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Festival poster
Festival poster

The 59th Berlin International Film Festival was held from 5 February to 15 February 2009.[2] The opening film of the festival was Tom Tykwer’s The International, screened out of competition.[3] Costa-Gavras's immigrant drama Eden Is West served as the closing night film at the festival.[4][5] The festival's jury president was actress Tilda Swinton of the United Kingdom.[6]

The Golden Bear was awarded to Peruvian film La Teta Asustada directed by Claudia Llosa.[7] The retrospective dedicated to the Golden Age of 70mm filmmaking from 1955 to 1970, titled 70 mm – Bigger than Life was shown at the festival.[8]

Admission for the festival was reported to be among the highest in years, and it also set a record for ticket sales, with some 270,000 tickets sold by the halfway mark, compared to 240,000 sold for the entire run of the festival the previous year.[9] The final ticket tally was the largest in the festival’s 59-year history.[9]

Jury


The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:[10]

In competition


The following films were selected in competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards:[1]

Out of competition screening


The following films were selected for the out of competition screening at the festival:[1]

Key


Awards


The following prizes were awarded by the Jury:[7][11]

The Golden Bear went to La teta asustada by Claudia Llosa.

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