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The 63rd annual Berlin International Film Festival—the first of the three most prestigious international film festivals that are held every year; the other two being Cannes Film Festival and Venice International Film Festival—was hosted in Berlin, Germany between the 7th and 17th of February 2013.

The festival jury was presided over by renowned Chinese filmmaker Wong Kar-wai and his latest film The Grandmaster was chosen as the opening film of the festival. The festival’s top honor, the Golden Bear, was awarded to the Romanian film Child's Pose, directed by Călin Peter Netzer. The closing ceremony of the festival, hosted by Anke Engelke, was held Saturday evening in the storied Berlinale-Palast at Potsdamer Platz. 

The French documentary filmmaker Claude Lanzmann was awarded with the Honorary Golden Bear. Italian actress Isabella Rossellini, German filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim, and American filmmaker Richard Linklater were awarded with the Berlinale Camera.

Festival Jury

Wong Kar-wai, Chinese filmmaker (Jury president)
Susanne Bier, Danish filmmaker
Andreas Dresen, German filmmaker
Ellen Kuras, American filmmaker
Shirin Neshat, Iranian artist and filmmaker
Tim Robbins, American actor
 Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greek filmmaker

Films screened in competition

English title
Sebastián Lelio
Chile, Spain
South Korea
Austria, France, Germany
United States
Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Slovenia
Thomas Arslan
Guillaume Nicloux
France, Germany, Belgium
Pia Marais
Germany, South Africa, France, Netherlands
Fredrik Bond
United States
United States
A Long and Happy Life
Boris Khlebnikov
United States
Emir Baigazin
Kazakhstan, Germany

Films screened out of competition

English title
United States, Greece
Germany, Switzerland, Portugal
United States

List of Awards

Golden Bear: Child's Pose by Călin Peter Netzer
Jury Grand Prix: An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker by Danis Tanović
Alfred Bauer Prize: Vic and Flo Saw a Bear by Denis Côté
Silver Bearfor Best Director: David Gordon Green for Prince Avalanche
Silver Bear for Best Actress: Paulina García for Gloria
Silver Bear for Best Actor: Nazif Mujić for An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
Silver Bear for Best Script: Jafar Panahi for Closed Curtain
 Award for an outstanding artistic contribution: Aziz Zhambakiyev for Harmony Lessons
Special Mentions: Promised Land by Gus Van San; Layla Fourie by Pia Marais

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— Murtaza Ali

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