Berlin: ‘Profile’ Wins Panorama Audience Award

Timur Bekmambetov’s thriller, about a journalist who goes undercover as a radicalized Muslim convert, the film unfolds entirely on the computer screen.

Timur Bekmambetov’s Profile, a thriller about a European journalist who goes undercover as a Jihadi bride for ISIS, has won the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The drama is told entirely on the journalist’s computer, using FaceTime, Skype, Facebook, video downloads and various web pages and social media platforms. Bekmambetov, whose Hollywood output has included Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Ben-Hur, has been a regular in Berlin. He previously screened his breakout Russian horror fantasy Night Watch and its sequel Day Watch at the festival.

The Panorama Audience Award for best documentary went to The Silence of Others from Emmy-winning directors Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar (Made in L.A.) which looks at the battle for justice in Spain after a 1977 amnesty law prohibited the prosecution of perpetrators who worked under the country’s Fascist regime. Oscar-winning Spanish director Pedro Almodovar executive produced.

The Panorama Audience Award was voted on by regular festival goers, who picked the winners from the 47 features, including 20 documentaries, screening in the Berlin sidebar.