Berlin, February 19, 2012 (SIGNIS/Interfilm) - The Ecumenical Jury at the 62nd Berlinale awarded its 2012 prizes in the International Competition, the Panorama and the International Forum of Young Cinema. The Panorama and the Forum prize carry a prize money of 2500.- € each, donated by the Catholic Film Work in Germany and the EKD (Evangelical Church in Germany).

The Ecumenical Award winner in the International Competition is Cesare deve morire (Caesar Must Die) directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Italy.

"In the world of prison life the power of freedom through art superbly is manifested by inmates of maximum security reenacting Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Their gripping discoveries of character similarities arouse compassion for the human condition."

In addition, the Jury awarded a Commendation to Rebelle (War Witch) directed by Kim Nguyen (Canada).

"The horror of a young girl's life when taken from her village by rebels to be trained as a child soldier is depicted by scenes of Congo warfare softened by the sweet innocence of a youthful love. Komona, the girl and war witch, escapes this existence to provide a message of redeeming hope."

In the Panorama section, the Jury gave its Prize to Die Wand (The Wall) directed by Julian Roman Pölsler (Austria/Germany).

" Die Wand tells the story of a woman mysteriously trapped inside transparent walls near an alpine cabin which shut her off from human companionship and require physical labour to survive. The film's original and atmospheric cinematography accompanies an intense solo performance by Martina Gedeck. Through her care for animals and a solitary immersion in nature she moves beyond chaotic self-preoccupation towards a liberating though sober understanding of love as a unifying and humanizing power."

Moreover, the Jury awarded a Commendation to Parada (The Parade) directed by Srdjan Dragojevic (Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia).

"With effective use of comedy, this energetic film considers the challenges of mounting a gay pride parade in Belgrade. The certainty of extreme violence in response leads to an unexpected and touching alliance between former ethnic foes and gay activists."

The Ecumenical Award in the Forum went to La Demora (The Delay) directed by Rogrido Plá (Uruguay, Mexico, France).

" La Demora expresses compassion for demented elderly caught in the overburdened care of family. When a daughter abandons her depending father, his steadfast wait for her return draws a community of heartfelt hope. Through a superb dramatic performance one observes the painful condition of family responsibility."

The members of the Ecumenical Jury were: Angelika Obert (President, Germany), Cynthia Chambers (USA), Alyda Faber (Canada), Rolf-Rüdiger Hamacher (Germany), Mikael Larsson (Sweden), Edgar Rubio (Mexico).