The 65th Berlinale Film Festival announced the winners of all three short film prizes yesterday. The Daazo team had the chance to watch each one of them live, at the grand festival, so here they are, the three winners.

The winner of the Golden Bear Award for Best Short Film:

Hosanna, directed by Na Young-kil (Korea, 25′, 2014)

Hosanna, ©Berlinale

The shocking story of a young boy, who can resurrect the dead. With a simple touch, he can heal any kind of deadly damage, whether it has happened to innocent animals, or sinful people. But the men who are getting a chance to resurrect, aren’t really greatful about their new chances in life – they punish the boy and his mother, making them physically and mentally passive too. There’s no way out of this painful routine, in a poor village, in Korea. Shocking images (as we say, a lady in front of us in the theatre got seriously angry by the images, complaining and nodding her head all along) – picturing the deepness of pain, and the circle of life and death. Still shivering.


The winner of the Silver Bear Award:

Bad at Dancing, by Joanna Arnow (USA, 11′, 2015)

Bad at dancing, ©Berlinale

Joanna and Isabelle are living together, Isabelle has a boyfriend, Matt. Their intimate lovelife is constantly getting interrupted by the third wheel of the place (and literary, the side of their marrital bed, during sexual times), and her constant speculation of life’s grand questions. Who am I? What’s my purpose in life? Am I good at dancing? Why is nobody wants to see ME naked? Joanna Arnow is opening up her heart and body on a full throttle in this 11 minute long piece, recalling the presence of the great Lena Dunham, many times during the short film. The shape of their bodies, their shared profession of writing, and their constant dealing with their soul and sexuality – yep, there’s some Lena in there, for sure.

The winner of the International Short Film Jury (Audi) award:

Planet ∑, by Momoko Seto (France, 12′, 2014)

Planet ∑, ©Berlinale

Momoko Seto’s short film is a wonderful and interesting experimental piece, but I think it’s better if I let the official synopsis, to explain this unique short film:

“The universe in all its infinitude. On Planet ∑, enormous creatures are trapped inside the ice. All of a sudden explosions erupt from subterraneadn volcanoes. The ice begins to melt; a global warming concludes the giants’ deep slumber and new life begins. The creatures crawl forth, out of ice. With the aid of slow motion, Seto fictionalises the unfolding of events. Planet ∑ is the third part of a planet series.”

Read and map the mind of Momoko Seto and Joanna Arnow in the latest Berlinale 2015 issue of World of Shorts!

Photos from the Berlinale Archive, and the synopsis of Planet ∑, from the official programme of Berlinale Festival.