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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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First three days at Berlin: one line summaries

Alex Deleon in the Situation Room Films seen so far up to Sunday Feb.  12         1. Django: Marvelous!       2. in Dismal study of two deplorable families with killer kids. Strictly From hunger.       3. Body and Soul: Not bad dreamy Hungarian entry.       4. Fassbinder's World on a Wire: Prequel to The Matrix. but way  better without Keanu.     &nb...

BERLIN 2017, Day 3' Films in Exotic Languages, Lingala and Samoan

  Akex Dekron <>   Samoan Director Tusi Tamasese was on ZOO Palace stage to introduce his Samoan language film "One Thousand Ropes"   Day number 2 at Berlin was marled by two films in languages hardle ever heard on cinema screen, The Lingala language from Congo and The Polynesian language, Samoan, from New Zealand. To take the second first, this is probably the first time the Samoan language has been heard in a feature film. (for the no...

Django at Berlin: The real McCoy!

Actor Reda Kateb brings jazz legend Django Reinhardt back to life in "Django", the film.  by Alex Deleon <>   World Premier viewed at Berlin film festival, Feb. 9, 2017.  Django Reinhardt was a most brilliant pioneer of European jazz and the father of Gypsy Swing. The film "Django" portrays one chapter in the musician's eventful life, a gripping tale of survival, constant danger, flight and the atrocities committed against his ...

Avant Premiere opening with Ravel and 8K

Arild Erikstad IMZ President welcome guests at Nordisc   Katharina Jeschke and Ruth Pfletschinger IMZ Directors Yukinori Kida executive director nhk introduced 8K, 4 sample demos left the audiencce astonished by the immersive quality, 3D like. The process delivers 16 times more pixel than HD. Further screenings will be held at Nordisc Screening of Ravel by Cherkaoui and Verbruggen. And yes there is a big focus on VR ...

Pokot by Agnieszka Holland | Press Conference Video Highlights | Berlinale

Agnieszka Holland (Director, Screenwriter) Olga Tokarczuk (Author)  Agnieszka Mandat (Actress) Wiktor Zborowski (Actor) Miroslav Krobot (Actor) Jakub Gierszał (Actor)  Patricia Volny (Actress)  Borys Szyc (Actor)  Krzysztof Zanussi (Producer) Moderation: Nikolaj Nikitin Full version:   Retired civil engineer Duszejko lives a secluded life in a mountain village close to the border between P...

The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov | Panel Discussion during Berlinale 2017 with EFA chairwoman

Agnieszka Holland (Director chairwoman of EFA) Askold Kurov (Director) Mike Downey (Producer) Dimitri Dintze (Lawyer of Oleg Sentsov) Natalya Kaplan (Cousin of Oleg Sentsov Translator: Sylvia Schreiber ...

Film Mode Entertainment Announces Berlin World Market Premiere of LITTLE PINK HOUSE

Starring An Impressive Female-Led Cast Including Oscar-Nominee Catherine Keener, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Callum Keith Rennie     Inspiring true story, based on the best selling book of the same name by Jeff Benedict, about a small-town nurse who rallies her neighbors to stand up to the huge corporation that wants to destroy their homes, screens in Berlin    “Keener nails the combination of anger, grace and attitude that made Susette Kelo a nationally k...

Teenage fantasy/comedy "Sugar Skull Girls" is here!

    Teenage fantasy/horror/comedy "Sugar Skull Girls" captures attention immediately with its high quality and perfect balance of comedy and fantasy - entertainment guaranteed for you and your territory! Read more and see the trailer below!    Three demonic sisters who resemble neo-goth voodoo dolls are accidentally conjured from the other side during a failed attempt to raise a little girl from the dead. With impeccable fashion sense and t...

Meeting with Bruno Chatelin in Berlin is represented in Berlin by his founder Bruno Chatelin and team. Let's meet Let me know by return if you want to sit over coffee to discuss promoting your festival to our audience. Share press release on your festival ASAP so we can include your news in our dailies on Berlinale (circulated to 125 000 subscribers worldwide and berlin EFM attendees) We would be happy to offer you some visibility and promotion and hope in return you can offer some waivers to the f...

Stanley Tucci and cast talk The Final Portrait

  by Martin I. Petrov   Many years after his last film and having starred in numerous other titles, Stanley Tucci returns behind the camera with Final Portrait, a period biopic drama that follows the last few years of the life of Swiss-Italian painter Alberto Giacometti. Geoffrey Rush stars as the famous painter alongside Clémence Poésy as his prostitute mistress and Armie Hammer as an American writer who becomes Giacometti’s obsession for the perfect portrait...

Morena Baccarin to voice Corkie in ELLIOT THE LITTLEST REINDEER.

 "I really enjoyed the story. The idea that with enough perseverance and team  spirit you can change the expected and surpass the norm... And it's always a plus to be in something your kids can watch!" - Morena Baccarin. Jason Moring, DDI CEO, announced today that Awesometown Entertainment has completed casting for their latest animated film ELLIOT THE LITTLEST REINDEER. Morena Baccarin plays Corkie, the intrepid journalist who is determined to get the scoop on Sa...

Focus on Berlinale and EFM Feb 12

Wishing you all much success in Berlin! Read this online     FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:                   Advertise in our Berlin Newsletters from 200€ email us for a quote Animaze wants your animation Let us meet up in Berlin August 17th - 20st, 2017 To unite and converge animation film, gaming, digital arts and related industries in the...

Brainstorming with Vision Films on Evil Within and the Unwilling

Sisi Cronin (left) is in charge of publicity PR and marketing, with Lise Romanoff (right) who runs Vision Films (Managing Director - CEO Worldwide Distribution)  Both are planning a VIP festival treatment with for both thriller horror movies Evil Within from late Andrew Getty grandson of oil Tycoon Paul Getty and the Unwilling directed by Oscar nominated Jonathan Heap ...

Brainstorming for The Venice Film Market, with Pascal Diot

Pascal Diot is the Director of the Venice Film Market and has extensive experience in co-productions, distribution and international sales, as well as management of cinema markets. The  Venice Production Bridge will focus in particular on the presentation and exchange of original projects for films and works in progress, so as to foster their development and production.   Venice Film Market, which since its very first edition has served as a&nb...

Volker Schlöndorff returns to Berlin in competition 'Return to Montauk'

Max Zorn, a writer in his early sixties, travels to New York to launch his new book. His wife Clara is expecting him; she has been working on the book’s publication for the American publisher. Zorn’s very personal novel tells the story of a great but failed love affair. Max soon meets the woman who was the target of his affections at the time, German-born Rebecca, now a successful lawyer in New York. The pair return to Montauk for one winter weekend in this small coastal tow...

Media Salles released the New statistics on cinemagoing in Europe in 2016 during their traditional cocktail ceremony

In keeping with tradition, MEDIA Salles once again attended the Berlinale, where AN ANTICIPATION OF THE TRENDS IN CINEMAGOING in Europe in 2016 was presented, together with the NEW EDITION OF DIGITALK. The event was be held on 11 February at 1 p.m at Oxymoron café. during the meeting devoted to quality cinema in Europe, jointly organised by MEDIA Salles, Ag Kino and Cicae. During the event Volker Schlöndorff was awarded with an honorray card from CICAE President Bruno Chatelin W...

Amman Abbasi on his film "Dayveon" at the Berlinale 2017.

“Don’t tell Kim” is key to understanding Dayveon’s inner conflict. His older sister isn’t supposed to find out about the dodgy goings-on the thirteen-year-old has got himself caught up in; he only confides in her boyfriend, Bryan. Bryan has offered himself to Dayveon as a kind of substitute for his brother, whose death was linked to his gang membership. And now Dayveon and his best friend Brayden have themselves joined the Bloods. Amman Abbasi has worke...

Félicité | Press Conference Video Highlights | Berlinale 2017

Alain Gomis (Director, Screenwriter) Véro Tshanda Beya (Actress) Gaetan Claudia (Actor) Papi Mpaka (Actor) Arnaud Dommerc (Producer)  Oumar Sall (Producer)  Moderation: Vincenzo Bugno Full version: Félicité is a proud and independent woman who works as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. Whenever she goes on stage, she appears to leave the world and her everyday worries behind. Her audiences are quickly infected by...

Final Portrait | Press Conference Video Highlights | Berlinale 2017

Stanley Tucci (Director, Screenwriter) Clémence Poésy (Actress) Armie Hammer (Actor)  Moderation: Jenni Zylka Paris in 1964. Alberto Giacometti is the one who decides when it is time for work, drink, doubt, destruction, flirtation or laughter in his studio. An established artist whose works fetch record prices, he hides his earnings in his studio. This is just one of the causes of many an argument with his wife Annette, another being the fact that his mistress ...

Anya Taylor-Joy in talks to join Kristin Scott Thomas’ directorial debut THE SEA CHANGE

·       Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) is in talks to join Academy Award Nominee Kristin Scott Thomas’ directorial debut, The Sea Change, a romantic drama which is based on Elizabeth Jane Howard’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name. Scott Thomas will star alongside Mark Strong who is in talks to join.   ·       Rocket Science is handling world sales and introduced the film in Berlin this w...

Protest for Arrested Director Oleg Sentsov

On the occasion of a screening of THE TRIAL - THE STATE OF RUSSIA VS. OLEG SENTSOV by Askold Kurov, Agnieszka Holland, Volker Schlöndorff, the European Film Academy, and Amnesty International have protested against the incarceration of the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov  Presented by the Berlinale and the European film Academy as part of the Berlinale Special section, the Berlinale premiere had filmmakers team up with with the 650 ...


  Virtual Reality, 8K and Asia focus at the largest trade show for the performing arts TV industry: Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin welcomes international experts and stars from 11 – 15 February 2017 in Berlin It is the largest annual coproduction market for the international performing arts TV and media industry: Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin connects around 400 experts in film production, distribution and broadcasting, as well as...

"First String" - a family friendly story of love, science and music

"First String" - a family friendly story of love, science and music   First String  Drama, family, music In a dramatic saga of family, love, science and music, a creative 14 year-old cello player, Aleksandrya 'Aleks' Landis, competing for the Gold Pin award and a guest student chair in a symphony, faces obstacles from an oppressive teacher, more competent string players, and her own skeptical family.    ...

Dave Bautista Joins The Ink Factory's Hotel Artemis, Lionsgate Introduced During Berlin

The Ink Factory, a multi-platform production company dedicated to high-end story telling through film, television and on digital, today announced that Dave Bautista (Spectre, Guardians of the Galaxy) will join Academy Award winnerJodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs, The Accused) in Drew Pearce’s (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Iron Man 3) much-anticipated directorial debut Hotel Artemis. Lionsgate launched international sales on the Ink Factory financed and produced...



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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...
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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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