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Reporting from Berlin on the 67th edition February 9 -19, 2017
Our team of festival ambassadors and reporters bring you the dailies from the Berlin Film Festival and European Film Market and keep an eye on past editions archives.
The 66th Berlin International Film Festival was held February 11 - 20, 2016 #berlinale Preview Newsletters 1 & 2 I Line Up issue I
Hold Me: A film by Lucia Rikaki showing in the (EFM) market with a website
Sharing loss may make you feel less lonely,like a warm embrace
Julia had a strange upbringing.
Comments from Georges Giannopoulos (RIFF) about the film
Comments from Hans Schmidt: phototographer
A drop.A crystal drop.A life.Poetry never ends. With cruelty, it comes with wings of silver and henna, like a flash from a lost boat. It comes with the remains of the forgotten trees, comes as a magician pulling thunders out of our hearts. Simply, it walks in the rain with an umbrella made of a sun leaves; searching for a colour; a bright colour; a face: Your face! A poet steals the words from the opened windows; just like a crow! Searching in chained circles for a drop, a crystal drop, a life. Rain!Rain in us.Many drops, many crystals. A colour, all colours.So we can live many lives! Masoud Amralla Al Ali DIFF
After the screening I was left speechless by the beauty and the style and the content of the film Fotis Kaghellaris Dr Psychiatrist
The feeling the one gets out of Hold Me is enormously strong it looks very poetic and colourful
I was surprised by the sadness and the beauty being so close to each other.I loved the blindfold scenes and was very touched by the woman talking with her hands. Katarina Peters film director
The music is very beautiful and the story is extremely moving. I have been caught in a web of loss this past year and, thus, the story touches me all the more. Stephen Lewis writer
As I was watching the film my personal stories came to the surface ,stories of loss I had long hidden in myself .I was diving into a beautiful oblivion full of strong emotions happy and devastating at the same time There were times I felt like crying and others I felt like smiling.Thank you for this generous film Myrsini Lenoudia teacher
As I woke up I sensed a strange fulfillment and as sleep disappeared gradually I could see clearly the journey you offered me so generously with the wings of the angel. I saw my ill sister standing on the surface of the sea and lifting her sick body with the help of these very wings She was a true angel I had forgotten how beautiful she was Thank you Elena Avgerinou social worker
Your film: A visual poem of life.
HOLD ME Lucia Rikaki: the director’s note
"The idea of using the internet to share stories of loss came to me two years ago while I was developing a teaching method based on the ‘ecriture automatique’ concepts developed by the surrealists for the free expression of the subconscious in storytelling. I used this method now many years with actors in schools and in preparation of my theatre work...
My last (third) fiction I directed for the cinema was back in 1997 and since I have been doing one feature doc almost every year.
They have all been released theatrically and they evolved around social themes. I needed to move form my earlier storytelling into something more relevant and moving.
My experience with building the site for hold me my recent movie www.holdme.gr was very revealing sharing these stories with hundreds of people I did not know but felt so close to what I had in mind for the script. It took two year to develop the script and to communicate and filter these stories until early in 2005.
I started meeting with some of the writers that agreed to have their stories in the film and started shooting with them their stories using the concept if the game of touch as it was presented in the site from the very beginning.
The script was than completed after this first phase of the shooting was completed and integrated some of the stories. Happily some of them blended extremely well in the writing with the story of Julia as it was coming alive in the story I was writing...
An unfortunate event gave room to another strong subplot of the film One of the writers who have contributed stories to the web site died suddenly in a free fall in Bulgaria.
In the beginning this came as a very strong shock and halted my work until most of the other writers encouraged that we go on with the film and integrate George’s story.
We have now completed shooting the film HOLD ME in October 2005 and we are starting the editing phase.
Our approach when shooting but also now at the editing phase is to portray with strong visuals the highly moving story of Julia in connection with the shared stories. Often our narrative used the free interpretation of the subconscious as it could be perceived in images and free flow of thought.
Despite how this may sound some of our narrative preserves the linear form.
We are already testing some of our material in screenings with a variety of public and the common line is that the strong emotion is delivered avoiding melodramatic outbursts while keeping an impressive variety of strong visuals.
Despite the initial unusual concept the film seems to hook the viewer into an emotional and aesthetic journey."
HOLD ME the new film by Lucia Rikaki will show at EFM(check the website)
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Berlin 2016: The dailies from the Berlin Film Festival brought to you by our team of festival ambassadors. Vanessa McMahon, Alex Deleon, Laurie Gordon, Ole Schulz Lia Fietz, Aida Amasuno Martin, Martin Petrov and Bruno Chatelin...
|October 30, 2015||Deadline for film entries for the festival (feature length films)|
|November 17, 2015||Deadline for film entries for the festival (short films)|
|January 6, 2016||Application deadline for accreditations|
|February 2, 2016||Programme Press Conference at the "Federal Press and Information Office"; access with invitation only|
|February 11, 2016||
Opening Ceremony of the
66th Berlin International Film Festival
|February 11-19, 2016||European Film Market|
|February 13-18, 2016||Berlinale Talents|
|February 14-16, 2016||Berlinale Co-Production Market|
|February 20, 2016||
Closing & Award Ceremony of the
66th Berlin International Film Festival
|February 21, 2016||Berlinale Publikumstag|
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