Iranian drama ‘Ballad for the White Cow,’ directed by Behtash Sanaeeha and Maryam Moqaddam won the third place in the audience voting at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival.
“Mina’s life is turned upside down when she learns that her husband was innocent of the crime for which he was executed, so she starts a silent battle against a cynical system for her own and her daughter's sake,” read the synopsis of ‘Ballad of a White Cow’.
The cast includes Maryam Moqaddam, Alireza Sani-Far, and Pouria Rahimi-Sam.
The film was also screened at Tribeca Film Festival which was held in New York from June 9 to 20.
‘Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse’ (Mr. Bachmann and His Class), a heartwarming documentary about an unorthodox teacher and his sixth-grade class, most of whom come from immigrant families, won the first-ever audience award at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Directed by Maria Speth, ‘Herr Bachmann’ was the favorite film of the nearly 8,500 Berlin audience members who voted, picking the top title of the 15 movies in the Berlin competition this year.
Maria Schrader’s ‘I’m Your Man,’ a sci-fi romantic comedy starring Dan Stevens and Maren Eggert, took second place in the audience voting.
The audience award was introduced for the Berlinale Summer Special, an outdoor, in-person, festival held June 9-20 in the German capital to screen the highlights of the 2021 Berlinale, which was held online-only in March.
Berlin’s Summer Special has been an overwhelming success, helped by the warm, sunny weather in the German capital and the relaxation of strict COVID-19 lockdown measures in Germany over the past few months. Organizers insist the Berlinale will return to its regular winter slot next year but there is talk of keeping the Summer Special in some form, to highlight the festival’s best films.
This year’s edition of the German festival took place in two parts; an industry-focused, online-only event running March 1-5, and a Summer Special event featuring physical screenings, launched on June 9-20.