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Reporting from Berlin on the 69th edition February 7 -17, 2019
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. WATCH OUR VIDEO COVERAGE TRAILERS INTERVIEWS AND AMBIANCE

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Summer Hill Entertainment new lineup for EFM

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Meet Ted Chalmers / SUMMERHILL ENTERTAINMENT / ted@summerhillfilms.com
EFM/Berlin from February 8 through 13. 

Stand:  #119 Marriott Ballroom  Click to watch the trailers!

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Berlinale Jury revealed with Binoche as Jury President

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Berlinale 2019: International Jury   Once again a multitalented International Jury will decide who will take home the Golden and the Silver Bears at the Berlinale 2019. 17 films are competing for the awards in this year’s Competition. The winners will be announced at the Berlinale Palast on February 16.   Actress Juliette Binoche will head the jury (see press release from 11.12.2018). The other members of the jury are film critic and author Justin Chang (USA), act...
 

GWFF Best First Feature Award Jury

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  Since 2006, when it introduced the GWFF Best First Feature Award, the Berlinale has been even more committed to supporting the next generation of film makers. The award is endowed with € 50,000, donated by the GWFF (Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrechten), a society dedicated to safeguarding film and television rights. The prize money is to be split between the producer and the director of the winning film. Additionally, the director will be awarded with a high-...
 

Glashütte Original – Documentary Award: Jury and Nominated Films

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  The Berlin International Film Festival is very committed to documentaries and diverse documentary forms, as evident from the programmes of the different sections, initiatives and special presentations, as well as the European Film Market (EFM). In recent years, the number of long and short documentaries screening at the festival has continually increased. In 2018, the Berlinale has published a brochure titled “Focus on Docs” for the very first time. It gives an ov...
 
 

Meet the international Jury of the 32nd TEDDY AWARD

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We are happy to present the jury of the 33rd TEDDY AWARD, which will be awarded on February 15th in the VOLKSBÜHNE BERLIN. Seven renowned filmmakers and festival organisers will choose the laureates from the queer films of the Berlinale in the categories Best Feature Film, Best Documentary/Essay Film and Best Short Film. Furthermore, they will award the TEDDY Jury Award. Sandra Hezinová is a programmer based in the Czech Republic. She graduated in 2013 in film theory and history f...
 

Berlinale Camera 2019: Honouring Sandra Schulberg, Wieland Speck, Agnès Varda and Herrmann Zschoche

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Since 1986, the Berlinale Camera has been awarded to individuals and institutions that have a connection with the festival and have made an extraordinary contribution to the world of filmmaking. It is a way of showing gratitude towards those who have become friends and supporters of the Berlinale.   The 69th Berlin International Film Festival sees four individuals honoured with the Berlinale Camera: US producer and IFP founder Sandra Schulberg, Wieland Speck, who headed ...
 

The First Guest of the 5th Berlin Critics' Week

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What do Whit Stillman and Nina Power think about the staging of feminism? Or Ulrich Köhler and Lili Hinstin about alienation in political cinema? During the Berlin Critics’ Week, film directors discuss their films and the state of film culture with film professionals, philosophers, and other artists. Here’s a first peek at some of our debate participants. "Delight & Delusion"! With his feature debut, "...
 

Silver, Bauer, Schimberg, Aksornsawang, Bussmann, Samaras – The Film Programme of the 5th Berlin Critics’ Week Is Complete

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For a cinema of soft images and matriarchs. For the charm of the tactless. For resistance against disappearance. For light in darkness. For crazy film fantasies. The fifth Berlin Critics’ Week brings films together across seven evening programmes, stimulating discussions about the possibilities of cinema. Nathan Silver’s new film The Great Pretender is a dreamy, soft-focus journey into the souls of young lovers in Brooklyn’s art scene, somewhere...
 

Heinrich, Reisinger, Serra, Keltek, Traoré Dahlberg, Vernier – the First Films of the 5th Berlin Critics’ Week

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  Feminist polemics, fragmented male glances, burst cultural boundaries and the capitalist claustrophobia of a technology park. For the fifth time, the Berlin Critics’ Week explores open film concepts and cinema as a conflict zone. In the end will be the word: this year, the Berlin Critics’ Week closes with an evening featuring two authors who use film to negotiate their respective perspectives on feminism. Susanne Heinrich's DFFB graduation film, "Das melanchol...
 

VIDEO: Special trailer showcases the outstanding talents of this year’s chosen Shooting Stars

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Elliott Crosset Hove (Denmark), Rea Lest (Estonia), Emma Drogunova (Germany), Kristín Thora Haraldsdóttir (Iceland), Aisling Franciosi (Ireland), Blagoj Veselinov (FYROM), Dawid Ogrodnik (Poland), Ine Marie Wilmann (Norway), Milan Marić (Serbia) and Ardalan Esmaili (Sweden ...
 

“Books at Berlinale”: 12 books shopping

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Twelve International Literary Works in Search of Film Producers   On February 11, in the scope of “Books at Berlinale”, a co-operation with the Frankfurter Buchmesse, the Berlinale Co-Production Market will present twelve new and notable literary works that lend themselves perfectly to adaptation for the screen. At the pitch event, which has been showcasing promising new publications and bestsellers since 2006, film producers can come into contact with the renowned, internat...
 

The final titles for the Berlin International Film Festival Competition and Berlinale Special sections have been announced.

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Program looks pretty juicy this year.  Veteran directors such as Zhang Yimou, Techiné, Agnieszka Holland, and Fatih Akin; shoul spark interesting  press conferences. I will try lock an interview with Indian director Ritesh Batra (of The Lunchbox) who is quickly becoming a leading light in Bollywood.   Alex Deleon, in good shape and looking forward The new competition additions are world premieres of Zhang Yimou’s One Second, André Téchin&e...
 

Check the AVANT PREMIÈRE KICK-OFF Events Feb 9 & 10

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AVANT PREMIÈRE KICK-OFF DRINKS ON 9 FEBRUARY IMZ International Music + Media Centre Hosted by Unitel + Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Avant Première 2019 kicks-off in style on 9 February with an exclusive industry gathering in the "Casino" - the canteen of the iconic opera house. Join us for a relaxed evening at the "Casino" - the canteen of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden - to kick off your Avant Première experience in style! Be there when t...
 

Falk Richter will receive the Special TEDDY AWARD 2019

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For the 33rd time the TEDDY AWARD will be presented at the Berlin International Film Festival (07.02. - 17.02.2019) on Friday the 15th of February 2019 at the Volksbühne Berlin am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. For 33 years, the TEDDY AWARD has been honouring films and filmmakers who make important contributions, with the queer themes and artistic commitment, to greater tolerance, equality, acceptance and diversity throughout the world. Films in the categories best feature film, best documentary/...
 

Forum and Forum Expanded Present Archival Constellations

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Nuestra voz de tierra, memoria y futuro The Forum’s objectives have always included the idea of looking at film history from the point of view of contemporary cinema. Living archive work produces new things of all kinds. More and more films are being digitised and restored. This doesn’t just allow significant moments from cinema to be called to mind, but also enables existing film historical narratives to be reconsidered in a present marked by transmediality and globalisation. Th...
 

The African Film Industry of the Future at “Berlinale Africa Hub”

 
The African Film Industry of the Future at “Berlinale Africa Hub”/ “DocSalon” & “EFM Producers Hub” Feature Topics of Diversity and Inclusion   For the third year in a row, the “Berlinale Africa Hub”, an initiative of the European Film Market (EFM), is providing an international forum for communication and networking for African filmmakers and creatives, as well as for filmmakers who are active on the continent, in particular in its sub-...
 
 

Berlinale Goes Kiez: The Festival in the Cinema Around the Corner

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  Berlin has a unique landscape of cinemas. Thanks to the strong commitment of their operators and the appreciation of movie-goers, arthouse cinemas are invaluable locations of culture, communication, and creativity. To mark the 60th anniversary of the festival, Festival Director Dieter Kosslick presented Berlinale Goes Kiez in acknowledgement of the superb cinema culture fostered by arthouse cinemas throughout the year.   Since 2010, Berlinale Goes Kiez has honoured the vibrant d...
 

Panorama 2019: Breaking Free through 45 films from 38 countries, including 34 world premieres

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Divino Amor The programme of the 2019 edition of Panorama is complete. Section head Paz Lázaro and co-curator and programme manager Michael Stütz are looking forward to presenting 45 films from 38 countries, including 34 world premieres. Among them are 29 feature films, 16 documentary formats, and 19 directorial debuts. Panorama 2019 will be presenting a controversial, political, and provocative programme.   You will find a complete list of films screening in the 2019 Pa...
 

Forum 2019: Risk Before Perfection - 39 films, 31 world premieres

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Deragh Campbell. MS Slavic 7. Regie/directors: Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell. Foto/photo: © Lisa Pictures     Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art is putting on the Forum as part of the Berlinale for the 49th time. The main programme consists of 39 films, 31 of which world premieres. This year’s Special Screenings are entitled “Archival Constellations” and will be announced in a second press release.   The Forum 2019 main programme d...
 

 

Berlinale Series 2019: Innovative Formats and Long-Awaited Highlights in the Programme’s Fifth Year

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Gaspard Ulliel, Freya Mavor. Il était une seconde fois (Twice Upon A Time). Regie/director: Guillaume Nicloux. Foto/photo: © UNITÉ DE PRODUCTION - ARTE France   The fifth year of the Berlinale Series programme will see seven drama series from Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Israel, Austria and Sweden celebrating their premieres at the Zoo Palast. The rapid development of episodic content in Europe is reflected in this year’s Berlinale Series programme...

 

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Summer Hill Entertainment new lineup for EFM

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Ted Chalmers / SUMMERHILL ENTERTAINMENTted@summerhillfilms.com
EFM/Berlin from February 8 through 13. 

Stand:  #119 Marriott Ballroom

 

EFM movies for women from House of Film

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MK2 Films announces line-up for Berlin

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Fortissimo Films in Berlin

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    WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES Makoto Nagahisa, Japan, Drama 2019 Sundance FF World Dramatic Competition (World Premiere) 2019 Berlin IFF - Generation 14+ Opening Film (European Premiere)         SONG OF THE TREE  Aibek Daiyrbekov, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Music Drama 2018 Busan IFF, Tallinn Black Nights IFF, Moscow IFF 2019 Dhaka IFF Asian Competition Section, Best Film Award 2019 Palm Springs IFF (North American Premiere) 20...
 

WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED - World Premiere at 69th Berlinale

 
WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED, the first feature film directed by internationally acclaimed artist Mariam Ghani, will celebrate its world premiere at the section Forum of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED is the mostly true story of five unfinished films from the Communist era in Afghanistan. A tight-knit group of filmmakers loved cinema enough to risk their lives for art - in a time when films were weapons, filmmakers became targets, and the dreams of cons...
 

Divine Love @ Panorama and Memento Films at EFM

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Very happy to announce that after its World Premiere in Sundance, DIVINE LOVE by Gabriel Mascaro is selected at Berlinale - Panorama. You'll find our full EFM market screenings schedule below. Feel free to contact us for further information and avails.     DIVINE LOVE ...
 

Face to Face with German Films returns for the 4th edition with new talent

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     After three successful campaigns, FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS is going into its fourth year. The initiative by German Films, which presents German filmmaking and extraordinary talents from Germany, will focus on six actors and actresses in its fourth edition. With Maria Dragus, Christian Friedel, Luise Heyer, Jonas Nay, Jördis Triebel and Fahri Yardim, six of the most exciting and dynamic faces are representing the German film and se...
 

EFM presentation of 'Patients of a Saint'- female lead horror/thriller

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When medical trials are pushed to their limits, the most extreme tests end up on St. Leonard's island in the north Atlantic, a repurposed prison for some of the world's most violent criminals. But when one experiment goes wrong, the entire island becomes a terrifying, disease-ridden maze for desperate survivors. ARCHSTONE DISTRIBUTION presents ...
 

SHOOTING THE MAFIA feature documentary to screen in Berlin

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  SHOOTING THE MAFIA feature documentary By: Kim Longinotto | Ireland/USA, 2019, 97' | European premiere Sales: Charades & Met Film Sales   Sicilian Letizia Battaglia began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first dared to point her camera at a brutally slain victim. Exposing the Cosa Nostra's barbaric re...
 
 

BAIT, directed by Mark Jenkin, will do its World Premiere at Berlinale Forum!

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BAIT Directed by Mark Jenkin Produced by Early Day Films BAIT is a 2018 feature film shot on 16mm B&W film and processed by hand. Captured in Cornwall, it tells ...
 

INTRAMOVIES - Berlinale EFM / line-up

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    TRAILER Market screening: Saturday Feb 9 at 11h00 am, CinemaxX 15 Directed by Francesco Miccichè Cast: Sergio Castellitto (Don’t Move), Sabrina Ferilli (The Great Beauty), Valeria Fabrizi, Matilde Gioli (Human Capital),&nbs...
 

PROGRESS IN THE VALLEY OF THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW - World Premiere at 69th Berlinale

 
  PROGRESS IN THE VALLEY OF THE PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW (OT: Fortschritt im Tal der Ahnungslosen) the first feature film of Florian Kunert will celebrate its world premiere at the section Forum of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. In the creative documentary PROGRESS IN THE VALLEY OF THE PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW former factory workers of the German Democratic Republic come together with Syrian refugees overshadowed by weekly, racist demonstrations.   &nbs...
 

Less is More: Gathering @Berlinale 2019 - 10 February

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   Gathering @ Berlinale 2019 Sunday, February 10th   16 film projects selected each year from all over the world as well as 10 emerging European producers / story editors wanting to strengthen their ability to follow the development of feature film projects within a limited budget frame.     ...
 

Magnolia Pictures International - EFM Lineup 2019

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    Magnolia Pictures Internationalwill  present their newest acquisitions: HAIL SATAN, Penny Lane's inspiring and entertaining documentary about the controversial Satanic Temple, and THE BRINK, a chilling documentary shedding light on Steve Bannon's efforts to spread extreme nationalism to the rest of the world. Both films will be doing their world premi...
 

Voltage Pictures is set to produce and fully finance screenwriter David Loughery’s latest thriller Blackwing

 
Voltage Pictures is set to produce and fully finance screenwriter David Loughery’s latest thriller Blackwing, it was announced today by company President and COO Jonathan Deckter. Nicolas Chartier and Dominic Rustam are producing, and Jonathan Deckter is executive producing for Voltage Pictures. Brad Kaplan and David Loughery are also executive producing.   In this nail-biting thriller reminiscent of Breakdown starring Kurt Russell and Stephen Spielberg’s Duel, a pilot plays a...
 

Sam Worthington joins Gugu Mbatha-Raw on SEACOLE for The Exchange

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Brian O’Shea, The Exchange CEO, announced today that actor Sam Worthington (AVATAR, THE SHACK, EVEREST) is joining award-winning actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw (BELLE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) on SEACOLE. SEACOLE’s new cast will be introduced to international buyers by The Exchange at the upcoming European Film Market, February 7th-15th, 2019. SEACOLE will start production in the spring of 2019. The epic drama, SEACOLE will be helmed by acclaimed theater and film director Charlie Stratton...
 

Genre sale outfit Devilworks has added two titles to its slate ahead of the European Film Market in Berlin

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  (exclusive)  After The Lethargy, the first English language feature from writer-director-producer Marc Carrete (Asmodexia, Framed), is a sci-fi centred on a young journalist who travels to the site of a terrifying alien abduction.  The title was first screened in the Pitchbox programme at Sitges as a proof of concept; Devilworks has taken worldwide rights. Another new acquisition is An Accidental Zombie (Named Ted), a horror romance directed...
 

From Annecy to Golden Dove: 4 Filmmakers from France at Berlinale Talents

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Berlinale Talents is very proud to announce the selection of 250 filmmakers - 141 women and 109 men - from 77 countries for the 17th edition of Berlinale Talents. In our most recent press release you can find out more about some of the exciting talents, alumni that return to Berlinale Talents as experts such as Golden-Bear winner Adina Pintilie as well as our Talent profiles/projects.   We are very happy to let you know that 4 of the chosen filmmakers are working and living in France: Jus...
 

Morefilms - EFM 2019 Line Up

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      READY FOR DELIVERY: SUPER...
 

Out Stealing Horses will compete for Norway at the Berlinale

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Out Stealing Horses by Hans Petter Moland, starring Stellan Skarsgård and Bjørn Floberg. Photo: 4 1/2 Fiksjon   Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s latest feature will have its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival Norwegian dire...
 

Fantastic New Titles Debut at EFM

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FANTASTIC FILMS INTERNATIONAL invites you to email us for a meeting at EFM.  Let us know your preferred date and time (February 7 - 11), so we can introduce you to our Fantastic NEW titles.  We will be introducing a number of exciting, new titles including: THE TREASURE OF THE CHINESE SEAS, an action adventure feature similar to "Pirates of the Caribbean". Our EFM location is: MARTIN GROPIUS BAU, booth #132,     ...
 

DEVILWORKS EFM Berlin Line up

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DEVILWORKS will be attending EFM from 7th-13th February 2019! Website: http://devilworks.eu EFM Office: Suite 248 / Marriott Hotel  ...
 

BARACOA - World Premiere at 69th Berlinale

 
BARACOA is an excursion into the world of a childhood friendship in a Cuban village, where Leonel contemplates change as his older friend Antuán moves to the city. The first feature-length film of Pablo Briones, co-directed with The Moving Picture Boys, will celebrate its world premiere at the section Generation Kplus of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.    Directors: Pablo Briones and The Moving Picture Boys Switzerland / USA / Spain, 2018, 90 Min. Origi...
 

Beyond The Night, Sex Weather, She's Just A Shadow | New Titles @ EFM from Breaking Glass Pictures  

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BEYOND THE NIGHT  Mystery, Crime, Drama   Synopsis: When a soldier's son reveals damning information about a local gangster's missing daughter, a war of attrition wreaks havoc on their forgotten coal mining to...
 

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Selection for Competition and Berlinale Special Completed

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The programmes for the Competition and Berlinale Special sections at the 69th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival have been finalised. pictured film Zhang Yi. Yi miao zhong (One Second) by Zang Yimou. Photo: © Huanxi Media Group https://www.berlinale.de/media/images/download/Yi_miao_zhong.jpg In the Competition, 17 of a total of 23 selected films will be vying for the Golden Bear and Silver Bears. All in all, 25 different countries were involved in the making of the ...
 
 

Food and Film, a Taste for Balance at Berlinale with The 13th Culinary Cinema:

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  The 13th Culinary Cinema will be held under the motto “A Taste for Balance” from February 10 to 15, 2019. Ten documentaries and two fiction films focussing on the relationship between food, culture, and politics are being presented this year.   In this edition of Culinary Cinema, the topic of “balance” comes up in all the films. “Keeping taste in balance is not just a good idea for a healthy diet, but also a recipe for maintaining democracy,” ...
 

NATIVe: Female Directors and Protagonists From the Pacific Region Feature Prominently in 2019 Programme

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  In 2019, NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema is screening 16 short and feature-length fiction and documentary films from the Pacific region. Characteristic of the programme is the presence of women on both sides of the camera: the special series’ opening film Vai alone features the collaborative efforts of a group of eight female filmmakers. Pictured: Vai by Becs Arahanga, Amberley Jo Aumua, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Mīria George, ‘Ofa-Ki-...
 

“Co-Pro Series” 2019: Ten New International Series Projects Look to Team Up With International Partners

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On February 12 and 13, the Berlinale Co-Production Market is inviting producers, programming directors, distributors and other series financiers to the fifth annual edition of the exclusive pitch event “Co-Pro Series”, which is taking place in the scope of “Drama Series Days” 2019 (February 11-13) at Berlin’s Zoo Palast cinema. In previous editions, “Co-Pro Series” has hosted budding German series that have gone on to success, such as Babylon Berl...

Berlinale Shorts: Programme Complete for 2019

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Entropia director: Flóra Anna Buda.  Photo: © Flóra Anna Buda   At the 2019 edition of Berlinale Shorts, 24 films from 17 countries will be competing for the Golden and Silver Bear, the Audi Short Film Award, endowed with 20,000 euros, and a nomination as “Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards 2019”.   This year’s competition includes works by Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Martín Rejtma...
 

Agnès Varda, Agnieszka Holland, Hans Petter Moland, Isabel Coixe join Competition and Berlinale Special 2019

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Natalia de Molina, Greta Fernández. Elisa y Marcela (Elisa & Marcela). Regie/director: Isabel Coixet. Foto/photo: © Netflix James Norton. Mr. Jones. Regie/director: Agnieszka Holland. Foto/photo: © Robert Palka / Film Produkcja Juliette Binoche Celle que vous croyez (Who You Think I Am). Regie/director: Safy Nebbou. Foto/photo: © Diaphana Films     Competition and Berlinale Special: Agnès Varda, Agnieszka Holland, Hans Petter Moland, Isabel...
 

Topics, Dates and New Partners for the Berlin Critics’ Week 2019

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      In its fifth edition, the Berlin Critics’ Week continues its commitment to bringing together criticism and programming. Together with artists, filmmakers and critics, we want to explore cinema’s potential for resistance when people and identities threaten to disappear, debate the relationship between privilege and artistic invention, and argue over the relationship between feminism and...

Berlinale Talents 2019 - Sustainably Good: The 250 Participants

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  Sustainably Good: These Are the 250 Participants Make a statement, take a position: From February 9 to 14, 2019, 250 up-and-coming film professionals from 77 countries will gather at Berlinale Talents to share ideas, network, and further develop their latest projects. This year’s group of 141 women and 109 men is socially, culturally, and artistically extremely diverse. International distributors such as Talita Arruda from Brazil, who represents the 2018 TEDDY AWARD winner T...
 

Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2019: Coming of Age

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    Perspektive Deutsches Kino is coming of age. For the past 18 years, the Berlinale has dedicated itself with this section to supporting promising German filmmakers and talents who are self-confidently searching for their own form of artistic expression.   “It was a good idea when I took office 18 years ago to devote a new section of the Berlinale called Perspektive Deutsches Kino to a young generation of German filmmakers. This commitment to German cinema was first ...
 
 

Berlinale Shorts Introduces the 2019 International Short Film Jury:

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Jeffrey Bowers, Vanja Kaludjercic und Koyo Kouoh   Senior Curator and Vimeo programmer from the USA, Jeffrey Bowers; MUBI’s Director of Acquisitions, Vanja Kaludjercic from Croatia; and Koyo Kouoh, founding artistic director of RAW Material Company from Senegal, make up the International Short Film Jury in 2019. They will award the Golden and the Silver Bear as well as the Audi Short Film Award. In addition, they will nominate the Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film ...
 

The 14th Forum Expanded is moving to a new location: The silent green Kulturquar

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The 14th Forum Expanded: New spaces, more time The Fine Thread of Deviation. Installation von/by: Evan Calder Williams, Anne Low. Foto/photo: © Evan Calder Williams, Anne Low The 14th Forum Expanded is moving to a new location: The silent green Kulturquartier will open a new Berlin exhibition venue and the Forum Expanded group exhibition, which has been taking place annually since 2006, will be the inaugural event. The 1600 square meter Betonhalle on the grounds of the former Weddi...
 

“Easy Love Is No Easy Love”— Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2019 to Open With easy love By Tamer Jandali

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Miriam Urbanzke, Sönke Andersen.  easy love. Regie/director: Tamer Jandali. Foto/photo: © Janis Mazuch The first six films have now been invited to participate in Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2019. And this time everything revolves around love: love of another person, love of a special place, love of the cinema, love of one’s faith, and love of life. “The different ways in which love plays out provide a powerful portrait of the current generation of 25 to 45-year-o...
 

Generation 2019: Hell-bent Women – On Both Sides of the Camera

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  Émilie Bierre. Une colonie (A Colony). Regie/director: Geneviève Dulude-De Celles. Foto/photo: © Danny Taillon https://www.berlinale.de/media/images/download/Une_colonie_Emilie_Bierre_credit_Danny_Taillon.jpg    A Preview of the First Programme Selections   In the run-up to the 42nd edition of Generation, so far 16 feature-length films from a total of 16 production and co-production countries have been invited to screen in the section’s two co...
 

Berlinale Poster 2019 the bear is out again

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When the Berlin International Film Festival takes place from February 7 to 17, 2019, Berlin will again be under the sign of the bear.   After years of mystery, the current series of motifs will reveal the secret behind the Berlinale’s heraldic animal. According to Festival Director Dieter Kosslick, “The individuals you’ll see emerging from the bears’ fuzzy fur epitomise for us all those who have made the Berlinale the biggest audience film festival in the...
 

First Half of the Programme for Panorama 2019 Complete:

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Joanna Hogg, Jenna Bass, Jonah Hill, Syllas Tzoumerkas, PJ Harvey and Tilda Swinton Among the Highlights   Section head Paz Lázaro and co-curator and programme manager Michael Stütz are delighted to announce the first 22 titles of the 2019 Panorama programme. 17 feature and five documentary films, representing a total of 21 production countries, have already been invited to screen at the festival. 14 of the films will be celebrating world premieres in Panorama. Nine of the ...
 

European Film Market (EFM) Already Fully Booked for 2019 Edition

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An Established Forum for Innovation and Transformation: European Film Market (EFM) Already Fully Booked for 2019 Edition The European Film Market (EFM) of the 69th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival is scheduled to take place from February 7 to 15, 2019. As one of the most important film markets on the international scene, the EFM will once again be opening its doors to trade guests from around the world – all of the exhibition spaces at Berlin’s Gropius Bau an...
 

Homage and Honorary Golden Bear for Charlotte Rampling

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  The 69th Berlin International Film Festival will award the Honorary Golden Bear to British film and stage actress Charlotte Rampling for her lifetime achievement, as well as dedicating the Homage to a selection of her films.   On February 14, 2019, in conjunction with the award ceremony for the Honorary Golden Bear, the festival will be showing Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter, Italy, 1974), directed by Liliana Cavani.   Charlotte Rampling’s body of work compr...
 

Berlinale Special welcomes the regulars François Ozon, Fatih Akin...

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Berlinale 2019: François Ozon, Marie Kreutzer, Denis Côté, Fatih Akin, Angela Schanelec, and Emin Alper in the Competition / Heinrich Breloer, Zoya Akhtar, and Charles Ferguson in the Berlinale Special   The first nine films have been selected for the Competition and the Berlinale Special of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.   Alongside the previously announced opening film, The Kindness of Strangers by Lone Scherfig, six productions and co-productio...
 

Berlinale Spotlight: Shorts

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  In November and December 2018, Berlinale short films will be travelling to India for the sixth year running. For many years now, the Berlinale has extended its presence beyond the festival season with specially curated programmes. These activities are known as Berlinale Spotlight.   Berlinale Spotlight: Shorts will present a total of four short film programmes made up of outstanding films from the Berlinale sections Berlinale Shorts and Generation, selected by Maike Mia Höh...
 

Anniversary Programme Panorama 40 : A Reflection On the Spirit of the Programme

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  2019 marks the 40th edition of the Panorama section of the Berlinale. Since its initiation in 1980 under the title Info-Schau, the section has presented films intended to inspire and provoke, and to challenge the audience’s viewing and thinking habits. The film selection is simultaneously an offering and a call to look at cinema differently. On the occasion of the section’s 40th anniversary, Panorama presents a special programme from its 40-year history.   “The...
 

Berlinale Classics — First Films Announced, Directed by Dominik Graf, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Márta Mészáros

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Cay Kristiansen, Birgitte Federspiel, Henrik Malberg. Ordet (Das Wort / The Word). Regie/director: Carl Theodor Dreyer. Quelle/source: Danish Film Institute The Berlinale Classics section of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival will present six premieres of digitally restored films. Three of those classics have already been chosen. They are Dominik Graf’s Die Sieger (The Invincibles, GER 1994), the Danish film Ordet (The Word, DEN 1955) directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, and Ö...
 

Juliette Binoche Will Head the 2019 Berlinale International Jury

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The French actress and Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche will serve as president of the International Jury at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.   “I’m very pleased that Juliette is president of the 2019 International Jury. The festival shares a strong connection with her, and I’m very happy that she’ll be returning to the festival in this distinguished position,” says Dieter Kosslick, Director of the Berlinale.   “Thank you for t...
 

The 10 best up-and-coming actors from Europe selected for Shooting Stars in Berlin

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  Ireland AISLING FRANCIOSI Sweden ARDALAN ESMAILI FYR of Macedonia BLAGOJ VESELINOV Poland DAWID OGRODNIK Denmark ELLIOTT CROSSET HOVE Germany EMMA DROGUNOVA Norway INE MARIE WILMANN Iceland KRISTIN THORA HARALDSDóTTIR Serbia MILAN MARIC Estonia REA LEST now in its 22nd year – will present ten of the best up-and-coming acting talents from Europe who are deemed ready to step...
 

The Kindness of Strangers by Lone Scherfig will open the 69th Berlinale

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The 69th Berlin International Film Festival will open on February 7, 2019 with the world premiere of Lone Scherfig’s newest film The Kindness of Strangers.   The English-language Denmark-Canada co-production with Sweden, France and Germany was filmed in Toronto, Copenhagen and New York. The Kindness of Strangers is a contemporary drama following a disparate ensemble of characters, all in their own way struggling to survive in a New York City winter, who find laughter, love and kin...
 

Berlinale Talents: No Talent’s Perfect

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  How to fail better: In its 17th year, Berlinale Talents is looking for mistakes. From February 9 to 14, 2019, altogether 250 Talents, about 130 experts and mentors, and the Berlin audience will report on situations in which they stumbled in their creative process and had to take paths that were different from the ones originally intended. The aim is not only to talk about how to deal productively with minor mistakes and major catastrophes. The approximately 100 workshops, talks, and fi...
 

Retrospective 2019 – “Self-determined. Perspectives of women filmmakers”

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Peppermint Frieden, Regie/director: Marianne Rosenbaum, BRD/FRG, 1983. Saskia Tyroller Quelle: Deutsche Kinemathek The Retrospective of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival takes as its subject women filmmakers between 1968 and 1999. The programme encompasses 26 narrative and documentary features from the former East and West Germany, as well as German films after re-unification in 1990. In addition, the Retrospective will show some 20 shorter films on their own, or as lead-ins to the ...
 

Berlinale Spotlight: World Cinema Fund at the “Around the World in 14 Films” Festival

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  For many years now, the Berlinale has extended its presence beyond the festival season with specially curated programmes. These activities are known as Berlinale Spotlight. On November 25, the World Cinema Fund (WCF) - the Berlinale’s funding initiative - will be a guest at Berlin’s “Around the World in 14 Films” festival.   “I’m delighted about collaborating with ‘Around the World in 14 Films’, which, like us, is dedicated to worl...
 

Berlinale 2019: Series at the Zoo Palast: The Collaboration Continues

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  After successfully bringing together the Berlinale Series programme and the EFM industry event “Drama Series Days” at the Zoo Palast in 2018, preparations are now underway for 2019.   Since 2015, the Berlin International Film Festival has made serial formats a focus of its programme. At the same time, with “Drama Series Days”, a popular market platform for representatives of the industry has been established at the European Film Market (EFM). In 2018, the...
 

Dieter Kosslick Honoured With Special Medallion in Telluride

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  Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick was honoured with the Special Medallion on September 2, 2018 at the 45th Telluride Film Festival. The well-known US film festival annually bestows the award on “a hero of cinema - an organization or individual - that preserves, honors and presents great movies”. Past recipients include the Criterion Collection, HBO, Ted Turner, Stanley Kauffmann, Manny Farber, Pierre Rissient, Leonard Maltin, Serge Bromberg and the UCLA Film & Televisi...
 
 

Dieter Kosslick has been the First Recipient of Force-of-Nature Filmmaking Award

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  In 2018 the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab in Jerusalem — a programme to promote filmmakers’ projects launched by the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in 2011 — is presenting the Force-of-Nature Filmmaking Award for the first time. This annual award is conceived to honour extraordinary personalities committed to the development of world cinema.   Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick was its very first recipient. He will be presented with the Force-of-...

 

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