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The 71st  Berlinale International Film Festival will be held March 1–5 (market) & June 9–20, 2021.
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Impressions on Todos os Mortos (All The Dead Ones) at Berlinale

(Thaia Perez, Agyei Augusto, Mawusi Tulani, © Hélène Louvart/Dezenove Som e Imagens) By Lindsay R. Bellinger   Two Brazilians living in Berlin praised Competition film Todos os mortos (All The Dead Ones/All die Toten), a Brazilian-French co-production, at Berlinale 2020. Dimas Souza, living here for the past 17 years, and classically trained guitarist Victor Santana shared their impressions of Marco Dutra and Caetano Gotardo's film after its final scre...

Focus on Berlinale: Awards announced

Berlinale Newsletters 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 I 7 I Final  FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:             Email us to be featured in the next  newsletters "Back with the bears"    PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY Members of the Jury: Jeremy Irons (Jury President), Bérénice ...

Berlinale Awards 70th edition wrapped

PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY Members of the Jury: Jeremy Irons (Jury President), Bérénice Bejo, Bettina Brokemper, Annemarie Jacir, Kenneth Lonergan, Luca Marinelli, Kleber Mendonça Filho GOLDEN BEAR FOR BEST FILM (awarded to the film’s producers) © Cosmopol Film Sheytan vojud nadarad There Is No Evil Es gibt kein Böses by Mohammad Rasoulof produced by Mohammad Rasoulof, Kaveh Farnam, Farzad Pak  SILVER BEAR GRAND JURY PRIZ...

Berlinale 2020: Crystal Bears and The Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany) Awards in Generation Kplus

The winning films of the Cildren's Jury Generation Kplus (from left to right) Crystal Bear Best Film: Sweet Thing © Lasse Tolbøll | Special Mention: H Is for Happiness © David Dare Parker | Crystal Bear Best Short Film: El nombre del hijo © Constanza Sandoval | Special Mention: El sghayra © Eva Sehet  Generation Crystal Bears The members of the Children’s Jury in Generation Kplus – Jan-Nicl...

Berlinale 2020: The Panorama Audience Awards go to Otac (Father) and Welcome to Chechnya

The audience has voted: The 22nd Panorama Audience Award for the best feature film goes to Otac (Father) by Srdan Golubović. Welcome to Chechnya by David France wins in the category Panorama Dokumente. The prizes are awarded by the Berlinale section Panorama together with radioeins and rbb television (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg). Goran Bogdan in Otac (Father) by Srdan Golubović © Maja Medic/Film House Baš Čelik Otac (Father) shows Nikola fighting for his children. After ...

Prize Winners in the Section Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Perspektive Deutsches Kino The prize winners of the section Perspektive Deutsches Kino are: • Compass-Perspektive-Award: Janna Ji Wonders for Walchensee Forever • Kompagnon-Fellowships: Hristiana Raykova (Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2019) and Ian Purnell (Berlinale Talents 2020) • Heiner-Carow-Prize: Natalija Yefimkina for Garagenvolk Award winner Janna Ji Wonders © Daniel Seiffert The Compass-Perspektive-Award for the best film of ...

Berlinale 2020: Crystal Bears Awards in Generation 14plus

The winning films of the Youth Jury Generation 14plus (from left to right) Crystal Bear Best Film Notre-Dame du Nil © Sophie Davin / Les Films du Tambour, Chapter 2 | Special Mention White Riot © Syd Shelton | Crystal Bear Best Short Film Clebs © Anna Cooley | Special Mention Goodbye Golovin © Ariel Methot   Generation Crystal Bears The members of the Youth Jury in Generation 14plus – Julina Jung, Ion Kebernik, Shahida Kitzov, Lucia Maluga, Rocco Mehlhose...

“Digger” by Georgis Grigorakis and “The Calming” by Song Fang win the Art Cinema Awards at the Berlinale

Here's a video message from Georgis Grigorakis and actor Argyris Pandazaras.      ****UPDATE: An extended interview with Grigorakis and Pandazaras will be published in the coming days.  On Saturday 29th of February, the juries of the International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas (CICAE) at the 70th Berlinale announced the winning films of the Art Cinema Award: “Digger” by Georgis Grigorakis of the Panorama sectio...

Berlinale 70: Iranian Protest Film with Empty Chair Is the Main Event of Day Nine

By Alex Deleon   At the Friday press conference for Mohammad Rasoulof's "Sheytan vojud nadarad" the director's seat at the center of the conference table is conspicuously empty!  This has become a mini tradition here as another Iranian director,  Jafar Panâhi, has been invited to Berlin twice in recent years, not allowed to travel, and accorded an honorary empty chair in absentia. Berlinale's vivid way of protesting the travel bans imposed by the Ir...

Winners of The Teddy Award - The Queer Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival

THE WINNERS The six members of the international jury view films of queer interest within all sections of the Berlinale. Three or four films are nominated and one wins in each of the following categories: best feature film, best documentary/essay film and the best short film. The jury furthermore presents its Jury Award and the TEDDY Readers’ Award powered by queer.de.   (Agustina Comedi, Luciano Villareal, David France, Faraz Shariat, Tsai Ming-Liang, David ...

Ekta Mittal presents her short film Gumnaam Din (Missing Days) in the Berlinale

(Ekta Mittal, © Lindsay Bellinger)   By Lindsay R. Bellinger Director/writer Ekta Mittal presented her short film Gumnaam Din (Missing Days) in the Berlinale Short V program, which delves into the pain of separation that faces many workers who see no other choice but to work far away from their home. She filmed Gumnaam Din as a short film after having completed a feature film handling the same topic. India’s Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) produced Mittal&...

Berlinale's Tagesspiegel Readers' Award goes to Alex Piperno's Window Boy Would also Like to Have a Submarine

  Alex Piperno's debut feature WINDOW BOY WOULD ALSO LIKE TO HAVE A SUBMARINE ('Chico ventana también quisiera tener un submarino') won the Tagesspiegel Readers' Award 2020 at the Berlinale. Since 2007, the Berlin-based national daily newspaper has awarded a Readers' Prize. The jury consists of nine members and the prize is given to the best film in the Forum. Members of the jury were Peter Apel, Heike Bottke, Chris Feustel, Lui...

VIDEO: Rithy Panh at the world premiere of his documentary Irradiés (Irradiated)

(© Rithy Panh) By Lindsay R. Bellinger Cambodian Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rithy Panh presented his shocking documentary to the world at the Berlinale Palast with his filmmaking team by his side. His documentary Irradiés (Irradiated), which is a Cambodian/French co-production running in Competition at Berlinale, is not an easy watch and clearly it was too heavy and vivid for some of the audience members who left during the screening. For those of us who stayed, we were treated to...

VIDEO : Alice Júnior - Q&A in Berlinale's Generation 14plus & Teddy Award interview

(Surya Amitrano, Thaís Schier, Anne Celestino Mota, © Renato Ogata & Gil Baroni) By Lindsay R. Bellinger Brazilian filmmaker Gil Baroni and some of his film team participated in a lively q&a after the screening of their comedy Alice Júnior, which runs in Berlinale's Generation 14plus. The audience was shy at first but pepped up after a bit and opened up an open and supportive dialogue with Baroni, his team and lead actress blogger Anne Celestino Mota. A number of...

Media Salles revealed an exceptional 2019 for Europe’s cinemas: one billion 343 million spectators, with an increase of 4.1%

On the occasion of the Berlinale, MEDIA Salles presented the new statistics on cinema-going at the traditional reception at Oxymoron: An exceptional 2019 for Europe’s cinemas: one billion 343 million spectators, with an increase of 4.1% Admissions in Europe in 2019 (millions) and their percentage variations with regard to 2018 filmfestivals.com had a quick chat with Elisabetta Brunella about the key achievements and very positive figures in most territories last year. ...

Admissions of domestic films in Europe in 2019 and their percentage out of total admissions

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  Click on the map and, where available, you will obtain the titles of the highest grossing films in each country http://www.mediasalles.it/dgt_online/DGT_online_informer_164.htm Notes: D: Figures provided by the distributors, according to which 2019 total admissions amount to 115 678 119. I: Cinetel data (3 542 screens). UK: Percentage of box office (UK films wholly or partly financed and controlled by a US studio, but featuring UK cast, c...

Berlinale blues

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By Phillip Bergson     Life is change, but as the Dalai Lama says, the Lightbulb has to want to change. New dates, new directors, new directions, and what changing temperatures during this 70th edition of one of the most celebrated international film rendezvous in the calendar, created by a former (in dispute), charming (not in dispute as I remember him well on my first-footing, fresh from Oxford University, to what was to become the last summer edition of the Cold War cellu...

Martin Scorsese Reteams with Schrader as Executive Producer for the Card Counter

Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominee Paul Schrader (First Reformed, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver) has cast Emmy Award winner Tiffany Haddish (Like a Boss, Girls Trip), Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One, Mud) and four-time Academy Award® nominee Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse, At Eternity’s Gate, The Florida Project) to star with Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Ex Machina, Show Me a Hero) in revenge thriller The Card Counter. Based on the origin...

Coproduction Office handled worldwide sales on DAU. Natasha

      Coproduction Office have announced they will sell Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Jekaterina Oertel’s DAU. Natasha worldwide.   The first feature film in a series of five DAU features, DAU. Natasha will have its world premiere in competition at the Berlin Film Festival at 10.00pm CET on Wednesday 26 February. Its companion DAU. Degeneration, a work in nine chapters, will screen in Berlin as a Berlinale Special at Haus der Berliner Festspiele on Friday 28 February. D...

See-Saw Films’ next production The Unknown Man with Anonymous Content.

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Golden Globe nominated actor Joel Edgerton (Loving, Boy Erased) and Sean Harris (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, The King) are set to star in thriller The Unknown Man, the sophomore feature from writer/director Thomas M Wright (Acute Misfortune). A See-Saw Films and Anonymous Content production, the original feature film is produced by Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Rachel Gardner, Kerry Roberts, Kim Hodgert and Joel Edgerton. Rocket Science alongside See-Saw’s in-house sales arm, Cross C...

Film Mode Entertainment’s ANTI-LIFE, aka BREACH starring BRUCE WILLIS Secures Worldwide Sales in Berlin at EFM

  The action packed sci-fi/feature sends shockwaves through Berlin at EFM, resulting in numerous confirmed sales across the globe     BERLIN (February 25, 2020) – Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment is pleased to announce multiple sales on ANTI-LIFE aka BREACH during EFM in Berlin.    “Anti-Life delivers on VFX, action and most importantly Bruce Willis.  Audiences are in for a fun ride and we’re overwhelm...

Berlinale World Cinema Fund With Two New Funding Activities

Welcome speech to the Berlinale World Cinema Fund Day 2020 with Vincenzo Bugno (Head of the WCF) und Mariette Rissenbeek (Executive Director of the Berlin International Film Festival). © Jürgen Bremer   World Cinema Fund In cooperation with the ACP Secretariat (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) and the European Commission, the WCF launches the new funding programme WCF ACP / In cooperation with TorinoFilmLab (TFL), the Audience Design Award - by WCF Europe &...

Focus on Berlinale: Videos Newsletter 6

Berlinale Newsletters 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 I 7 I 8 I Animation in Focus I Final  FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:             Email us to be featured in the next  newsletters "Back with the bears" Red Carpet moments at Berlinale Cate Blanchett arrives for the "Statele...

Red Carpet moments at Berlinale

Cate Blanchett arrives for the "Stateless" premiere during the 70th Berlinale;  Elle Fanning arrives for the "The Roads Not Taken" premiere; Johnny Depp arrives  for the "Minamata" premiere; Annabelle Mandeng, Nils Verkooijen, Welket Bungue, director Burhan Qurbani, Albrecht Schuch, Jella Haase, Joachim Krol, Richard Fouofie Djimeli and Michael Davies arrive for the "Berlin Alexanderplatz" premiere during the 70th Berlinale Photos: Franz...

VIDEO: Eurimages Co-production Development Awards in Berlin 2020

The Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund has joined forces with ten co-production markets all over the world in order to award the Eurimages Co-production Development Award. A cash-prize of €20,000 for feature and animation films and €15,000 for documentaries (CPH:DOX, Copenhagen), this award has been created to promote the Fund’s role in encouraging international co-production from the initial stages of a project.   The winners are... There Are Two Kin...

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