for Kreuzweg (Stations of the Cross) by Dietrich Brüggemann
Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution in the categories camera, editing, music score, costume or set design
Zeng Jian for the camera in Tui Na (Blind Massage) by Lou YeReuse content