The Berlinale prize list honored women.

The Berlin International Film Festival crowned the Spanish film

Alcarras 

by director Carla Simon on Wednesday.

By winning the Golden Bear, the 35-year-old filmmaker becomes the third young director in a row to be crowned by a major festival, after the French Julia Ducournau, Palme d'Or at Cannes for

Titane 

and Audrey Diwan, Lion d gold in Venice for

the Event

.

If we add to this the triumph at the Oscars 2021 of the American Chloé Zhao, with

Nomadland

, these most prestigious awards in the cinema world seem to testify, five years after the start of the Weinstein affair, to a desire to rebalance the in an industry long dominated by men.

Women should “tell half the stories”

In Berlin, the prize list is almost exclusively female, with a prize for the best director to the Frenchwoman Claire Denis for

With love and acharement 

and a "non-gendered" prize for the best interpretation to the German-Turkish actress Meltem Kaptan.

“It's a trend that's here to stay because the benchmarks are changing.

When I was a student, it was difficult to refer to female directors, but little by little it is changing, because there is a will, because we are half of humanity and therefore we must tell half stories.

But we are not there yet, ”said Carla Simon at a press conference.

The Golden Bear also sheds light on the future of agriculture and peasants, jostled by modernity.

Alcarras 

is indeed an ode to smallholders, which takes place over a summer in a corner of Catalonia bathed in sunshine.

The president of the jury, the American director M. Night Shyamalan, praised the performance of the actors who knew how to "show the tenderness and the fight of a family", and to highlight "our dependence on the land".

Carla Simon, who had already received a first film award in Berlin for

Summer 1993

(2017), also dedicated her award to "small farming families who cultivate their land every day to fill our plates".

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