Mati Diop's documentary on the restitution in Benin of works looted by French colonial troops received the Golden Bear at the 74th Berlinale. Diop above all gives a voice to the students of the University of Abomey Calavi.

The grand prize awarded to A Traveler's Needs, by Hong Sang-soo, looks like a hoax. The jury prize goes to The Empire, by Bruno Dumont, a ch'ti version of Star Wars. Emily Watson, for her role as Mother Superior in the insignificant Small Things Like These, won the award for best supporting role.