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The 70th Berlinale International Film Festival will be held from February 20 to March 1, 2020.
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Öndög in Competition - a special Mongolian film worthy of the coveted Golden Bear

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If last year's trend for a controversial "little film" winning the Golden Bear continues this year, then I might have already found the winner. Last year's press screening of Touch Me Not was not necessarily a successful one, if one judges success according to how many of the press badge holders - a mix of journalists and also producers and distributors - stay in their seats until the end. I can't even remember how many people fled from that screening, even a new female friend left after just five minutes. This year Öndög might win that prize, although that's only after having attended four official Berlinale press screenings since the 7th of February. According to my tally, which is not at all conclusive because it was only from my limited vantage point of the theater, at least thirty people left the press screening for Öndög far before the end credits rolled. The two foreign distributors sitting next to me had ants in their pants and were clearly jealous of those who had early access to the exits. Another non-German who I chatted with as we left the theater after the film disclosed to me that he actually slept through most of it, which is not completely a surprise because it is a slow-burning film with lots of long takes, quite a few extreme long shots and limited dialogue and music. The minimal dialogue and often very minimal lighting or shooting with just a fire burning outside really worked for me.
 

The Market is in full gear and running smoothly

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Beki Probst who received the Berlinale Kamera last year attended with Matthijs Wouter Knol EFM Director, both attended the Berlinale Kamera reception for Sandra Schulberg.  The Market is running smoothly despite the new rules regarding admission of acredited professionals without the EFM badge which may be refused admittancewhen the MGB is close to full capacity. Some exhibitors claimed at first they had less visits, but it seems to be settlind down to normal business for everybody,...
 

VIDEO: Sandra Schulberg talks to filmfestivals.com

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BERLINALE Kamera recipient

Filmfestivals.com Bruno Chatelin sat down briefly with Sandra Schulberg (IFP Founder) after she received the Berlinale Kamera. Friends and colleagues attended the packed reception and cocktail party at the EFM lounge with a vibrant toast from filmmaker Gregory Nava (El Norte).     Sandra Schulberg, a long-time activist on behalf of filmmakers working outside the Hollywood studios, is being recognised by the Berlinale for her 40 years of service to the field. Schulberg founded...
 

VIDEO: Dieter Kosslick jokes during the Berlinale Kamera to Sandra Schulberg

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Nothing like a good joke on film professionals. Thank you Dieter Kosslick. Checck this one: "The german filmmaker trying to take a power breakfast meeting with an american buyer at AFM, an ending in the shower?."   ...
 

VIDEO: Anthony Bregman describes IFP's programs suppporting independent film making

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Anthony Bregman is the IFP Chairman, celebrating in Berlin the 40th anniversary of the program, he detailed some of its most important components. ...
 

 

Launches of 10% by 50/50 and The Alliance of Women’s Networks

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10% for 50/50 is a new European initiative offering rebates to gender-equal productions, led by post production house Chimney in partnership with Women in Film International and Women in Film and Television Germany. The Alliance of Women’s Networks is a new pan-European network promoting gender equality in the film industry through collaboration between national organizations in over 20 countries. Special guest: producer Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator, The Walking Dead), for Wo...
 

 

Derek Jarman's THE GARDEN, starring Tilda Swinton, returns to Berlinale 28 years after its premiere

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(James Mackay and Annie Symons, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The Garden, Derek Jarman's visual narrative film from 1990, starring Tilda Swinton as the Madonna, returned to the Delphi Filmpalast where it had its glorious German premiere at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival. This time it was a restored copy of Jarman's film about the biblical garden where his version of the Passion of Christ blends lighter moments, even with some...
 

 

DIE KINDER DER TOTEN - World Premiere and Q&A with Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska

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  (Delphi Filmpalast, Ulrich Seidl with Kelly Copper, Pavol Liska and members of their film team, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Berlinale 2019 Forum Section opened tonight at Delphi Filmpalast with the world premiere of the Ulrich Seidl-produced Die Kinder Der Toten (The Children of the Dead), a loose adaptation of Austrian playwright and novelist Elfriede Jelinek's 666 page novel that she penned in 1995. Filmmakers Kelly Copper, Pav...
 

 

Kolossal turn out at Unifrance party, what else is new?

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French promotion body reception is always one of the hot spots at any market, for the quality of their champagne at the very least. Impressive queue and warm welcome at the door which was taken and kept under tight scrutiny by Joel Chapron. ...
 

 

Party with Edinburgh Film Festival

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Bruno Chatelin, filmfestivals.com with Emma BOA Edinburgh International Film Festival Senior Projects Manager 
Mark Adams and the Team of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the longest continually running film festival in the world, held a reception during Berlinale to honour and introduce its 73rd edition with a look back at the past edition. Diane HENDERSON, Emma BOA, Holly DANIEL, and Mark ADAMS in Berlin Since 1947, the Festival has brought ground-brea...
 

 

VIDEO: Gregory Nava's speech on Sandra Schulberg for her Berlinale Kamera

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  The Berlinale Kamera was awarded to Sandra Schulberg after a very warm and moving speeches by Gregory Nava (El Norte) where he expressed his gratitude to Sandra whose work at IFP helped his film help save thousand of lives of refugees. Watch the video. More speeches by European Film Market Director Matthijs Wouter Knol, Anthony Bregman, IFP Chairman and Dieter Kosslick who entertained the audience with some personal remarks on how he met with Sand...
 

 

Exclusive: LINE OF DESCENT Producer Greenlights Roland Joffe TV Series

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Established film and television producer Guy J. Louthan has greenlit his next two original productions as part of his upcoming slate of projects for his newly formed company Palanquin, it was announced today by Louthan. Headed by Louthan and Academy Award Nominee Roland Joffé, Palanquin will focus on producing South-East Asian productions including India-based film and television projects using both local and English language scripts with Western style production practices and storytellin...
 

 

First look photo from The drama THE SECRET MOVIE starring Katie Holmes

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    ‘THE SECRET MOVIE’ STARRING KATIE HOLMES AND JOSH LUCAS BASED ON THE INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLING BOOK 'THE SECRET’ COVERT MEDIA HANDLING FOREIGN SALES AT EFM The drama THE SECRET MOVIE is currently in post-production. The film was shot on location in New Orleans.   Cast: Katie Holmes (All We Had, Logan Lucky, The Gift), Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama, What They Had, “Yellowstone”), Jerry O’Connell (“Billions”, “Sl...
 

 

Cercamon has come aboard as international sales agent for the Generation 14Plus title GOLDIE

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Sébastien Chesneau – Partner, Acquisitions and Sales for Cercamon has announced that Cercamon has come aboard as international sales agent for the Generation 14Plus title GOLDIE representing worldwide rights Goldie is written and directed by Sam de Jong.  Goldie is Sam’s second feature to premiere in Generations.  His directorial debut, Prince, premiered at Generations 14+ competition in 2015 The film was produced by Luca Borghese, Ben Howe of Agx Films with V...
 
 
 

Studio 100 Film welcomes Cine Video y TV to the pack: 100% Wolf will howl in LATAM

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Studio 100 Film announced today that Mexican distributor Cine Video y TV has acquired the rights to theatrical movie 100% WOLF. The agreement includes theatrical, home video, VOD, pay TV and free TV rights. The story of 100% WOLF centers on Freddy Lupin, the heir to a proud family line of werewolves. Desperate to become a werewolf himself, Freddy is in for a shock when on his 13th birthday his first “transwolfation” goes awry, turning him into a ferocious… ...
 

 

Celebrities and talent from opening film take an Audi e-tron ride to the red carpet

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Tahar Rahim in the Kindness of Strangers Bill Nighy  in the Kindness of Strangers Audi will drive the stars to the red carpet at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival in the Audi e-tron (electricity consumption combined in kWh/100 km: 26.2-22.6* (WLTP), 24.6-23.7 (NEDC); CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 0*). In its sixth season as principal sponsor, Audi and the Berlinale will together welcome visitors to the Audi Berlinale Lounge, to dive into the festival experience direct...
 

Films from Norway in Berlin (Out stealing Horses ... and more)

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      Out Stealing Horses will compete for Norway at the Berlinale Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s 11th feature, Out Stealing Horses (Ut og stjæle hester), has been selected for competition at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival where it will have its world premiere on Saturday 9 February. Read more... ...
 

 

Berlinale Camera to Wieland Speck

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Presentation of Berlinale Camera to Wieland Speck will take place Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 5.15 pm at Meistersaal, Köthener Straße 38, 10963 Berlin  in the presence of Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick   Since 1986, the Berlinale Camera has been a way for the Berlin International Film Festival to honour and show gratitude towards individuals and institutions that have a special connection with the festival and have made an extraordinary contribution t...
 

 

Berlinale Camera to Herrmann Zschoche

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Presentation of Berlinale Camera to Herrmann Zschoche will take place Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 11.00 am at Kino International in the presence of Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick Since 1986, the Berlinale Camera has been a way for the Berlin International Film Festival to honour and show gratitude towards individuals and institutions that have a special connection with the festival and have made an extraordinary contribution to the world of filmmaking. The ceremony wil...

 

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