Pro Tools
•Register a festival or a film
Submit film to festivals Promote for free or with Promo Packages

FILMFESTIVALS | 24/7 world wide coverage

Welcome !

Enjoy the best of both worlds: Film & Festival News, exploring the best of the film festivals community.  

Launched in 1995, relentlessly connecting films to festivals, documenting and promoting festivals worldwide.

A brand new website will soon be available. Covid-19 is not helping, stay safe meanwhile.

For collaboration, editorial contributions, or publicity, please send us an email here

User login


RSS Feeds 

Martin Scorsese Masterclass in Cannes services and offers



The 72nd Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 10 to 17, 2022 under the motto "It all (re)starts here".
Our team of festival ambassadors and reporters brings 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   PHOTOS

#berlinale I Berlinale 2021Berlinale 2020Berlinale 2019 I  Berlinale 2018Berlinale 2017 coverage I Berlinale  2016 I Berlinale 2015 I  Berlinale 2014 I 


Xaver Böhm on O Beautiful Night: Interview at Berlinale 2019

Xaver Böhm is a Berlin based filmmaker. O Beautiful Night, a dark and poetic interpretation of one's fear of death, is his first feature film and it premiered at the Panorama section at the 69th Berlinale, February 7-17 2019. 



How did you get the idea to do a film about being afraid of dying? 


The fear of dying has always been very present in my life and I wanted to make an honest film, something very personal. 

Also, growing up somehow takes the magic away, everything becomes a routine and becomes less fascinating. So I wanted to explore again that feeling of finding the magic again, and that place for me is at night, when things are more unpredictable and in essence, mysterious. 


You’re make the reference to youth. I guess the urge of being out at night and exploring it also goes away with age, the same way it comes with teenage-hood. 

Also, relationship with the night might be quite a cultural experience. Did you think about that at all? 


I wanted to make a film about things I knew well. I grew up and have always lived in Germany so I was reflecting on memories I had. I shot entirely in Berlin and I like the city at night very much. But essentially we avoided the landmarks in order to make the film more universal, like a fairytale. 


In terms of the story, you use a lot of symbols. Was this something you thought of throughout the writing process? 


I actually started thinking of symbols after we shot the film. I selected items and an extra layer that just had an emotional meaning to me. I looked up the meanings of things like the raven and the flower you see in the film as recurring symbols and they all seemed to make sense. 


Do you think younger generations are less afraid of death than older? 


I think the more time you have to think about stuff different than everyday worries like paying rent and bills, going to work etc., the more you get obsessed with it. But for me it has always been a more heightened feeling I think. The world is also becoming more political today so many people are focusing on issues that affect them on daily basis. 


How did you develop your characters in the writing process and during production? 


I realised I didn’t want to know much about them and their background. Didn’t really matter, to be honest. It’s like when you’re on a night out and you meet someone, you focus on having fun and having small chat, you don’t really think about their past or background. 



Can love beat death? 


I didn’t mean to have this as an ending message in the film. But I do think that love and even more sexuality and death are equally mysterious. The one we focus on more I guess, love is always there, and death we try to push out of our heads until it’s there. 


The soundtrack and the colours which are very representative of the night and possibly a night club. How did you approach both? 


I think people go to night clubs to create larger than life experiences. That’s what I was going for with the film. 

In terms of the soundtrack, the first two rough cuts had no music at all. But I have always made music, so I thought it should be there and we worked 5-6 months on it. 


What’s next for you? 


I need to recover, it’s been quite a journey. But doing this film brought to the surface the research on sexual identity and intimacy which are themes that I want to explore further. 



The Bulletin Board

> The Bulletin Board Blog
> Partner festivals calling now
> Call for Entry Channel
> Film Showcase
 The Best for Fests

Meet our Fest Partners 

Following News

Interview for Roger Corman documentary The Pope of Pop Cinema

With Roger Corman, Myriam Brough and Bertrand Tessier

Interview with AFM Director


Interview with Cannes Marche du Film Director


Interview Red Carpet King Richard Will SMITH dailies live coverage from

> Live from India 
> Live from LA
Beyond Borders
> Locarno
> Toronto
> Venice
> San Sebastian

> Tallinn Black Nights 
> Red Sea International Film Festival

> Palm Springs Film Festival
> Kustendorf
> Rotterdam
> Sundance
Santa Barbara Film Festival SBIFF
> Berlin / EFM 
> Fantasporto
Houston WorldFest 
Cannes / Marche du Film 



Useful links for the indies:

Big files transfer
> Celebrities / Headlines / News / Gossip
> Clients References
> Crowd Funding
> Deals

> Festivals Trailers Park
> Film Commissions 
> Film Schools
> Financing
> Independent Filmmaking
> Motion Picture Companies and Studios
> Movie Sites
> Movie Theatre Programs
> Music/Soundtracks 
> Posters and Collectibles
> Professional Resources
> Screenwriting
> Search Engines
> Self Distribution
> Search sites – Entertainment
> Short film
> Streaming Solutions
> Submit to festivals
> Videos, DVDs
> Web Magazines and TV


> Other resources

+ SUBSCRIBE to the weekly Newsletter
+ Connecting film to fest: Marketing & Promotion
Special offers and discounts
Festival Waiver service

User images

About Berlin

Chatelin Bruno

Berlin 2019: The dailies from the Berlin Film Festival brought to you by our team of festival ambassadors. Vanessa McMahon, Alex Deleon, Laurie Gordon, Lindsay Bellinger and Bruno Chatelin...
Ambiance, film reviews, trailers and podcasts, EFM insider information, and much more.
Feel free to leave us your comments and share the blogs with more fans from the festivals scene.




View my profile
Send me a message