Writer-director Daniel Ribeiro's Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho/ The Way He Looks has won the Teddy Award for the best lgbt feature at the 64th Berlin Film Festival. "Giovana is Leo’s best friend. They spend their afternoons at the pool, awarding points for the level of their boredom and just hanging out. But there are limits to their intimacy. Leo is rather self-contained; even his schoolmates’ barbs can’t dent his sense of his own independence. Tired of his parents’ over-protective attitude, this blind fifteen-year-old wants to take control of his own life and apply for a school exchange. The arrival of a new pupil at school prompts Leo to reassess his daily routine. Having made friends with Gabriel he must now find a way to deal with Giovana’s jealousy. And yet, as naturally as Leo becomes aware of his feelings for Gabriel, the more he allows himself to feel unsettled by his friend’s tentative advances." The jury called it, "A joyous debut feature from a director who combines great writing, characterization, performance, camera, and music to deliver a film that soars above the well-explored coming of age genre, giving new meaning to the old adage ‘love is blind.’"
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Stefan Haupt won the Teddy's best queer documentary award -- and the Berlinale's audience award for best doc -- for his film Der Kreis/The Circle (below): "Founded in the early 1940s, the network around the magazine Der Kreis was the only gay organisation to survive the Nazi regime. Legendary masked balls in Zurich hosted 800 visitors from all over Europe. It is there that timid teacher Ernst Ostertag falls in love with drag star Röbi Rapp. Ernst searches for a way to fight for his gayness to be accepted as normal outside the boundaries of ‘The Circle’ network without losing his employment as a teacher. The film uncovers the fascinating universe of one of the first gay liberation communities. Enriched by impressive conversational records with Ernst Ostertag and Röbi Rapp, the film depicts a decades-long love story."
Roy Dib won best short for his 19-minute Mondial 2010: "A Lebanese gay couple decides to take a road trip to Ramallah. The film is recorded with their camera as they chronicle their journey. The protagonists and the viewers are invited through the couple’s conversations into the universe of a fading city."
Bruce LaBruce won a Special Jury Award for his 51-minute film Pierrot Lunaire, "A young woman that regularly dresses as a man falls in love and seduces a young girl that has no clue that her lover is of the same sex. When the girl introduces ‘her boyfriend’ to her father he becomes skeptical and unmasks the fraud."
The main Berlinale winners: Diao Yinan's Black Coal, Thin Ice took two big prizes, best film and best actor for Liao Fan; Richard Linklater won best director for Boyhood; Haru Kuroki won best actress for The Little House; and Dietrich & Anna Brüggemann won best screenplay for Stations of the Cross. Runner up for best film was Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Overlooked at the queer and general awards was Ira Sachs' Love Is Strange, coming later this year.