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Reporting from Berlin on the 68th edition February 15 -25, 2018
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Panorama 2013: First Films and Programmes

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Now that scouting trips to find films for the Panorama have been concluded, viewings in Berlin are in full swing. “A third of the programme has already been selected,” reports Panorama director Wieland Speck. “Alongside works by European filmmakers, such as Lars Kraume and Felix van Groeningen, films from Asia – and especially from Korea – have made a deep impression. This is also true of works from Latin America, which is alone contributing four directorial debuts....

Homage and Honorary Golden Bear for Claude Lanzmann

French documentary filmmaker and producer Claude Lanzmann will be honoured with a Homage and awarded the Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. “Claude Lanzmann is one of the great documentarists. With his depictions of inhumanity and violence, of antisemitism and its consequences, he created a new kind of cinematic and ethical exploration. We feel honoured to honour him,” said Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick.   ...

High Demand for the European Film Market 2013: All Exhibition Space Fully Booked

  The European Film Market (EFM) of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival is off to a good start: all exhibition space at the Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Marriott Hotel at Potsdamer Platz is now fully booked. Due to the high demand, exhibition space was expanded in the first floor of the Marriott Hotel. The EFM (February 7 – 15, 2013) is the first meeting place of the year for the international film industry and one of the most important platforms for the sale and exhibition o...

A New Jury for the “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship”

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  Based on treatments that young and talented filmmakers had to submit by October 1, 2012, a three-member jury will pick the winner of the €15,000 fellowship. The jury has already been put together and includes three members who are closely associated with German cinema. All three want to actively support up-and-coming German filmmakers. Hans-Christian Schmid Author and director Hans-Christian Schmid has enriched the world of German and international cinema with a number of impressi...

This year’s Berlinale Retrospective is entitled “The Weimar Touch”

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Berlinale Retrospective 2013: “The Weimar Touch. The International Influence of Weimar Cinema after 1933”   This year’s Retrospective is entitled “The Weimar Touch” and is devoted to how cinema from the Weimar Republic influenced international filmmaking after 1933. It will focus on continuities, mutual effects and transformations in the films of German-speaking emigrants up into the 1950s.   Weimar cinema flourished not least because of the democr...

Berlinale goes Kiez

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  “Berlinale goes Kiez” pictures from previous years Since 2010, the Berlinale’s “Flying Red Carpet” has travelled from arthouse cinema to arthouse cinema on seven evenings during the Festival, visiting Berlin’s movie lovers in their neighbourhood cinemas. On each of these evenings, one Berlin arthouse cinema turns into an additional Festival venue and presents two selected films from the Berlinale programme. Just like...

Berlinale NATIVe – a journey into indigenous cinema

  Photo: www.markrogers.com.au Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson as Samson & Delilah (AUS 2009; directed by Warwick Thornton) The 2013 Berlinale will see the launch of a special series devoted to the cinematic story-telling of Indigenous peoples worldwide: “NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema.” The programme will introduce audiences to the milestones of Indigenous filmmaking and includes features, documentaries and short films. With the ...

30 filmmakers from the Talent Campus present their projects in the Berlin House of Representatives

30 international filmmakers from the Campus present their projects in the Berlin House of Representatives   At the Berlin House of Representatives—home amongst other events to the Co-Production Market and located across the street from the Martin-Gropius Building where the European Film Market is held—30 selected Campus filmmakers have the unique opportunity to present their projects to the festival public. In addition to participants busy advancing their feature film projec...

Berlinale to Honour Chris Marker by Screening Description d’un combat

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On September 23, 2012, the Berlin International Film Festival will honour documentary and experimental filmmaker Chris Marker, who passed away in late July, by screening his film Description d’un combat (Description of a Struggle). In this film, which received the Golden Bear for Best Documentary in 1961, Chris Marker took a personal look at the development of Israeli society and its identity twelve years after the state of Israel was founded. Chris Marker’s cinematic oeuvre co...

Wong Kar Wai (With a staggering 21 wins and 35 award nominations so far) will preside over the Jury of Berlinale 2013

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Chinese director Wong Kar Wai will be the Jury President of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. The director, who has won many international awards, is one of the most important representatives of world cinema. Wong Kar Wai’s unique and extraordinary style has inspired countless filmmakers and made him a cult figure of contemporary auteur cinema. Wong Kar Wai was born in Shanghai and grew up in Hong Kong. He made his directorial debut in 1988 with As Tears Go By. His...

Berlinale: European Film Market 2012 interview with its Director Beki Probst.

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            In 2012 the Berlinale had another successful edition as the largest audience oriented international film festival selling 299.362 tickets. Total professional accreditations came close to 20.000 including 3.800 members of the press. 402 films were featured in its public programs  and 760 at the European Film Market.  The festival continues to expand each year, yet over the last year the strongest growth has been experienced by the European Film market under the direct...

DIGITAL CINEMA @ Berlinale 2012 on 50 screens in the City

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The number of films screened in DCP (Digital Cinema Package) formats has risen significantly since last year’s Festival - especially at the European Film Market. The Berlinale 2012 presented a total of 659 screenings in DCP formats, as well as 627 in 35mm film and some 1,100 in diverse video formats.    For festivals worldwide – and the Berlinale in particular with its enormous programme - this development poses substantial technical, logistical and financial challenges. ...

Record Participation and a Flurry of Business at the European Film Market 2012

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The European Film Market 2012 (EFM), which took place from February 9-17 during the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, had its strongest year to date and was marked by a bustling atmosphere at the Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Marriott Hotel. This year, close to 8,000 participants from 100 countries attended the international trade fair for film and audiovisual content, a 15% increase to the previous year.  In addition to the high volume of participants, Exhibitors reported numer...

Interview with EFM's Beki Probst

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Beki Probst is the head of the EFM, European Film Market, for Berlinale since 1988. Before this position, she worked for the Berlinale as the film festival’s delegate for Turkey and Greece for seven years. Beki was born in Istanbul, Turkey where as a student she studied law and journalism and wrote for Turkish newspapers ‘Tercuman’ and ‘Hayat’. It was when she moved in Switzerland in 1960 that her career in cinema began where she managed the Probst-Kinobetriebe. ...

Controversial Persian film package is follow up to Berlin 62

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by Alex Deleon On the heels of the 2012 Berlinale, forming a kind of coda to the busy week preceding, four unusual pictures from Iran were presented in this extra special Persian package, one each evening starting Sunday, at the Babylon Theater in Rosa Luxemburg Square.  The Babylon located just west of Alexander Platz in what used to be Communist East Berlin, is one of the oldest movie theaters in Berlin and is now a protected architectural monument. It is also one of the regular Be...

Non-Bollywood Indian Film, "PRASAD" Preemed at Market in Berlin

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by Alex Deleon-Sinha Although little known ourtside of the Indian Sub-Continent itself there are several so-called "regional" film industries in India  each of which produces as many or more feature films a year in the regional languages as are produced in the Hindi mainstream industry of Bombay (Whence the brand name known to the world as "Bolly-wood"). Of course, Bombay has now been officially rechristened Mumbai, but this doesn't change anything cinematically ...

Camela Galano, former President of New Line International and Warner Bros. Acquisitions, launches new sales company

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  Slate Includes OPEN GRAVE from Atlas Independent and Academy Award ® Winner Julian Fellowes' ROMEO AND JULIET Camela Galano, the former President of New Line International and Warner Bros. International Film Acquisitions, announced today the formation of her new international sales company Speranza13 Media.  The new company, which specializes in international sales and financing launches with a slate including: Atlas Independent's OPEN GRAVE, directed by visionar...

Glamour, bears and stars at Berlinale 62

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International Jury Glamour, bears and great stars [...] International Short Film Jury The Bears in the Shorts section [...] Generation Crystal Bears for the best children's and youth films [...] Independent Juries Awards from audience, industry and film critics [...] Best First Feature Award © Daniël Bouquet The most important award fo...

Berlinale gallery: february 17, 2012

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Christoph Terhechte, Sacha Polak Silvina Landsmann Emin Alper Robert Pattinson Onlooker Christina Ricci Holliday Grainger Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod Christina Ricci, Robert Pattinson Holliday Grainger Robert Pattinson ...

Berlinale gallery: winners parade february 18, 2012

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Przemyslaw Wojcieszek Marten Persiel and the jury Mani Haghighi Atsushi Wada João Salaviza Boudewijn Koole, Rick Lens Ursula Meier Miguel Gomes Nikolai Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg Zhang Xiaoke, Anne Fleck Mikkel Boe Følsgaard ...

Prizes ar Berlin were very democratic

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by Alex Deleon Friday February  19, 2012   Berlin is known above all for its political and social commitment, or what the French Existentialists would call a Festival "Engagé". Esthetic purists sometimes question the Berlin prize decisions on artistic grounds but art is often of secondary importance in this ballpark where politics can also have to do with the pecking order in the upper echelons of the international film establishment. Clearly the film with the most ob...

Berlinale prizes

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PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY GOLDEN BEAR FOR THE BEST FILM Cesare deve morire Caesar Must Die by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani       JURY GRAND PRIX-SILVER BEAR Csak a szél Just The Wind by Bence Fliegauf SILVER BEAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR Christian Petzold for  Barbara (Barbara) ...

Berlinale 2012: Crystal Bears and Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Awards in Generation Kplus

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members of the Children's Jury Generation Kplus   Kimia Godarzani-Bakhtiari Rosa Münchmeyer Anne Marie Dominik Fittje Nikita Neitzke Justin Braun Fion Mutert Victor Neumeister Lale Öztoprak Anna Luisa Cruz Pia Jacqueline Heß Simon Kajdi   give the following awards:   Crystal Bear for the Best Feature Film: ARCADIA by Olivia Silver, USA 2011 A family realises that it cannot just run away fr...

Perspektive Deutsches Kino: Marten Persiel's This Ain't California Wins the "Dialogue en perspective" Prize

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  Today, during the award ceremony of the Independent Juries of the 62nd Berlinale, the young French-German-Slovak jury awarded the "Dialogue en perspective" prize. This year the prize goes to Marten Persiel's film This Ain't California. The award was initiated in 2004 by the German-French Youth Office (DFJW), an official Berlinale partner, in association with the Berlin International Film Festival.   The young jury that decided who would receive the "Dialo...

Berlinale 2012: Panorama Audience Awards go to Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present and Parada

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  The audience has cast its votes: the 14th Panorama Audience Award, which is presented in collaboration with radioeins of rbb (Berlin-Brandenburg’s public radio and television station), Berlin’s city magazine tip and the Berlinale’s Panorama section, goes to Parada for the best feature film. For the best documentary film, Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present came out on top, receiving more votes than its competitors. The official award ceremony will be held on ...


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