Federico Bondi’s Dafne wins the Fipresci Prize in the Panorama section of the Berlinale. The film is produced by Vivo Film and Rai Cinema, and will be released by Istituto Luce Cinecittà on March 21st. The director states: “We wanted to make a political film, so the selection in Berlin was already good news. It’ s my first time here, also as a member of the audience. It’s not as glamourous as Cannes or Venice. You can feel a moral tension with the extraordinary participation of the city. It’s a great satisfaction.” The jury’s motivation states: “For the touching and deeply human portrait of a brave daughter and her loving father who try to overcome grief, and for the unforgettable performance of Carolina Raspanti and Antonio Piovanelli.” The sophomore feature by Federico Bondi focuses on a 30-year-old woman with Down syndrome, and her relationship with her father after the death of her mother.

The Fipresci Prize for the Competition went to Nadav Lapid’s Synonymes, “a strongly original film that breaks with the limit of narration through a complex character that encompasses different identities and cultures. A powerful work conveying strong irony and a subtle political message.”

The Firpresci Prize for the Forum section went to Die Kinder der Toten by collective Nature Theater of Oklahoma, an adaptation of Elfriede Jelinek’s ghost story, shot in Austria and produced by Ulrich Seidl.

The jury was composed by Rita di Santo (UK), Orlando Margarido (Brazil), José Romero (Peru), Salome Kikaleishvili (Georgia), Angelika Kettelhack (Germany), Massimo Lechi (Italy), Eithne Mary O’Neill (France), Suncica Unevska (Macedonia), Ricardo Brunn (Germany).