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Reporting from Berlin on the 68th edition February 15 -25, 2018
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.

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Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs to Open the 68th Berlinale, his 4th time with a film in Berlin

  The 68th Berlin International Film Festival will open at the Berlinale Palast on February 15, 2018 with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s animated film Isle of Dogs. Anderson has previously presented three films in the Berlinale Competition: The Royal Tenenbaums (2002), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2005), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) which opened the 64th Berlin International Film Festival and won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize. “I’m most delighte...

Berlinale Talents 2018 Is Sharing Secrets

Berlinale Talents 2018 delves into the hidden worlds of film. With the theme “Secrets”, the 16th edition of the Berlinale’s networking platform focuses on the messages behind cinematic stories and images, and on unexplored paths into the film business. 250 international Talents and over 100 experts, mentors and Berlinale guests reveal their secrets of success and address the increasingly urgent social and political issues of how we share, disclose and protect knowled...

Retrospective 2018 – “Weimar Cinema Revisited”

  The Retrospective of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival will focus on the great variety of cinema in the Weimar era. Some one hundred years ago, at the end of World War I and the dawn of the Weimar Republic, one of the most productive and influential phases in German filmmaking began unfolding, a creative era that went on to shape international perception of the country’s film culture, even to the present day. For “Weimar Cinema Revisited”, the festival will ...

Berlinale World Cinema Fund: Latest Funding Recommendations

  At the 27th jury session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF), the juries recommended contributing to the funding of 10 film projects. Six films from Chile, Argentina, Vietnam, Brazil and Paraguay have been nominated for production funding. In the additional WCF Europe funding programme, the jury has recommended funding the production of a project from Morocco. In the special programme WCF Africa, they have recommended funding a Sudanese project. Two films have received recommendations for...

Improvements at the 2018 European Film Market:

EFM expands the programme in 2018 “DocSalon” is the new meeting point for the documentary film trade   The European Film Market (EFM), hosting more than 9,000 participants annually and serving as the focal point of the film trade during the Berlinale, is improving its attractions for producers.   The “EFM Producers Hub” - an initiative tailored to the needs of producers at the EFM and providing producers with free consultations on financing and distribu...

German Director Tom Tykwer to Head Up the Jury for the 2018 Berlinale

Tom Tykwer       © Joachim Gern German director, screenwriter, film composer, and producer Tom Tykwer will serve as jury president of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. “Tom Tykwer is one of the highest-profile German directors and has established himself on the international stage as a great filmmaker. His outstanding talent and innovative trademark have been on display in a variety of film genres. We have gained a superb jury president in ...

All serial formats at the Berlinale to be presented at Zoo Palast in 2018

The Berlinale Special Seriesprogramme, highly successful since its introduction three years ago, will run under the new name Berlinale Series and move to the new venue Zoo Palast for the 2018 festival. In 2015 the Berlinale was the first A-festival worldwide to create an individual special programme for series within the official programme. In doing so, the Berlin International Film Festival started a new trend and gave the high-quality serial narrative format a prominent platf...

Berlinale: Wieland Speck Hands Over His Position as Head of Panorama to Paz Lázaro

    Wieland Speck, Paz Lázaro, Michael Stütz, Andreas Struck   Wieland Speck, until now head of the Berlinale’s Panorama section, will in the future be contributing his extensive range of expertise on film to the Berlinale as Consultant of the Official Programme. Starting in 1982, Wieland Speck joined forces with Manfred Salzgeber to build up Panorama (an autonomous section as of 1980, known as “Info-Schau” until 1985) and made its p...

Berlinale World Cinema Fund: New Funding Nominations

Berlinale World Cinema Fund: New Funding Nominations - artistically, structurally and geographically diverse   At the 26th jury session of the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund (WCF), the juries recommended contributing to the funding of 13 film projects. Five film projects from Bangladesh, Palestine, Brazil, Afghanistan and Uruguay were nominated for production funding. In the additional WCF Europe funding programme, four projects from Tunisia, Brazil, Argentina and Egypt were no...

Focus on Canada at coming EFM 2018

from left to right: Michel Pradier (Director Project Financing, Telefilm Canada), Marielle Poupelin (Director International Promotion, Telefilm Canada), EFM President Beki Probst, Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick and EFM Director Matthijs Wouter Knol at the signing of the contract © Loïc Thébaud In 2018, Canada will be the next “Country in Focus” at the European Film Market (EFM) of the Berlin International Film Festival. The EFM’s “Country in Foc...

Avant Premiere Music and Media Market in Berlin 2017

Avant Première is the largest international trade fair for cultural TV and presents latest film productions for worldwide transmission.  Avant Première: before the TV premiere. 2017 included a Virtual Reality Focus for the arts, NHK's presentation of 8K Technology, Pitching Sessions to international broadcasters, Special Screenings, business networking formats and over 500 delegates from all over the world made this year's Avant Première another highlig...

Trends in Cinema attendance in the European Union 2007-2016

Cinema attendance in the European Union 2007-2016 provisional In millions; estimated; calculated on a pro-forma basis for the 28 EU member states On the occasion of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival the European Audiovisual Observatory releases its first estimates for European cinema attendance in 2016. Building on a strong 2015, the Observatory estimates that total admissions in the European Union continued to grow, increasing by 1.6% to 994 million tickets sold in 2016....

Berlinale 2017 entry documentary film Monsieur Mayonnaise -

    Filmmaker Philippe Mora recreates his family history through painting images of his family's survival during WWII    Berlin Film Review: 'Monsieur Mayonnaise' Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Culinary Cinema), Feb. 16, 2017  Running time: 97 MIN. Production (Documentary – Australia-Germany) An Antidote Films release (in Australia-New Zealand) of a Screen Australia presentation of a Yarra Bank Films, Black Sheep...

Review Lost City of Z produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B - a visual delight at Berlin

A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s, The Lost City of Z has great cinematography and a wonderfully crafted script.  A classic timeless film hands down. Producers Brad Pitt production company Plan B co-founded with  Brad Grey and Jennifer Aniston in 2001 has  become influential in supporting auteur-driven works. The Lost City of Z is a film based on a tr...

Volker Schlöndorff made honorary member of the International Art Cinemas Association

  Film director Volker Schlöndorff receives an honorary membership from the International Art Cinemas Association at Berlinale 2017       Berlin-based German filmmaker who has worked in Germany, France and the United States. He was a prominent member of the New German Cinema of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which also included Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Margarethe von Trotta and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.      ...

69th Berlin Film Festival/Overview

by Alex Deleon, <>     Looking back over the recently completed 69th installment of the Berlin Film Festival I must say it was one of the best in recent memory. The weather, as to be expected in February in Berlin, was bad -- freezing, then rainy --  but this is good for staying inside to watch films.  The social scene was as lively as ever, especially with the Golden Bear Lounge next to the press conference room to hop in and out of between screenin...

KAURISMĀKI'S THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE: A Laconic meditation on Islamic Immigration in Finland

BERLIN 2017, Getaway Day by Alex Deleon <>  Aki Kaurismäki center, flanked on either side by the two main actors of "The Other Side of Hope", Sherwan Haji and Sakari Kuosmanen, at the Berlin press conference for his latest film   Kaurismäki is not the kind of director's name that is likely to attract many customers to American cinemas but here in Germany his is a name to be reckoned with and any n...

Lies We Tell @ Berlinale - European Film Market

  Bradford International Film Associates recently attended the European Film Market, part of Berlinale 2017, with feature thriller, LIES WE TELL.  Starring Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, Louder Than Bombs), Harvey Keitel (Taxi Driver, Reservoir Dogs) and Sibylla Deen (Tyrant), the film tells the story of a trusted driver who must deal with his dead boss's Muslim mistress, her dark past pulling him into a life-and-death showdown with her notorious gangster cousin/ex-husband. ...

Django A modern musical genius finally gets his celluloid due!

Geda Ketab uncanny as Django Reinhardt     By Alex Deleon <> In the thirties forties and early fifties American jazz took Europe, especially France, by storm, and one of its foremost exponents was the legendary Belgian born Gypsy three fingered Hot jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.  A definitive film portrait of this remarkable modern day musical genius has been a long time coming but finally here it is in a remarkable film production with a remarkable...

Mama Colonel wins two prizes in Berlin


334,471 tickets were sold at 2017 Berlinale

Berlinale 2017 Comes to a Splendid Close   The 67th Berlin International Film Festival culminated with the presentation of the awards on Saturday, February 18 (see list of prize-winners).   Over eleven days, the Berlinale drew movie fans and the international film industry to cinemas and a large variety of events. Its reputation as the world’s biggest public festival was reconfirmed: a total of 334,471 tickets were sold. And with more than 7,000 visitors, the programme of t...

Berlinale 67th edition Winners revealed

The Berlinale 67th edition has come to an end and announced it's winners on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Hungarian film drama "On Body and Soul" by Ildikó Enyedi, received the Golden Bear for best film. The film is set in a slaughterhouse in Budapest, where two people Mária and slightly older boss Endre, discover the realm of emotions and physical desire, at first individually and then together. The members of the 2017 International Jury, led by Dutch director Pau...

Interview with Actor George Kosturos for 'American Wrestler: The Wizard' (2016)

  Palm Springs native George Kosturos is a talented acting force in the indie film world making a splash success as 'Ali' in the award-winning film 'American Wrestler: The Wizard' (2016) where he co-stars with legendary actors Jon Voight and William Fichtner. The film recounts the true story of wrestler Ali Afshar who escaped from Iran in the 1980's and moved to the US for a better life, only to be met with hostility by Americans due to the concurrent Iran ho...

Independent Jury | Awards Press Ceremony Video Highlights | Berlinale 2017

Berlin Short Film Nominee for the EFA Prizes of the Ecumenical Jury Prizes of the FIPRESCI Jury Amnesty International Film Prize Guild Film Prize CICAE Art Cinema Award Label Europa Cinemas Berliner Morgenpost Readers' Jury Award Tagesspiegel Readers' Jury Award Full version: ...



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February 2, 2016 Programme Press Conference at the "Federal Press and Information Office"; access with invitation only
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66th Berlin International Film Festival
February 21, 2016 Berlinale Publikumstag




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