Berlin, February 25th, 2018 (SIGNIS/Interfilm). The German competition entry In the Aisles by Thomas Stuber won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, organized by SIGNIS and INTERFILM. It is about the dreary world of a wholesale market in which the taciturn Christian (Franz Rogowski) is trained by an older colleague and falls in love with his colleague Marion (Sandra Hüller).

The film also received the Gilde Film Award from the German Arthouse Cinemas. In the Panorama, the Ecumenical Jury awarded another German production, Styx by Wolfgang Fischer. The Forum Prize went to Teatro de guerra by Lola Arias from Argentina. In addition, the Norwegian competition entry Utøya 22. juli by Erik Poppe received a Commendation. Styx was also awarded with the Label Europa Cinemas, and Teatro de guerra with the CICAE Art Cinema Award.

The Ecumenical Jury at the 2018 Berlinale was composed of Vesna Andonovic (Luxemburg), Freek L. Bakker (The Netherlands), Inge Kirsner (Germany), Winifred Loh (Singapore), Jeffrey H. Mahan (USA), and Joachim Opahle (Germany).

The International Festival Jury headed by Jury President Tom Tykwer awarded the Golden Bear to Touch Me Not by Adina Pintilie from Romania. The Grand Prize of the Jury, a Silver Bear, went to Twarc (Mug) by Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska. Wes Anderson, director of the animated film Isle of Dogs, which opened the 68th Berlinale on February 15, was honored for Best Director.

19 films were screened in the International Competition, including the new works by Lav Diaz, Gus van Sant, Benoit Jacquot and Malgorzata Szumowska. Four German films celebrated their world premiere in the competition: In the Aisles by Thomas Stuber, My Brother's Name is Robert and He is an Idiot by Philip Groening, 3 Days in Quiberon by Emily Atef and Transit by Christian Petzold.

The actor Willem Dafoe was awarded a Golden Honorary Bear. The retrospective was dedicated to Weimar cinema. Among the films in the series "Berlinale Classics", which were shown in a new digital restoration, was the Israeli film Life According to Agfa by Assi Dayan, whose publication in Germany was promoted by the Protestant film work in the 90s. In the two competition sections for children and youth films, Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus alone, 65 short and feature films were shown. In total, the festival presented around 350 films.

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Berlin 2018 (Competition)

In den Gängen (In the Aisles). Directed by: Thomas Stuber, Germany

When life is a supermarket, what we need is not found on the shelves but in the aisles. The film shows in an artistically convincing way what is meant by “Blessed are the pure in heart”.

Commendation of the Ecumenical Jury, Berlin 2018 (Competition)

Utøya 22. juli. Directed by: Erik Poppe, Norway

The Ecumenical Jury commends Utøya 22. juli. In a single take, with a hand held camera, the filmmaker creates a claustrophobic engagement with tragedy of the shocking attack that took the lives of 77 young people outside Oslo. The film plunges the audience into the anxiety and despair of the participants, and suggests the possibility of compassion and hope in the face of tragedy. 

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Berlin 2018 (Panorama)

Styx. Directed by: Wolfgang Fischer, Germany, Austria

Styx captures the attention of the Ecumenical Jury for the way it discovers the biblical story of the Good Samaritan in the challenge the EU faces in the arrival of desperate immigrants from Africa. It is a film of high artistic quality, which tells a tale of suspense, and confronts us with the ethical dilemma that individuals and nations must face when asked, “Who is my neighbor?” 

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Berlin 2018 (Forum)

Teatro de guerra (Theatre of War). Directed by: Lola Arias, Argentina

More than three decades after the conflict has ended, British and Argentinian veterans and young actors explore the stories of the war in a setting that transcends theatre. In this reenactment, the Falkands conflict stands for all wars and their traumatic consequences. War ends lives but here humanity prevails.