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Berlinale 2014 opens with Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel

Minister of State and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters, Jury President James Schamus, and Festival Director Dieter Kosslick will open the 64th Berlin International Film Festival at the Berlinale Palast at 7.30 pm on February 6. During the Opening Gala, the International Jury will be introduced. In addition to James Schamus (USA), its members are Barbara Broccoli (USA), Trine Dyrholm (Denmark), Mitra Farahani (Iran), Greta Gerwig (USA), Michel Gondr...

The Great Museum by Johannes Holzhausen to open 2014 Diagonale Film Festival

Johannes Holzhausen’s new documentary film The Great Museum portrays one of the preeminent museums of the world: the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (KHM). The film undertakes an extended journey behind the scenes of this fascinating and unique institution with its multifaceted day-to-day life and its rich cast of characters. Holzhausen’s portrait frames the KHM as a prism through which to reflect upon cultural policy, the institutionalized industry of art and culture and the role of...

THAT DEMON WITHIN will make its international red carpet debut at a Gala screening in Panorama Special during Berlinale

THAT DEMON WITHIN, the latest suspense action drama from lauded Hong Kong director Dante Lam, has officially been selected for the Berlin International Film Festival 2014. THAT DEMON WITHIN will make its international red carpet debut at a Gala screening in Panorama Special during Berlinale, attended by director Dante Lam, producer Candy Leung, Albert Lee and stars Nick Cheung, Daniel Wu and Christie Chen.   The film is the latest dark thriller from Lam, straight from the success of hi...

Documentaries at the Berlinale 2014: Think Big

In Focus: Diverse Documentary Forms and Events The Berlin International Film Festival has long been committed to documentaries in their diverse forms. This is reflected in the programmes of the Berlinale’s different sections and initiatives, as well in the European Film Market (EFM), Berlinale Co-Production Market, and Berlinale Talents. In 2014, a total of 64 documentaries will be screening in a variety of forms. In addition, discussion of a wide range of different...

Berlinale Camera 2014 to Honour Karl Baumgartner

Since 1986, the Berlin International Film Festival has presented the Berlinale Camera to film personalities or institutions to which it feels particularly indebted and wishes to express its thanks.   At the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, producer and distributor Karl “Baumi” Baumgartner will be awarded the Berlinale Camera.   Karl Baumgartner is one of Germany’s leading producers and independent distributors. In his capacity as producer, he has brought...

Jury for the Best First Feature Award at Berlinale

The Berlinale has been even more committed to supporting the next generation of film makers since 2006, when it introduced the Best First Feature Award. The award is endowed with 50,000 Euros, donated by the GWFF (Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrecht), a society dedicated to safeguarding film and television rights. The prize money is to be split between the producer and the director of the winning film. Additionally, the director will be awarded with a high-quality viewfinde...

Focusing on how to successfully push storytelling and create compelling films, over 120 experts will join the 300 film pros

Storytelling that expands your senses: Ade, Al Mansour, Begić, Côté, De Laurentiis, Gearty, Gerwig, Gondry, Grisoni, Heisenberg, Hoss, Jordan, Llosa, Luna, Navarro, Petzold, Porumboiu, Rădulescu, Schamus, Solomon, Stockhausen, Strickland, Thornton, and Vesth are among confirmed industry experts to share their experience with the world’s 300 most promising new film professionals   Focusing on how to successfully push storytelling and create compelling films, over 120...

Forum 2014: Special Screenings

    The Forum has now finalized its 2014 programme with a series of special screenings dedicated to historical films and re-discoveries as well as current works of special formal and thematic interest.   When Bong Joon-ho first opened Jean-Marc Rochette’s comic “Snowpiercer” in a Seoul bookshop, he supposedly devoured all three volumes on the spot. Eight years later, the French comic has been made into the most lavish Korean film of all time. Seolguk-yeolcha ...

The Films of the 44th Berlinale Forum: Merciless Working Environments and the Absurdities of the Cultural Establishment

The 44th edition of the Berlinale Forum once again provides an overview of independent, artistic filmmaking with a disregard for convention, screening 28 world and eight international premieres from every single continent.   Actress Josephine Decker pulls off a highly original twin pack in this year’s programme: her directorial debut Butter on the Latch about the uncanny experiences of two friends in a Californian forest screens alongside her second feature Thou Wast Mild and Love...

Berlinale Bites II

    “Berlinale Bites" provides journalists with sporadic, compact information about our programme, as well as notes on various events, guests and service offers at the Berlinale.   #PressBerlinale Follow us on Twitter! As of last November, the Press Office is using the platform under #PressBerlinale for short-term, up-to-date information, and will be twittering festival impressions during the Berlinale.   64th Berlinale Programme Press Conference The pres...

European Film Market 2014 Set to Go / New Initiative and New Venue

The 64th Berlin International Film Festival European Film Market (EFM) is set to go for 2014, with exhibit spaces fully booked at Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Marriott Hotel on Potsdamer Platz. The EFM is one of the most important platforms for international trade in film distribution rights and audiovisual content. Taking place from February 6 - 14, the first annual industry meeting, the EFM opens the international film year. A new initiative with Berlinale Talents, and new features like the Ca...

Festival Poster for the Berlinale 2014

Starting in mid January, the Berlinale poster will be displayed at the Potsdamer Platz and across the city, and so set the mood for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, which will take place from February 6th to 16th, 2014.   “The Berlinale Bear is and remains an extremely popular mascot – not only with our movie-loving Berlin audiences but also our international guests. This year an entire parade of bears will colourfully brighten Berlin’s cityscape and light ...

Perspektive Deutsches Kino revives the Midnight Movie

Spacemen Age of Cannibals Lamento The Innocents Amma & papa     The first six films for the 2014 Perspektive Deutsches Kino programme have been invited: four feature films and two documentaries. "This year, I paid special attention to variety in content and cinematic aesthetics," says section head Linda Söffker in describing her selections. "Directors who tell familiar stories using new images, with an interesting script, or filmmakers who ta...

2014 EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS set to Soar at the Berlinale!

The Ten Best Young European Actors Are Announced DENMARK Danica Curcic (On The Edge) GERMANY Maria Dragus (Summer Outside) ITALY Miriam Karlkvist  (South Is Nothing) THE NETHERLANDS Marwan Kenzari  (Wolf)...

Generation 2014: New Films and New Cinemas

Already twelve films produced and co-produced in ten countries have been invited to the Berlinale Generation section. The complete Generation programme will be announced in mid January.   Generation will be returning to the recently reopened Zoo Palast cinema. Here, as well as at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, it will celebrate film premieres and repetition screenings. The section’s short film competition has been given a new home in the CinemaxX at Potsdamer Platz.   Genera...

Berlinale and Glashütte Original Extend Their Commitment to Young Filmmakers until 2016 and Announce Jury for “Made in Germany –

  Watch manufacturer Glashütte Original is extending its co-partnership with the Berlinale until 2016, and continuing its support of a talented young director from the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section with the “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship”. Conceived for the development of a project, material and screenplay, the €15,000 fellowship is funded by Glashütte Original. “We are very pleased that for the third time now we will be able to awar...

European Film Promotion (EFP) has announced the five members of the SHOOTING STARS jury for 2014

Jury for SHOOTING STARS 2014 is revealed Jury member Anders Baasmo Christiansen (SHOOTING STAR 2010) European Film Promotion (EFP) has today announced the five members of the prestigious SHOOTING STARS jury for 2014. Hailing from various countries and sectors of the international film industry, the jury will between them select the 2014 SHOOTING STARS, some of the best young actors from across Europe. Their deliberations will result in th...

Johnny Depp Tops Berlinale Sales Slate

By Liza Foreman And in more Berlinale news,  Johnny Depp is confirmed to star in Cross Creek's crime thriller "Black Mass," as Boston’s most notorious gangster, Whitey Bulger. Sales for the film will begin at the European Film Market.   The film will be to co-produced and co-financed with Exclusive Media, and directed by Barry Levinson. "Black Mass" will be released by Universal Pictures in the U.S. through Cross Creek’s d...

Interview with EFM's Beki Probst

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. ...

Attention filmmakers/critics from Africa

  Talent Campus Durban Calls for Filmmakers and Film Critics   Superimposing an African imagination on filmmaking processes, the 5th Talent Campus Durban (20-24 July) will ignite the creativity of 40 selected filmmakers from Africa in a series of masterclasses, workshops and industry networking opportunities during the Durban International Film Festival.  Talent Campus Durban entices filmmakers to enhance skills, develop collaborations and interface with the dynamic future...

Two Korean films programmed and Korean actress Kim Kkobbi attending Terracotta Festival 2011

We are proud to introduce in our Korean selection a mix of tense thriller and romantic comedy with impressive cartoons segments to the audience in the UK. Man of Vendetta  파괴된 사나이, Friday 8th May 19.35. A thriller directed by Woo Min-Ho about Pastor Ju Young-su (Kim Myung-min), a man of rock solid faith whose life is shattered when his 5-year-old daughter is kidnapped. He seeks God with desperate prayers for her safe return but to no avail. Feeling betrayed and distraught with ...


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The Berlinale 2011 bear outside of Arcade shopping.

My Berlin Top Ten Films

  At a film festival that totals more than 250 feature films (not to mention an additional 250 features in the accompanying European Film Market), one can only skim the surface of an event as wide-ranging as the Berlinale. Film choices are often based on schedule availability....grabbing a screening in between meetings or making sure one is awake to catch the early morning press screenings of the Competition program. In a sense, one only gets a random taste of the very far-flung program...


  The Iranian film NADER AND SIMIN, A SEPERATION (terrible title, that) was the big winner at the 61st edition of the Berlinale, winning the Golden Bear as Best Film and Best Actor and Best Actress Silver Bears for its ensemble cast of men and women. The film, directed by Asghar Farhadi, who won a Silver Bear as Best Dierctor in 2009 for DARBAREYE, will certainly be one of the most talked about international films of the year. With the current attention of the world on the emerging democ...


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