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The 71st  Berlinale International Film Festival will be held from February 11th to 21st, 2021.
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Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian interviewed by C.M. Rubin,

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In a new interview with C.M. Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld, Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian say cinemas are still closed while film producers look for the right way to respect COVID-19 restrictions. The experience of making or watching a film in a cinema is all about groups of people coming together to collaborate on art. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing. “The German film industry came to a halt in March, says Mariette Rissenbeek, Executive Director ...
 

08.06.2020 | Berlin's blog

Post Berlinale 2020 Wrap Report

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The rise of the rapid distribution and exhibition changes driven by the challenge of global screening services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu and their deep pocketed impact provided the background for the 2020 Berlinale.  Their role in the funding of film productions and national as well as global distribution had already been passionately discussed during the last two Berlinales before the 70th edition took place from February 20 to March 1, 2020 under...
 

19.05.2020 | Berlin's blog

Post Berlinale 2020 Dieter Kosslick

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After close to two decades as the director of the Berlin Film Festival, the Berlinale, Dieter Kosslick, who had expressed some desire to extend his contract, was replaced by Carlo Chatrian, former artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival.  Chatrian will have the same position at the Berlinale and Mariette Risssenbeek, former managing director of German Films. will be the new executive director.  Kosslick combined both positions during his service but expressed a...
 

19.05.2020 | Berlin's blog

Review in Two Languages: Sally Potter's The Roads Not Taken

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(Salma Hayek with Javier Bardem © Bleecker Street) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER & ZEP ARMENTANO "Working with Sally Potter means a surprise every day," said Christopher Sheppard at the end of the animated press conference for her newest film The Roads Not Taken, which premiered in competition at Berlinale on February 26, 2020. Sheppard has produced eight of Sally Potter's feature films since their first collaboration on Orlando in 1992. For those of us familiar with Potter&...
 

25.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

Melanie Waelde's Naked Animals: Brutal honesty

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(Marie Tragousti © Czar Film) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER You shouldn't be fooled by the film's title Nackte Tiere (Naked Animals), as Melanie Waelde's debut feature has little to do with nudity although there is one bathroom scene that reveals a little skin. The naked refers more to the raw and wild yet delicate look into the life of five German teenagers, all of them attending school somewhere in the Brandenburg countryside. The energy, ...
 

16.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

Top 25 photos from Berlinale: Antonio and his golden camera

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(Sigourney Weaver, © Antonio Castello) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER The man with the golden camera strikes again. I first noticed photographer Antonio Castello during a press conference last year. His camera with a golden vintage lens really made me look twice. He captured more than a thousand photos over the course of this year's 70th anniversary edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, known by most just as the Berlinale. Looking through his "best of" p...
 

13.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

Replicate Soviet: A post-socialist Heterotopia of DAU. Degeneratsia

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(Vladimir Azhippo, Andrey Chuenkov © Phenomen Film) By YUNXI ZHANG "Communism is a religion," says Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem whose philosophical voice-over will guide you through this 6-hour marathon (without break) - if you can manage to stay in the seat and not fall asleep before the first part ends. Me watching this DAU film is a pure accident, but then again I probably wasn’t the only one that was confused or misled by the reputat...
 

13.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

Jury Grid for Berlinale: 5 continents weigh in

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(The amazing cast of Nomera /Numbers © Berlinale 2020) by Lindsay R. Bellinger Numbers is the name of the game when referring to ⭐⭐⭐⭐ awarded by film journalists, whether it's at international film festivals or for reviews of films coming to a movie theater near you. Here you can find our international jury grid composed of twelve film journalists from five different continents, male and female critics represented equally. Below you can also read more about each jo...
 

08.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale 70th Golden Bears and Helen Mirren

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By Mark Tchelistcheff The 70th Berlinale film festival is over.  The Golden Bear went to dissident Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof for THERE IS NO EVIL, an unblinking depiction of freedom and the death penalty in Iran.  Bravo to the jury for awarding this exceptional film the Golden Bear award to Rasoulof.  Rasoulof’s daughter, actress Baran Rasoulof, accepted on his behalf as the director was banned from traveling for defying Iran’s authorities...
 

06.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

Film review: Todos os mortos /All The Dead Ones

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(Mawusi Tulani, Agyei Augusto, © Hélène Louvart/Dezenove Som e Imagens) Written by Victor Santana  In the act of telling a story, the process of narrative can influence and change how one relates and deals with the happenings in time. A great narrative has the power to overcome the circumstances of time and bridge the gap of space between the moment when someone is listening or telling a story and the timeless realm where a story is taking place.   ...
 

06.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

70th Berlinale: Successful Anniversary Edition for Audience and Industry

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  Golden Bear for Best Film 2020: Sheytan vojud nadarad (There Is No Evil) by Mohammad Rasoulof - the film team © Erik Weiss / Berlinale 2020    The 70th Berlin International Film Festival ended successfully with the “Berlinale Publikumstag” on March 1. Following the Award Ceremony on Saturday evening, at which Sheytan vojud nadarad (There Is No Evil) by the Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof received the Golden Bear, numerous fans flocked again to the cinema...
 

05.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale Shorts: Award Winners of the International Short Film Competition of Berlinale 2020

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  Left: Adrien Mérigeau - winner Audi Short Film Award In the middle: Rafael Manuel - winner Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) Right: Keisha Rae Witherspoon - winner Golden Bear for Best Short Film In the course of the International Short Film Competition of the 70th International Film Festival Berlin on Saturday, February 29 2020 four prizes were awarded: the Golden Bear for Best Short Film, the Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film), the Audi Short Film Award and the Berlin Sh...
 

05.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

Quebec Feature Film THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Matthew Rankin Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlinale!

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Maison 4:3 and Voyelles Films are proud to announce that the Quebec feature film The Twentieth Century by Matthew Rankin won the FIPRESCI prize of the International Federation of Film Critics for a film in the Forum section of the Berlin International Film Festival. The prize was awarded on Friday night during the closing ceremony of the 70th edition, in the presence of producers Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette and Ménaïc Raoul, who accepted this prestigious honour.   After ...
 

05.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

Russian films go to 35 countries after EFM

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At the European Film Market 25 Russian companies presented over 50 titles at the Created in Moscow x Roskino stands, organized by Moscow Export Center and by Roskino accordingly. Content from Russia will travel to USA, China, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil, as well as get co-production partners.   “Russia was on the spotlight in Berlin this year. The 70th Berlinale and the EFM saw unprecedented representation of Russian content. Russian projects feature in almo...
 

05.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlin 70. Made the Right Choice Iranian protest film, "There is No Evil", awarded Golden Bear.

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By Alex Deleon    Iranian Dissident Director, Mohammad Rasoulof, 47.   Yes, of course, it was a political decision, Highly political, and it was far from the best Itanian film ever and maybe not the best film of the festival, but it was doubtlessly the Right Thing to do, declaring "There is no Evil" the best film at Berlinale 70.  Dissident Iranian director, Mohammad Rasoulof, whose film "A Man of Integrity" was awarded best film i...
 

05.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

Extended Interview : Georgis Grigorakis & Argyris Pandazaras discuss Digger

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(Argyris Pandazaras, Georgis Grigorakis © Lindsay R. Bellinger) by Lindsay R. Bellinger "I saw a poster in the train station here (Berlin) about the environmental crisis being the next Berlin Wall. And I think that this is what the film is about."  ~ Georgis Grigorakis The Greek film Digger from director Georgis Grigorakis won the Art Cinema Award on Saturday, the 29th of February, which was awarded by the International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas (CICAE) j...
 

04.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

Sweet Thing: bittersweet childhood in gorgeous gray

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(Lana Rockwell © Mélanie Akoka) Premiered in Berlin, shaped like Sundance. The first paces of ‘Sweet Thing’ feel as they are taken from Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’. By iris-in, iris-out, long shot cuts into close- ups, the director Alexander Rockwell conveys a really fresh and intimate nostalgia beyond what you’d see in the usual Black & White indie flick. Van Morrison and Billie Holiday lyrics provey emotional LP magic to this soothing...
 

03.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

Report from the TEDDY Awards 2020 at Volksbühne

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(Annie Heger, Eidin Jalali, Edson Cordeiro, Banafshe Hourmazdi, Faraz Shariat, TEDDY winners © Lindsay R. Bellinger)   by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER  German singer/actress/moderator Annie Heger as host of the TEDDY Awards was an inspired choice! On the evening of February 28, 2020 she brought the right amount of energy to the Volksbühne, maybe even more than some members of the audience. I was a little surprised that the older male German couple...
 

03.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

A pleasure to the eyes: Sweet Thing world premiere

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(Nico Rockwell & Lana Rockwell, © Lasse Tolbøll) Antonio Castello: Sweet Thing was a pleasure to the eyes; the genius mix of black and white and color 16mm films was very well done and goes according with our times. A story is only a good story when is well told and this movie finds a visual unique way to narrate the story using basic techniques, a low budget, and the love of his family and friends.    (Director/writer Alexandre Rockwell, © Ant...
 

02.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

Impressions on Todos os Mortos (All The Dead Ones) at Berlinale

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(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...
 

02.03.2020 | Berlin's blog

Focus on Berlinale: Awards announced

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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 ...
 

29.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale Awards 70th edition wrapped

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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...
 

29.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

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

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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

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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 ...
 

29.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Prize Winners in the Section Perspektive Deutsches Kino

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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 ...
 

29.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale 2020: Crystal Bears Awards in Generation 14plus

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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...
 

29.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

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

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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...
 

29.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

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

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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...
 

29.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

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

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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 ...
 

29.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

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

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(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&...
 

29.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

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

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  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...
 

29.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

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

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(© 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...
 

29.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

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

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(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...
 

29.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

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

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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. ...
 

29.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

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...
 

29.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

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...
 

28.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

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

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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...
 

28.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Coproduction Office handled worldwide sales on DAU. Natasha

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      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...
 

28.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

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...
 

28.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

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

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  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...
 

28.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale World Cinema Fund With Two New Funding Activities

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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 &...
 

28.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Focus on Berlinale: Videos Newsletter 6

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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...
 

27.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Red Carpet moments at Berlinale

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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...
 

27.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO: Eurimages Co-production Development Awards in Berlin 2020

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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...
 

27.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO: Pinocchio Press Conference Highlights | Berlinale Special 2020

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The Red Carpet Highlights of "Pinocchio" with director Mattea Garrone and actors Roberto Benigni, Federico Ielapi, Marine Vacth and Massimo Ceccherini.       The Press Conference Highlights of "Pinocchio" with director Matteo Garrone and actors Roberto Benigni, Federico Ielapi and Marine Vacth. ...
 

26.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Chile in Focus in Berlin ...together....party

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Video by Laurie Gordon   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 a...
 

26.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

EFA Reception during the Berlinale with funny Faux Pas to laughters...

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The European Film Academy, in co-operation with the Embassy of Iceland in Berlin, invited this tuesday (25th) the EFA members attending Berlinale to a cocktail reception on the occasion of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival.   800 RSVP ed to the event where it was announced that the next Euriopean Film Awards gala was going to be held at Reykjavik.     Mike Downey gave a speech and offered some cause for shared laughters when he made a faux pa...
 

26.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Successful First Half of the Berlinale Anniversary Edition

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In light of its very successful start, the festival is thrilled about the great interest shown by trade visitors and the public at the 70th Berlinale. By the middle of the festival, 272,000 tickets had already been sold - around 20,000 tickets more than in the previous year on the 6th day of the festival. As expected, the demand for online tickets has increased again, as compared to a year ago, while ticket sales at the classic advance booking and box office locations continued to decline. On t...
 

26.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Increased attendance at EFM despite China defections

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Five days after it began, the European Film Market (EFM) can also look back on a more than busy audience and similarly draws a positive interim balance. Strong exhibitor and visitor numbers and a further increase in interest in the events and initiatives of the EFM once again underline the importance of the market as one of the most important trading platforms for audio-visual content worldwide.    ...
 

26.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Alexandre Rockwell introduces daughter Lana at Sweet Thing's world premiere at Berlinale

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By Lindsay R. Bellinger. NY indie filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell was emotional as he introduced his daughter Lana onto the stage after their film Sweet Thing world premiered at Berlinale last night. Joining them on the stage are talented actress and writer Karyn Parsons (the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fame), ML Josepher, newcomer Jabari Watkins and some of the crew (Lasse Ulvedal Tolbøll, Alan Wu...) (Lana Rockwell, Jabari Watkins, ©  Lasse Tolbøll) by L...
 

26.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO message from DIGGER director Georgis Grigorakis and lead actor Argyris Pandazaras

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  (a still of Argyris Pandazaras from Digger, © Haos Film, Le Bureau) by Lindsay R. Bellinger   Nature vs. human is on display in Georgis Grigorakis's new film set in the remote woods of a lesser shown part of Greece. Not only that but son vs. father is also front and center, with legendary Greek actor Vangelis Mourikis as Nikitas who was absent from his son Jonny's (well known theater actor Argyris Pandazaras) life for the past two decades. Both fathe...
 

26.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Wizart announces several deals for distribution Fantastic Return to OZ during EFM

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At EFM film market in Berlin Russian Wizart announces several deals for the Fantastic Return to OZ. The feature will be shown in the UK and Northern Ireland in April 2020 according to the agreement with the Signature Entertainment.  The audience in Bulgaria will have an opportunity to watch the movie due to contract with Pro Films company. The relevant deal with South Korea was signed with BoXoo Entertainment and with Snap TV in Latin America.    Director of Acquisitions and D...
 

26.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO: Berlinale Homage: In Conversation with Helen Mirren

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Helen Mirren continues to personify female figures with emblematic personalities in countless performances and to unending success. The recipient of this year's Honorary Golden Bear retraces the milestones of her career with MoMA curator Rajendra Roy. ...
 

26.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

TIBERIUS FILM acquires the high-profile drama BLIND and other film highlights at Berlinale 2020

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At the beginning of the Berlinale, Tiberius Film expands its portfolio with some excellent film purchases. In addition to the intense and star-studded drama BLIND starring Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore, the latest purchases by the Munich independent provider include the atmospheric horror film DEATH OF ME by director Darren Lynn Bousman and the thrilling action-horror highlight THE DRIVER.   The soulful drama BLIND features a top-class cast. The leading roles are played by Alec Baldwin (&ld...
 

26.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Hillary Clinton at the Berlinale

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     By Alex C. Deleon   As Berlinale  70 reaches the midpoint the biggest star so far, not likely to be eclipsed in the remaining days,  is none other than Hillary Clinton, wife of former president Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State, loser by a whisker to incumbent president Donald Trump in the last presidential election, and still a strong voice on the political scene. The Berlinale is generaly considered to be the most political of all film festivals an...
 

26.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Marion Davies was the discovery of the week

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By Alex Deleon The King Vidor retrospective is so rich in new discoveries that it is practically  a festival within the festival on its own. Since Vidor's career spanned the entire last decade of the silent era then continued on up to the end of the fifties this collection of vintage films  provides an Interesting overview and sampling of genres over forty years of basic Hollywood history. Vidor spent most of his career at MGM  but he was well enough respected to be able t...
 

26.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Hillary in Berlin : Press conference

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By Alex Deleon At press conference and on the red carpet the former First Lady seems to be enjoying her new career as a movie star!  Hillary, cool, calm, and collected, between director Burstein and producer Silverman. Nanette Burstein has made a four hour alpha to omega  documentary on Hillary Clinton She says that the subject was so rich four hours was not long enough to cover it fully! ...
 

26.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Sweet Thing World Premiere: VIDEO Message from NY Indie Filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell

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(Lana Rockwell, Jabari Watkins, ©  Lasse Tolbøll) by Lindsay R. Bellinger   New York indie filmmaking auteur Alexandre Rockwell returns to the 70th year of Berlinale with his new film Sweet Thing. His newest film is making its world premiere in the Generation Section of the film festival tomorrow at Urania, An der Urania 17, 10787 Berlin at 17:00. Sweet Thing is a wonderfully entertaining black & white film that centers on Billie and ...
 

25.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Riki leading Russian animation company has acquired Aeroplane Prods.

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               In Berlin, Riki Group is selling “Finnick,” a new feature film about a mischievous furry creature who loves playing pranks on the family who lives in his house. The company’s working within the Created in Moscow brand at the European Film Market. RIKI GROUP CONSOLIDATES 100% OF THE SHARES OF AEROPLANE PRODUCTIONS (THE FIXIES BRAND) St.Petersburg-Moscow, February 21, 2020 – Riki Group announced acquisiti...
 

25.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Monday, Day 5, more miserable weather. Cold and Rainy. Ferrara's Siberia.

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Two more silent Vidor shorts.  A French speaking African immigrant drama in Forum And Abel Ferrara's American Siberia, starring Willem Dafoe.  Images from the Siberia Press Conference                                         Willem Dafoe and Abel Ferrara field questions at lively press conference                     &nbs...
 

25.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale Special Gala World Premiere of Curved Ball : ... Dont Miss it !

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      SYNOPSIS  Although he already has ...
 

25.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Orange Studio's PARADISE DRIFTERS PREMIERE nicely reviewed

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25.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Picturehouse Entertainment Acquires UK Distribution Rights from MetFilm Sales for Jerry Rothwell’s THE REASON I JUMP

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    Picturehouse Entertainment is pleased to be releasing Jerry Rothwell’s THE REASON I JUMP into UK cinemas in 2020. A release date is to be announced. Based on the internationally best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, and translated by acclaimed British novelist David Mitchell, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of non-speaking autistic people from around the world. The film received its World Premiere at Sund...
 

25.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Avant Premiere Opening with the screening of Force of Nature Natalia

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An in-depth portrait of dance superstar Natalia Osipova, directed by BAFTA winning Gerry Fox, produced by Justine Waddell, Alexandrina Markvo and Gerry Fox in association with Sky Arts. Force of Nature Natalia follows a season in the life dance superstar Natalia Osipova. With unique access to Natalia's personal archive, we follow her preparations for a fifth season as a principal of the Royal Ballet as she continues to champion contemporary dance with some of the world’s greatest cho...
 

25.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO: Promising Projects: Three Prizes and 1,500 Meetings at the Berlinale Co-Production Market

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Eurimages Co-Production Development Award 2020 – from left to right: Martina Bleis (Head of Berlinale Co-Production Market), Roberto Olla (Eurimages), Onur Saylak (b.i.t arts), Nadir Öperli (Liman Film), Giorgos Karnavas (Eurimages Award Jury), Elena Kotová (Eurimages Award Jury), Hakan Günday (Writer), Marie-Pierre Vallé (Eurimages Award Jury), Alessia Sonaglioni (Eurimages) © Lydia Hesse   Berlinale Co-Production Market At the Berlinale Co-Producti...
 

24.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO: Award Ceremony for the European Shooting Stars 2020

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  European Shootings Stars 2020 ­ Andreas Renz / Getty Images for EFP The image shows from left to right: Carlo Chatrian (Festival Director), Ella Rumpf (Switzerland), Jonas Dassler (Germany), Victoria Carmen Sonne (Denmark), Mariette Rissenbeek (Festival Director), Levan Gelbakhiani (Georgia), Joana Ribeiro (Portugal), Bartosz Bielenia (Poland), Zita Hanrot (France), Pääru Oja (Estonia), Martina Apostolova (Bulgaria), Bilal Wahib (The Netherlands) Tonight (Feb 24th) the E...
 

24.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO: a taste of Devour in Berlin 2020

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The 5th annual must-attend film & food networking event at the Berlinale from the creators of Devour Fest Michael Howell, Executive Director, Lia Rinaldo, Managing Director (Bruno Chatelin in the middle). One of the best and most delicious parties during Berlinale is definitely this one and one of my favorite where great food, great wines meet film. The organisers of this annual event fly the food from Novia Scotia, fresh oyster, seafood, cider wines... adding their good humor to the s...
 

24.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Comments on Vidor Films

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By Alex Deleon I finally braved the weather and saw some films today. Four by King Vidor in the Vidor retrospective. (1) Our Daily Bread, 1934. New Deal era drama with comic overtones. Depression refugees dig a giant ditch during a devastating drought to irrigate their dying crops. Nice love story in there too. Pure innocence, very easy on the mind and the eye. They don't make 'em like this anymore. And the handsome hero Tom Keene wears a great floppy fedora throughout.  ...
 

24.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Focus on Berlinale: Videos Newsletter 5

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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"   VIDEO: Fest director Mariette Rissenbeek opened the 15th annual Berlinale event &quo...
 

24.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Don't Miss Death of Nintendo in Gen-KPlus at Berlinale!

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(Noel Comia Jr., Kim Chloie Oquendo, screenwriter/producer Valerie Martinez, © Lindsay Bellinger)   by Lindsay R. Bellinger Filipino director Raya Martin, who participated in Berlinale Talents and screened his film La última película at Berlinale in 2014's Forum Expanded, has also taken part in Cannes Cinéfondation and screened at Cannes' Un Certain Regard in 2009. For the 70th Berlin International Film Festival Martin and screenwriter/produce...
 

24.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Avant Premiere opened with special screening of "Force of Nature Natalia"

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The opening film was followed by a Q&A with the producer and director of the documentary. And a drinks reception. Force of Nature Natalia follows a season in the life dance superstar Natalia Osipova. With unique access to Natalia's personal archive, we follow her preparations for a fifth season as a principal of the Royal Ballet as she continues to champion contemporary dance with some of the world’s greatest choreographers. We watch the rehearsal process of new ballet Moth...
 

24.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO: Berlinale Camera to Ulrike Ottinger to a packed house Berlinale 2020

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  Since 1986, the Berlinale has awarded the Berlinale Camera to honour personalities and institutions who have made a special contribution to filmmaking and with whom the festival feels closely connected. In this manner, the Berlinale expresses its appreciation towards those who have become friends and supporters of the festival.     At the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, the director and artist Ulrike Ottinger will be honoured with the Berlinale Camera. In th...
 

24.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Canada Now reception at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin

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Telefilm Canada presented the 2020 edition of the CANADA NOW International Film Tour presenting award-winning & critically acclaimed films in the UK, USA, MEXICO and GERMANY. For more information please visit www.CanadaNowFestival.com         ...
 

24.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

A Creative Explosion – 2020 Nostradamus Report presentation

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Keynote on Friday, 21 February 2020, 2-3.30 pm at Berliner Freiheit with Cia Edström Head of Nordic Film Market at Gôteborg Film Festival. FIND THE REPORT HERE The presentation was followed by a panel discussion “Finding Success with Alternative Releases” featuring three of this year’s report’s expert interviewees. Speakers: Philip Knatchbull (CEO, Curzon) Alexandra Lebret (MD, European Producers’ Club) Fabio Lima (CEO an...
 

24.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Live action Italian Pinocchio opens on Sunday afternoon with soggy red carpet gala

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         L-R: Mariette Rissenbeek, Roberto Begnini, Carlo Chatrian, director Matteo Garrone, and child star Federico Ielapi, who portrays the wooden puppet in the picture. Sunday 23 February, Festival Day 4 In spite of horrid cold and rainy weather the Sunday afternoon opening of the Italian live action Pinocchio with Oscar winning comic  Roberto Benigni as Gepetto has been the event of the week so far.   The entire cast and director Matteo Garrone were...
 

24.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO: Berlinale Opening: A Minute of Silence For the Victims of Hanau

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With great dismay and sorrow, the Berlinale learned of the fatal attack yesterday in Hanau. Our deepest sympathy goes to the victims and their families. The Berlinale stands for tolerance, respect and hospitality. The festival opposes violence and racism. At the Opening Gala of the 70th Berlinale, the International Film Festival commemorated the victims of Hanau with a minute of silence. The abhorrent attacks in Hanau were fresh on people's minds during Thursday's Opening Gala. Actor,...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Sentient and Endurance to Finance and Produce the high seas battle between Orcas and Sharks in ALPHAS

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With the hotly anticipated AVATAR 2 and 3 sequels heading to theaters worldwide on Christmas 2021 and 2022 respectively, Sam Worthington is in advanced negotiations to leave Pandora briefly to join the high seas battle between Orcas and Sharks in ALPHAS. When the local Great White population spirals out of control, environmentalist Gavin McDade (Sam Worthington) is tasked with finding a natural solution to the shark problem. He tracks down the owner of a nearby Killer Whale sanctuary, whose car...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Arclight Films Announces AURORA with MEGAN FOX

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Leading entertainment company Arclight Films, led by Chairman Gary Hamilton (Hotel Mumbai, First Reformed), announced today the company has joined forces with Jordan Gertner (Spring Breakers, The Virgin Suicides) and Toby Gibson (The Lego Movie franchise) to produce and finance the suspense thriller Aurora, directed by Lazar Bodroža (A.I. Rising) and starring Megan Fox (Transformers franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). The script is written by Pete Bridges, Toby Gibson, and Stuart Willis (...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

EXILE in Berlin: a Film by Visar Morina

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 BERLINALE – PANORAMA 2020 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL – WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION   EXILE A Film by Visar Morina   Starring Mišel Matičević (BABYLON BERLIN), Sandra Hüller (TONI ERDMANN)   Exile at Berline Panorama   FEBRUARY 24 @ 12:35PM Director Visar Morina Cast: Mišel Matičević, Sandra Hüller Producers: Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach      Writer/Director: Visar Morina (BABAI) Director Of...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO: Fest director Mariette Rissenbeek opened the 15th annual Berlinale event How much Feminine Intelligence is in AI?

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Mariette Rissenbeek (Berlinale Executive Director)/ Nicole Ackerman (Women in Film and Television board member) 15th annual Berlinale event How much Feminine Intelligence is in AI?– Opportunities and risks of new technologies for development, production and distribution of film, TV and streaming content.  15th annual Berlinale event How much Feminine Intelligence is in AI? – Opportunities and risks of new technologies for development, production and...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO: Evgenia Markova recently appointed general director of Roskino brings a new vision for russian cinema

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Evgenia Markova has been appointed general director of Roskino, the Russian film promotion organization. Her selection was approved by the Roskino’s board of directors and supported by the Russian Culture Ministry based on the feedback of major Russian filmmakers, who acclaimed her work at international film markets.  Filmfestivals.com Bruno Chatelin had a chat with Evgenia during the reception held at Marriott at Created in Moscow umbrella office. Watch the full interview: ...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO: Mediasalles releases the figures of 2019 admissions in Europe

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Anna Franklin (New Film Europe)  Elisabetta Brunellla (Mediasalles) Many reasons to be happy during the Berlin CICAE MEDIASALLES FILM NEW EUROPE Reception at Berlinale 70 where the latest MEDIASALLES trends were revealed by fne daily. During this gathering, MEDIA Salles made available the latest data collected on cinema-going in 39 European countries. We are already anticipating the key figures on cinema admissions in 2019 – an exceptional year for the European cinemas, with 1,34...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Shooting Stars bring Fresh Creative Energy to Berlinale

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PRESS PRESENTATION BERLINALE OPENING     bulgaria Martina Apostolova denmark Victoria Carmen Sonne estonia Pääru Oja france Zita Hanrot georgia Levan Gelbakhiani germany Jonas Dassler netherlands Bilal Wahib ...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO Very inspiring words of hope by Johnny Depp at his press conference

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The Press Conference Highlights of "Minamata" with director Andrew Levitas and the actors Johnny Depp, Minami, Katherine Jenkins, Akiko Iwase, Bill Nighy, Hiroyuki Sanada, as well as writer Aileen Mioko Smith. (Johnny Depp, © Lindsay Bellinger)   (Johnny Depp, Aileen Mioko Smith, © Lindsay Bellinger) Photo by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER The press conference for Minamata was delayed more than thirty minutes, allowing journalists and photographers...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Vidor Retrospective is the hot ticket

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Vidor Retrospective is a hot Alternate  Reality at Berlin 70 By Alex Castillo  Deleon The Horrors of World War I -- graphically depicted in The Big Parade 1925   With the pickings slim this year in the competition section, and not much better in the other main sidebars, the nearly complete King Vidor retrospective covering some 33 films from the magnificent silent war saga The Big Parade, 1925, to War and Peace, 1956.  Vidor's career spanned some four decades and ...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Jenna Ortega to star in Megan Park feature THE FALLOUT

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The film is set to be Directed by Megan Park and Star  JENNA ORTEGA (Babysitter 2, You for Netflix, Jane the Virgin, Disney's Stuck in the Middle, and Saving Flora) with SHAILENE WOODLEY (HBO's BIG LITTLE LIES, The DIVERGENT franchise, ADRIFT) MEGAN PARK: Most recently Megan wrote the New Line feature NO BAGGAGE starring Shailene Woodley with Jennifer Gibgot producing. Megan’s pilot CALVERT COLLINS IS HIGH was set up at CBS studios with Eric Tannenbaum producing.&nb...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

The (kick off) party before the party and celebrations of Avant Première 2020

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Katharina Jeschke (Secretary General IMZ International Music + Media Centre) during her speech welcoming the Avant Premiere VIP guests at the Arte Concert at SCWHUZ Nouvelle Vague by Rod Maurice Before the actual start of Avant Première 2020, IMZ has celebrated this Saturday (22nd) with a spectacular kick-off at Berlin’s most famous music + TV event, the “Berlin Live” club concert by ARTE Concert! Guests joined for an exclusive industry gathering ...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Taskovski Films present in Berlinale with four titles in competition and recently on board with Sanctuary starring Javier Bardem

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    London-based sales and production company Taskovski Films has acquired world sales rights to Radu Jude’s new documentary in Forum competition, The Exit of the Trains, co-directed with Adrian Cioflanca (Romania, 2020), as well as Forum titles The House of Love directed by Luca Ferri (Italy, 2020) is part of Ferris’ the apartment trilogy; Strike or Die by first-time director Jonathan Rescigno (France...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Sam Worthington will star in “CounterPlay” (formerly known as “Escape”)

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    CounterPlay    We are proud to announce that mult...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Disney's Newest Pixar Film Onward: Berlinale Press Conference

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(Kori Rae, Dan Scanlon, © Lindsay Bellinger) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Director Dan Scanlon and Producer Kori Rae were in high spirits after the press screening of the newest Pixar film Onward, starring the ever-so-talented vocal skills of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Octavia Spencer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ali Wong, Tracey Ullman, Lena Waithe and John Ratzenberger (Cliff from Cheers & Hamm from the Toy Story films). The journalists were ...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

WILDLAND debut feature strikes a chord with critics (First Panorama reviews)

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“This has the makings of a big hit” The Guardian   “destined to impress…(…) … striking debut feature” Screen Daily   “an insidiously horrible and thrilling Scandi noir” The Guardian   “an intriguing dynamic which propels this female-twist on Animal Kingdom directed by another notable newcomer, Jeanette Nordahl” Screen Daily   “(Ida) is played with terse, tightly wo...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Noémie Merlant (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) in JUMBO by Zoé Wittock >Generation 14plus 

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  Noémie Merlant is Jeanne in JUMBO Generation 14plus - European Premiere    SYNOPSIS  He is strong and he shines in all the colours of the rainbow. Using his many arms, he throws Jeanne into the air, all the while holding her tight. He is Jumbo, a fairground ride. And Jeanne, who collects rubbish in the amusement park at night, is in love with him. However the shy young woman’s affection for a machine causes a lot of dismay: Her mother, who is us...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

50 russian projects represented in Berlin at Moscow Export Center "Created in Moscow" and Roskino "Stand" at MGB

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  Russian filmmakers present their line-up at two co-branded venues this year: at the Created in Moscow stand, organized by Moscow Export Center, and at the Roskino – Russian Cinema Worldwide, organized by Russian film promotion agency Roskino with the support of the Russia’s Ministry of Culture. Created in Moscow gathers 17 Moscow-based film companies, including Central Partnership (“Chernobyl. Abyss", "Last Frontier", "Son of a rich", "...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

The Rest of the Bauer Story : Festival Founder's Nazi Past Clouds 70th Anniversary, How many skeletons are still in the closet?

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By Alex Deleon, filmfestivals.com Alfred Bauer with Sophia Loren at the Berlinale's ninth edition in 1959.   This report from the historical back page of the Hollywood Reporter   The 70th anniversary of the Berlin International Film Festival should be a cause for celebration.   But recent revelations about the festival's first director, Dr. Alfred Bauer, (a film historian who ran the Berlinale from its start in 1951 through 1976) are castin...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Opening of the 2020 Berlin Film Upstaged by Hate Murders in Hanau

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by Alex Deleon                             GERMANY WEEPS  FOR  THE VICTIMS OF HANAU           As the 70th Berlin film festival was about to open in the capital a 43 year old German racist opened fire at two Shisha (hookah pipe) joints in the secondary city of Hanau, near Frankfurt, killing 11 Turkish and Kurdish German residents and wounding many others. He then returned home where h...
 

23.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale the day after the opening

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Berlinale Newsletters 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 I 7 I 8 I Animation in Focus I Final I FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:             Email us to be featured in the next  newsletters "Back with the bears" VIDEO: My Salinger Year | Press Conference Highlights | Berlinale Special Gala 2020 ...
 

21.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO: My Salinger Year | Press Conference Highlights | Berlinale Special Gala 2020

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The Press Conference Highlights of "My Salinger Year" with the director Philippe Falardeau, the actors Sigourney Weaver, Margaret Qualley as well as the author Joanna Rakoff. ...
 

21.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO: Wonderful Johnny Depp as W.(wonderful) Eugene Smith at Minamata Press Conference

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  (Johnny Depp, © Lindsay Bellinger) (Johnny Depp, Aileen Mioko Smith, © Lindsay Bellinger) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The press conference for Minamata was delayed more than thirty minutes, allowing journalists and photographers ample time to get pumped for Johnny Depp's much anticipated arrival. Depp not only took on the lead role of W. Eugene Smith but he also served as a producer, having backed the project from very early on accor...
 

21.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Panorama Opens with Clarisa Navis' Las Mil y Una (One in a Thousand)

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(Michael Stütz, © Lindsay Bellinger) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The new head of the Panorama Section of Berlinale Michael Stütz welcomed the packed house to the opening of the Panorama and led us with a moment of silence for the victims of the far-right extremist mass shooting that occurred in Hanau, Germany late Wednesday evening. Shortly thereafter Stütz introduced Argentinian director Clarisa Navis who presented the world premiere of her film&nb...
 

21.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

70th Berlinale Red Carpet Opens With My Salinger Year

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(Margaret Qualley, Sigourney Weaver, © Lindsay Bellinger) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau's film My Salinger Year was the opening film of the 70th anniversary edition of the Berlin International Film Festival and the Red Carpet was ablaze. Margaret Qualley and Sigourney Weaver took lots of time on the Red Carpet for photographers, fans and interviews. They took some time to chat a bit with one another as photographers were biding ...
 

21.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Nomera (Numbers) from Oleg Sentsov world premieres at Berlinale's 70th anniversary event

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(Oleg Sentsov, Akhtem Seitablaiev before the world premiere of Nomera, © Lindsay Bellinger) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Ukrainian filmmaker, activist and writer Oleg Sentsov was unjustly imprisoned in a Russian gulag for six years after being arrested by the Russian secret service in May 2014. His alleged terrorist activities led to a 20 year prison sentence but he was released in September 2019 in a prisoner swap. Over the course of these six years many people protest...
 

21.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Blockchain meets IP : An Educational Conference during Berlinale

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  Download the powerpoint presentation courtesy Florian Glatze ...
 

21.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Arclight Films picked up the Heavens franchise starting with Heavens:The Boy and His Robot

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Leading entertainment company Arclight Films, led by Chairman Gary Hamilton, announced today the company will handle worldwide distribution rights, excluding China, for the first feature film Heavens: The Boy and His Robot from the upcoming Heavens® franchise – a pioneering, visually mesmerizing multiple platform universe from Golden Horse Award nominee Singaporean director Rich Ho Kok Tai.   Arclight is commencing sales at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.   C...
 

21.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO: Jeremy Irons opens the 70th Berlinale 2020 Gala Ambiance

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Jeremy Irons and his wife actress Sinead Cusack arrive in Audi A8 TFSI e car for opening ceremony and "My Salinger Year" premiere during the 70th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palace on February 20, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for AUDI AG/image.net) For the 70th anniversary of the Berlinale, and in a seventh season as Principal Sponsor, with all-electric trips in its progressive and elegant fleet, Audi is sett...
 

21.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Sam Worthington is in advanced negotiations to join the high seas battle between Orcas and Sharks in ALPHAS

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With the hotly anticipated AVATAR 2 and 3 sequels heading to theaters worldwide on Christmas 2021 and 2022 respectively, Sam Worthington is in advanced negotiations to leave Pandora briefly to join the high seas battle between Orcas and Sharks in ALPHAS. When the local Great White population spirals out of control, environmentalist Gavin McDade (Sam Worthington) is tasked with finding a natural solution to the shark problem. He tracks down the owner of a nearby Killer Whale sanctuary, whose car...
 

21.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

MERKEL - Powerful political thriller picked up for release by Paramount Pictures

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The highly anticipated political-thriller Merkel, starring Imogen Kogge (Requiem) as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is set for its German theatrical release on March 28, 2020 via Paramount, it was announced today by producer, Carte Blanche International’s Alexander van Dülmen.   Bavaria Media International in association with A COMPANY is screening the film for worldwide buyers excluding Germany for the first time during the European Film Market.   “The global im...
 

21.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

EFM In Production - THE UNDERTAKER'S WIFE - New Poster and Stills from the set

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presents THE UNDERTAKER'S WIFE       ...
 

21.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

19 Brazilian films at the Berlinale 2020

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Cinema do Brasil congratulates the 19 Brazilian films at the Berlinale 2020 Check out the lineup and screening schedule Competition ALL THE DEAD ONES Brazil, France | 2020 | 120 min | Fiction, Drama In Brazil, 1899, shortly after the abolition of slavery, the ghosts of the past still walk among the living. For the women of the Soares family, the task of giving up their privilege and adapting to a middle-class reality drives them to the brink of madness. ...
 

21.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Ella Bella Bingo Takes a Bicycle Tour Around The Globe

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Studio 100 Film and Kool Produktion AS today announced a slate of sales and first admissions for the recently completed animation movie Ella Bella Bingo.  The Norwegian production will travel to territories from the US, Canada and UK to Benelux, France, Portugal, Bulgaria, Poland, the Baltics, Russia and Ukraine, to Turkey, South Korea and LATAM.  Ella Bella Bingo has already been released nationwide in Norway on January 24th 2020 with a total admission of 51,136 till February 18th.&...
 

21.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Studio 100 Film today announced an impressive slate of sales for the recently completed “100% Wolf”

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Samara_Weaving /  Ilai_Swindells Jane_Lynch / Jai Courtney/  The animation movie will travel around the globe to territories including Italy, Portugal, Turkey, South East Asia, the German-speaking territories and LATAM. Studio 100 Film acts as international sales agent and is located at Marriott Office #286 at this year’s EFM.   Additionally, Studio 100 Film together with the production team introduced the voice cast of the upcoming movie: Ilai Swindells (The C...
 

21.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale 70, Day One

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Three Heads are better than One.   Alex Deleon (filmfestivals.com), Dame Helen Mirren, and Maxililian Fleischer (Berlinale) at the Berlinale press room. Max, who speaks perfect English, heads up the press center at the Heart of the Festival smiling and always totally helpful.   ...
 

20.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO: Opening Film Press Conference

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My Salinger Year by Philippe Falardeau Philippe Falardeau (Director, Screenwriter) Sigourney Weaver (Actress) Margaret Qualley (Actress) Joanna Rakoff (Author, Screenwriter, Executive Producer) Aurélie Godet (Moderation) ...
 

20.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VIDEO: The Jury adresses press at the opening conference

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International Jury 10.20 am Photo Call 10.30 am Press Conference Jeremy Irons - Jury President – United Kingdom, Actor   Bérénice Bejo – Argentinia, France, Actress Bettina Brokemper – Germany, Producer Annemarie Jacir – Palestine, Director Kenneth Lonergan – USA, Playwright, Filmmaker Luca Marinelli – Italy, Actor Kleber Mendonça Filho – Brazil, Director, Film Critic, Programmer Paz Lázaro (Moderation)...
 

20.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

EFA, IDFA and IFFR Call for Release of Deng Chuanbin

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The European Film Academy, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and International Film Festival Rotterdam call for the immediate release of Chinese filmmaker Deng Chuanbin (also known as Huang Huang). Huang, an independent documentary filmmaker living in Sichuan Province, was arrested by Chinese authorities on 17 May 2019.  That morning, Huang had tweeted a Chinese political meme, which referenced the Tiananmen Square protests that took place on 4 June 1989. He has...
 

20.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

BERLIN the day before...

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Berlinale Newsletters 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 I 7 I 8 I Animation in Focus I Final I FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:             Email us to be featured in the next  newsletters "Back with the bears" Feb 20th promising New Beginning for the 70th Berlinale with new team and a glittering red carpet ...
 

19.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Feb 20th promising New Beginning for the 70th Berlinale with new team and a glittering red carpet

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On February 20, the 70th Berlin International Film Festival will celebrate its glittering start in the Berlinale Palast. The first edition under the new management : Farewell Dieter Kosslick, welcome Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek thenew team on board! Minister of State for Culture and the Media Prof. Monika Grütters, Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller, as well as Festival Management Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian will kick off the ann...
 

19.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale 2020, Stars on the front and back pages of the dailies, and tomorrow on the red carpets

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By Alex Deleon,  filmfestivals.com   Still a day to go before the opening of the 70th edition of the Berlin Film Festival and the local papers are already setting the stage and whetting the appetites of  local film fans with flashy front and back page features on top stars, for example Dame Helen Mirren, 74, and superannuated Hollywood superstar Harrison Ford, 77.    The Broadsheet Berliner Zeitung shows 'Her Maj...
 

19.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Rights to Kalachakra documentary available: meet the team in Berlin

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Documentary - Completed 2017 83 minutes USA FRANCE Rights available Immersed in the colorful and vibrant setting of Dharamsala (India) four characters from very different background come together to face their deepest fears as they approach the transformational power of the Kalachakra initiation, led by the Dalai Lama and followed by millions. Mythic ritual ceremony revealed for the first time and filmed in its integrity by Natalie Fuchs and her team. Narrated by Uma Thurman   &n...
 

19.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

NRW @ Berlinale 2020: busy on all sections

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The Berlin International Film Festival is the most important film festival in Germany - with a strong presence from the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. With a total of 28 funded productions, the film foundation is represented in all major festival series. In addition, for the sixth year in a row, it is the official main partner of the industry platform "Berlinale Series Market and Conference" (formerly "Drama Series Days") as part of the European Film Market (EFM). At the &ldq...
 

19.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Voltage Pictures will launch international sales on director Timothy Woodward Jr.’s upcoming horror feature The Call

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Voltage Pictures will launch international sales on director Timothy Woodward Jr.’s (Hickok, The Outsider, The Final Wish) upcoming horror feature The Call, starring the Saw franchise’s Tobin Bell and the Insidious franchise’s Lin Shaye at the upcoming European Film Market, it was announced today by President and COO Jonathan Deckter. The script is written by Patrick Stibbs.   The highly anticipated feature, currently in production, is produced by Wonderfilm Media&rsqu...
 

19.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Arclight Films announce THE PORTABLE DOOR starring Christoph Waltz and Guy Pearce

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Christoph Waltz and Guy Pearce Enter The Portable Door, A New Feature Film from The Jim Henson Company and Story Bridge Films Arclight Films handling worldwide sales   The Jim Henson Company and Story Bridge Films have announced the production of The Portable Door, a new fantasy-adventure-comedy feature adapted from Tom Holt’s popular 6-book fantasy series, starring Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Spectre), with Guy Pearce (The King’s Speech, L.A. Confidential), and Patr...
 

19.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

DOK.fest München in Berlin

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Our team at Berlinale is now looking forward to the latest discoveries and inspiring encounters.         Daniel Sponsel Festival Director 25–28 February 2020 Adele Kohout Deputy festival director 20–26 February 2020 Ulla Wessler Programme  21–26 February 2020 Monika Haas Programme 21–28 February 2020 Sina Weber DOK.forum Marketplace 22–26 February 2020 Florina Vilgertsho...
 

19.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

First Look Footage in Berlin from Anti-Life aka BREACH (Bruce Willis) and ARTHUR & MERLIN: KNIGHTS OF CAMELOT (Richard Short)

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Film Mode presents first look promo premieres for new sci-fi and fantasy features that raise the genre bar, featuring Bruce Willis, Thomas Jane, Rachel Nicols, Cody Kearsley and Richard Brake     Film Mode Entertainment presents first look footage via brand-new promo premieres of new sci-fi/action feature Anti-Life (aka Breach) and action/fantasy thriller, ARTHUR & MERLIN: KNIGHTS OF CAMELOT at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin.     Directed by JOHN ...
 

19.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

The Berlinale has renamed the Silver Bear - Alfred Bauer Prize on suspicions of Bauer's Nazi sympathy

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The Berlinale Commissions Historical Expertise on Alfred Bauer and Awards a Special Prize for its 70th Anniversary In response to the recently published sources on the role of Alfred Bauer, the first director of the Berlin International Film Festival, in National Socialist film politics, the Berlinale has suspended the Silver Bear - Alfred Bauer Prize with immediate effect. Current newspaper reports suggest that Alfred Bauer had played a previously unknown role in the Nazi film bureaucr...
 

18.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

The team of the 8th WoS International Film Festival in town at Berlinale

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FROM FEBRUARY 20 TO 27, THE WoS TEAM WILL BE ATTENDING THE BERLINALE ! Philippe Bachman CEO & Artistic Director Hervé Bougon Program Adviser   Sadia Robein General Manager     The 8 WoS International Film Festival is going to take place from 29 Septem...
 

18.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Summer Hill Films at EFM 2020!

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EFM is this week! To see our new line up and trailers at EFM, please visit us at the Stand MGB (Martin-Gropius-Bau) #121 with Multivisionnaire. To schedule a meeting, please respond to this email. The titles below are available for worldwide and select territories. Please contact us for info and for trailers and more please visit our website at www.summerhillfilms.com!   Check out our new line up below.         ...
 

18.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Christopher André Marks’ feature documentary KING OTTO planned for release

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Piece of Magic Entertainment, Cinema Nolita and producer Shani Hinton have partnered on the worldwide theatrical release of Christopher André Marks’ upcoming feature documentary KING OTTO. The film chronicles the incredible underdog story of the 2004 Greek National Football team who, against all odds, won the European Championship under the leadership of legendary German football coach “King” Otto Rehhagel. The announcement was made tod...
 

18.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Haus of Blockchain is launching at Berlinale February 21st to 25th

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  Haus of Blockchain, an informative event bringing together the Film Industry and the Tech World is launching at Berlinale “Haus of Blockchain” opens during Berlinale 2020 a discussion about the  impact of the blockchain on the film industry. Haus of Blockchain brings together the leading minds of the international film-startup and tech scenes. Under the motto of blockchain x film, the meets-conference format braids together unexpected connections between the film sc...
 

18.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Russian World Vision EFM 2020 Line-Up

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RWV will be located at Marriott, suite 001 (Created in Moscow stand).     2020 | 96 min. | Russia WWII ...
 

18.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

SC Films @EFM 2020

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18.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Catalan Films and institutions attending Berlinale - EFM 2020

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  Catalan Films @ Berlinale - EFM 2020  Generation KPLUS Las Niñas 2020 / Pilar Palomero       ...
 

18.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

4 Exclusive Promos - Orange Studio EFM 2020

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  The House of Dior worked closely on the costumes and sets of the film   Our EFM Line-Up   ...
 

17.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Tokyo fest asian winner from China SUMMER KNIGHT picked up by Flash Forward Entertainment

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Dear Berlinale Participants,   We are glad to announce that we have just picked up a visually riveting new film from China - SUMMER KNIGHT, a nostalgic and revealing drama of a modest Chinese family set in the wet summer of the 1990s. The film has won the Best Film Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival Asian Future section last Nov.    Below you could find our EFM lineup and screening schedule. We look forward to setting a meeting with you to discuss our curren...
 

17.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Prolific Pictures skipping EFM

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Greetings from Prolific Pictures! It's 2020!  We are in a new year, the year of the Rat, and a new decade, the Roaring 20's, and a new world for the entertainment industry.   We've been seeing changes coming for the last few years, but AFM 2019 was a defining moment: Le Merigot n'est plus, whole lower floors and upper hallways of the Loews were EMPTY, AFM going forward will be 6 days not 8. The markets are shrinking, and AFM 2019 we believe will be seen as ...
 

17.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Summer Hill Entertainment/HS Productions bring Fantastic Japanese Anime Avaiable at EFM!

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      We have amazing Japanese animation from HS Productions available for worldwide territories. Please read more below.   The Law of the Universe Part 0     Story Ray, Anna, Tyler, Halle, and Eisuke are five high school students who are suddenly wrapped up in a mysterious incident. An alien species called Grey abducts Halle’s sister and embeds her with a special chip inside her brain. The five stand up to s...
 

17.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

New Additions to Vision Films’ Line Up

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Vision Films 333 Washington Blvd. #357 Marina Del Rey, CA 90292   ...
 

17.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Göteborg Film Festival’s Nostradamus will make a guest performance at EFM Horizon

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   "A Creative Explosion" –Nostradamus at EFM Horizon In a high-energy session, Göteborg Film Festival’s Nostradamus will make a guest performance at EFM Horizon, European Film Market’s hub dedicated to the transformation of the film and media sectors. In a presentation of the newly released 7th report ”A Creative Explosion”, media analyst and writer Johanna Koljonen offers a deep but high-paced look into topics such as the upcoming ...
 

16.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

IEFTA to host during EFM a panel focused on building relations between filmmakers and foundations

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The International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA), a Monaco based not for profit organization working with filmmakers from emerging economies, will partner for the second year in the “Berlinale Africa Hub,” an initiative of the European Film Market (EFM). Located in the Marriott Hotel Berlin, the Africa Hub provides an international forum for communication and networking for African filmmakers and creatives with distributors, buyers and other film profession...
 

16.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

EFM LINE-UP Rock Salt Releasing

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    EFM LINE-UP and SCREENING TIMES Feb 20-25, MGB Stand 166. ...
 

16.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

THE ROYAL BRIDE hits top 1 BO in 2020 - Available since Berlinale!

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SKYLINE proudly presents the latest records of their films Vietnam | January 2020 | Drama Comedy | 120 mins THE ROYAL BRIDE A film by Nam Cito & Bao Nhan <The Cougar Queen>, <The Last Egg>, <The Muse Story> TRAILER   ...
 

16.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

All Rights Ent : Berlin EFM Line Up

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           All Rights Entertainment Team will be attending European Film Market from Feb 20th - 26th at GROPIUS BAU 157       IN PRODUCTION ______________________________   GULLIVER RETURNS   90' - Ukraine - 2020 - Adventure / Comedy / Family English    World traveler and adventurer Gulliver is invited to return to Lil...
 

16.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Honey for the bears, second serving - BERLINALE EFM Preview N°2

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The Bears are patiently waiting for the opening next week: perspectives on EFM and Berlinale 70  Berlinale Newsletters 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 I 7 I 8 I Animation in Focus I Final I FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:             Email us to be featured in the next  newsletters "Back with the bears" ...
 

14.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

World Cinema Fund Day 2020 Feb 26 : Diversity / Director's Talk / Audience Design / Expansion of the Funding Programme

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  Berlinale World Cinema Fund (WCF) at the 70th Berlinale: WCF Day With a Focus on Director's Talk / Audience Design / Expansion of the Funding Programme / WCF-Film opens Panorama     Ana Carolina García, Sofía Cabrera in Las Mil y Una (One in a Thousand) by Clarisa Navas © Varsovia Films 15 Years of Diversity, Artistic Brilliance, Sustainable International Cooperation and the Promotion of Cinema For more than 15 years, the World Cinema F...
 

14.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Latest additions to events and programs at Berlinale and EFM

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Programme 2020 The Berlinale programme is now online. The complete programme of the 70th International Film Festival can be found here.   Berlinale Opening Live Across Germany With the kind support of ZDF/3sat and CinemaxX, on February 20 at 7.20 pm, the Opening Gala of the 70th Berlinale and the premiere of the opening film will be broadcast in cinemas in four German cities for the first time. In the CinemaxX cinemas in Hamburg-Dammtor, Munich, Essen and Halle (Saale), viewers ca...
 

14.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Radiant Films International launches sales on star-studded films “PERCY” and "BIG GOLD BRICK"

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Leading sales agent Radiant Films International has come on board to manage international rights on select Motion Picture Exchange (MPX) titles including two star-driven feature films; the political drama Percy starring Academy Award® winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter, Hairspray), Christina Ricci (Casper, The Opposite Sex), and Zach Braff (“Scrubs,” “Arrested Development”), and the star-packed comedy drama Big Gold Brick with Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: Episode...
 

14.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

IFTA members will have a strong presence in Berlin with dozens of companies selling at the European Film Market Booth 162

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IFTA Members Take on Berlin IFTA members will have a strong presence in Berlin with dozens of companies selling at the European Film Market (February 20-27). The IFTA Pavilion in Gropius Bau will host exhibition space for 13 member companies including, Adler & Associates Entertainment, Artist View Entertainment, The Asylum, CineTel Films, The Exchange, Fantawild Animation Inc., FILM.UA Group, Fantawild Animation Inc., KOAN, KSM, MarVista Entertainment, Octane Entertainment, One Cool Pi...
 

14.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Great Support for EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS

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EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS, EFP's initiative to spotlight Europe's 10 best up-and-coming acting talent, is widely regarded as an important stepping stone towards an international career – with past EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS including Carey Mulligan, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Pilou Asbaek and Alba Rohrwacher to name a few. Taking place over the first weekend of the Berlin International Film Festival, the initiative offers an extensive industry programme, includin...
 

14.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

PANEL 50/50 by 2020 – A Roadmap for the Future focusing on gender parity and inclusion

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50/50 by 2020 – A Roadmap for the Future Sunday, February 23, 2:15 – 3:30pm   An EFM Horizon event, co-hosted by the Swedish Film Institute Featuring a keynote by Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute   Participants include: Dame Heather Rabbatts DBE, Chair, TIME’S UP UK Delphyne Besse, co-founder and co-chair of Collectif 50/50   Moderator: Wendy Mitchell, Contributing Editor at Screen International.   Additional participants to be ...
 

14.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

BEYOND THE RAGING SEA will have it's Market Premiere at EFM

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INTERNATIONAL EMERGING FILM TALENT ASSOCIATION (IEFTA) PARTNERS FOR THE SECOND YEAR WITH THE EUROPEAN FILM MARKET ON THE BERLINALE AFRICA HUB TO PRESENT AND SUPPORT PANELS, SESSIONS, POP-UPS & RECEPTIONS   BEYOND THE RAGING SEA THE AMAZING TRUE-LIFE RESCUE STORY OF ADVENTURERS OMAR SAMRA AND OMAR NOUR PRESENTED BY IEFTA IN COLLABORATION WITH DHL, UNDP, AND UNHCR WILL HAVE ITS INTERNATIONAL ‘MARKET’ SCREENING PREMIERE AT EFM   The International Emerging Fi...
 

14.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Voltage Pictures has boarded international sales on writer-director Kyle Rankin’s upcoming thriller Run Hide Fight

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Voltage Pictures has boarded international sales on writer-director Kyle Rankin’s (Night of the Living Deb) upcoming thriller Run Hide Fight starring Thomas Jane (Deep Blue Sea, The Thin Red Line), Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill, Man On Fire) and Isabel May (“Alexa & Katie”, “Young Sheldon”) and will present the project to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market, it was announced today by company President and COO Jonathan Deckter.   Currently in po...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Cinema plural - Conference schedule

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Cinema plural A conference without a theme Opening conference of the Critics’ Week  Theaterdiscounter Berlin Berlin, 19 February 2020   What are the hopes of today’s filmmakers, critics and cinephiles? What do they resent, what do they demand? In 2020, the Critics’ Week is refusing to choose a theme for the opening conference. Instead, we’re inviting friends old and new to voice their concerns, to engage in discussion and find allies. Be ...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Aquarius Films has appointed seasoned industry executive Rachel Okine as Managing Director

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    The Academy Award-nominated production company Aquarius Films has appointed seasoned industry executive Rachel Okine as Managing Director with immediate effect, it was announced today by Aquarius Founders and Principal Producers Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford. Okine joins Aquarius at a dynamic time for the company whose upcoming slate of high-end, prestige projects across film and television includes Guy Pearce’s directorial debut Poor Boy, in which Pearce will also st...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

HanWay Films will handle international sales and distribution for writer and director Jasmine McGlade’s FENCER

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HanWay Films will handle international sales and distribution for writer and director Jasmine McGlade’s emotionally charged drama Fencer. The film is set in the highly competitive world of fencing, and Zoe Saldana (Avengers: Endgame, Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy) is attached to play Mae, an ambitious female athlete facing personal demons and childhood rivals as she vies for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. HanWay Films will commence sales at the European Film Marke...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

New Acquisitions and MPM PREMIUM's new banner for "New Visions"

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    Please find our EFM line-up.  Attending Feb 20th - Feb 27th at MGB, Unifrance booth   MARKET SCREENINGS @ EFM      NARDJES A. by Karim Aïnouz (The Invisible Life Of Euridice Gusmão, THF, Praia Do Futuro)   24 hours in the life of activist Nardjes A. in the heart of the 2019 Algerian protests.                     [World Premiere]      Feb 23 at 21...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

SHEPHERD: Hero Dog - screening in Berlin

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Blue Fox cordially invites you to a special screening of the family movie “SHEPHERD: STORY OF A HERO DOG” written and directed by Lynn Roth (The Little Traitor). Based on an acclaimed bestselling novel, SHEPHERD is the tale of Kaleb, a beloved German Shepherd caught in the middle of WW2. SHEPHERD | PROMO ...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Gravel Road Distribution at the EFM

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Gravel Road's Founder & CEO, Benjamin Cowley brings to EFM  a fine line-up of multi-award winning films from the African continent.   EFM FILM LINE-UP     ...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

JOUR2FÊTE and DOC&FILM INTERNATIONAL to launch new sales outfit THE PARTY FILM SALES

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  JOUR2FÊTE and DOC&FILM INTERNATIONAL to launch new sales outfit THE PARTY FILM SALES   After the acquisition of international sales company DOC&FILM INTERNATIONAL by Paris-based distribution and sales company JOUR2FÊTE, the two international sales teams now join forces under one same banner: THE PARTY FILM SALES. French distribution activity will remain under the same JOUR2FÊTE label.   The new outfit will sell both catalogues and wil...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Fantastic new titles at EFM

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13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Red Bull Films at EFM

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13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Preview of the Shooting Stars in Berlin 2020

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Photo Credits:  Joana Ribeiro © Ricardo Santos; Bilal Wahib © Frank Ruiter; Ella Rumpf © Andreas Lumineau; Levan Gelbakhiani © Natalia Ghlonti; Zita Hanrot © Marcel Hartmann for Netflix; Jonas Dassler © Stefan Klüter; Martina Apostolova © Konstantsa Getzova; Pääru Oja © Riina Varol;Victoria Carmen Sonne © Martin Dam Kristensen; Bartosz Bielenia © Sonja Orlewicz - Zakrzewska Filmfestivals.com team will attend and bring photo...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

VMI WORLDWIDE EFM 2020 - Line Up

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13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Come See Vision Films New Titles in Berlin!

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Many new titles for the market: Vision Films will be located at IFTA Pavillion N°162   ...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Intramovies line up at EFM

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  I     Intramovies will be attending EFM in Berlin  from February 20 to February 26, located at 03/C7 - Italian Pavilion MGB - Martin Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin ...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

AMBI 2020 EFM Line up

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        DIRECTOR: Ciro Guerra   (Embrace of the Serpent) CINEMATOGRAPHER: Chris Menges (Academy Award® Winner) COMPOSER: Marco Beltrami (Academy Award® Nominee) WRITER: J.M. Coetzee (Nobel Prize in Literature W...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

TomCat Films Presents NEW Horror Films!

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    TomCat Films is alive and well for 2020 and we have a slew of new, dark and dirty films for your horror and cult releasing needs.  These titles are available for international select territories.  Please contact us for info and for trailers and more. Please visit our website at www.tomcatfilms.com!                                     ...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Feminist Scripts in Cinema Now : a Panel discussion Berlinale 2020

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Join our 8th discussion and network meeting on the status of women in the film business and gender equity during the Berlinale. THE OTHER STORY: FEMINIST SCRIPTS IN CINEMA NOW Female characters in film and on TV define the way we see women and men in our society. Role models that differ from familiar stereotypes demonstrate possibilities beyond the norm, offer encouragement, deliver criticism and help viewers position themselves differently. The discussion aims to encourage film...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

ONE IN A THOUSAND to screen at Panorama

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  ONE IN A THOUSAND (Las Mil y Una) by Clarisa Navas                                                                                                                        &nbs...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

First Look at Andy Garcia as Ambassador Williams in Redemption Day

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  Andy Garcia as Ambassador Williams in Redemption Day Los Angeles, CA (January 30, 2020) -- Production has wrapped on the international political-action drama REDEMPTION DAY starring Andy Garcia, Gary Dourdan, Serinda Swan, Ernie Hudson, Martin Donovan, Samy Naceri and Brice Bexter. REDEMPTION DAY marks the feature film and directorial debut for Hicham Hajji, the first-ever Moroccan/Arab to write, produce and direct a major Hollywood feature film.    Shot in Morocco, ...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

FAITH at Berlin's critics week - Berlinale 70 

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FAITH by Valentina Pedicini BERLIN CRITIC'S WEEK BERLINALE 70 MARKET SCREENINGS: February 21 at 14:20 pm @CinemaxX 17 February 24 at 12:35 pm @CinemaxX16 “Eye-opening portrait of the isolated Italian religious sect Warriors Of Light… watching these everyday lives moves from an act of contemplation to interrogation” “Screen International” “FAITH is as disciplined and intriguingly opaque as the men and women it stud...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Myriad Pictures to present THE DEAD SPIT OF KELLY

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THE DEAD SPIT OF KELLY, a vibrant and anarchic dark comedy that celebrates life springing from death. The film will star Golden Globe® nominee Jason Isaacs (Hotel Mumbai, Harry Potter franchise, The Patriot), Colin Morgan (The Huntsman: Winter’s War, The Happy Prince, Legend) and Jessica Barden (The End of the F***ing World, Hanna, upcoming Pink Skies Ahead).   In turn-of-the-century Dublin, a diligent and dedicated taxidermist named Murphy (Morgan), is tormented by his boss...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

LAST AND FIRST MEN by Jóhann Jóhannsson, Narrated by Tilda Swinton world premieres special Gala section

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Berlinale Special Gala World Premiere for late composer’s final work LAST AND FIRST MEN by Jóhann Jóhannsson, which will world premiere in the Berlinale Special Gala section on Tuesday, February 25th, to our Berlin Slate. We are glad to share the press book here attached with further information on this unique project.   Narrated by Tilda Swinton and shot in stunning 16mm black and white, LAST AND FIRST MEN is a multi-faceted film experience by the late compose...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Ra'anan Alexandrowicz's THE VIEWING BOOTH Receives Int'l Premiere in Forum Section

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The Provocative New Documentary From Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (The Inner Tour, The Law in These Parts) Explores the Internal Experience of the Viewer   Film Receives International Premiere in Berlinale Forum Followed by True/False, CPH:DOX and NY’s First Look Film Festival   ...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Magnolia Pictures International EFM lineup

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Magnolia Pictures International will be mocated during EFM at Marriott - 1033   ASSASSINS DOCUMENTARY - 104 min DIRECTORS: Ryan White (Ask Dr. Ruth) FEATURING: Siti Aisyah, Doan Thi Huong, Kim Jong-nam A global investigation on the murder of Kim Jong Un's...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

DRY WIND by Daniel Nolasco in Berlin 2020 / Panorama

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BERLINALE 2020 - PANORAMA DRY WIND by Daniel Nolasco BRAZIL, 2020 - 110'   Sandro works at the Human Resources department at a mining company. When the working day ends, in the forest that surrounds the company, he has casual sex with his coworker Ricardo. Occasionally he swims in the public pool where he sees Maicon, but their eyes never cross. When Maicon starts to work at the same company, Sandro’s desires turn into obsession, and everything get...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Archstone Entertainment Puts Up DREAMCATCHER

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The rave of the year turns into a nightmare as a young group of friends are terrorized by a killer disguised as the headlining DJ, in this throwback 90’s horror with a modern twist. Starring: Zachary Gordon ("Diary of a Wimpy Kid" franchise) Adrienne Wilkinson ("Suspense", "Star Trek: Renegades") Lou Ferrigno Jr. ("S.W.A.T.")   Newly completed and available worldwide   COM...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Full program for Avant Première 2020

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  AVANT PREMIÈRE MUSIC + MEDIA MARKET BERLIN 2020 The full Avant Première programme is final! 22-26 FEB 2020 Berlin, Germany AVANT PREMIÈRE SCREENINGS Present your latest productions to 600 international experts, buyers, potential coproduction partners and financiers! Film Submission for the Avant Première Screenings are an exclusive benefit for Full + Affiliate IMZ Members only. READ MOR...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

The film programme of the Berlin Critics’ Week 2020

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  Tracing how elegance pertains to nocturnal fantasies and to African-American images of the past. Or how a local fight against all odds relates to the fleeting moments of youth. And then distances collapse: a techno sect encounters fragmented experiences from Bielefeld. The film programme of the 6th Berlin Critics’ Week is complete.   Baptism in "America" © 2019 Can elegance function as a politic...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

THE AMERICAN SECTOR takes viewers on a road trip to see fragments of The Berlin Wall, scattered across the United States

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WORLD PREMIERE AT THE BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL THE AMERICAN SECTOR   THE AMERICAN SECTOR takes viewers on a road trip to see fragments of The Berlin Wall, scattered across the United States. The feature-length film of Courtney Stephens and Pacho Velez will celebrate its World Premiere at the section Berlinale Special of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.     Director: Courtney Stephens and Pacho Velez USA, 2019, 68 min. Original language Englis...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Clear Horizon Entertainment at EFM 2020

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Clear Horizon horror production CHASING NIGHTMARES starring Anne Heche and Graham MacTavish was shot in December, and is now in post-production, and thriller THE UNDERTAKER'S WIFE will be going into production in two weeks. Footage of both will be available at AFM. RUSSIAN RAID (action MMA fighting movie) is in post-production and stars Ivan Kotik, kickboxing champion Vladimir Mineev, and powerlifting champion Kirill Sarychev. It will have a 1000 screen theatrical release in Russia in Apr...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

CONTENTS PANDA at EFM

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13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Attraction Distribution line up of action films in Berlin

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13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

IN SELECTION: The Twentieth Century by Matthew Rankin at the 70th edition of the Berlinale

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THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Matthew Rankin EUROPEAN PREMIERE AT THE 70TH BERLINALE       Maison 4:3 and Voyelles Films are proud to announce the official selection of The Twentieth Century by Matthew Rankin at the 70th edition of the Berlinale. Produced by Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette and Ménaïc Raoul, the satirical comedy will screen as an European Premiere in the Forum section of the festival, which is taking place from February 20 to March 1st.  ...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Red Rock Entertainment attending Berlin Film Festival

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  Red Rock Entertainment is a film finance company who works alongsite UK independant production companies, attending the Market.           ...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale with 11 french Talents

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Berlinale Talents is very proud to announce the selection of 255 film professionals -  126 women, 123 men and six that preferred to not state their gender - from 86 countries for the 18th edition of Berlinale Talents. In our most recent press release you’ll find more info about some of the exciting talents and links to the Talent profiles/projects.   11 of the chosen filmmakers are working and living in France, among them:   ·      &n...
 

13.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

The complete overview of all TEDDY films from this year’s Berlinale

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  You can also find the TEDDY AWARD 2020 programme over on the teddy awardss website. © Panaceia Filmes DOCUMENTARY / ESSAY © Aurora Films SHORT FILM   © Jack Davis SERIES   © House Productions Ltd. BERLINALE CLASSICS © TOEI COMPANY, LTD. BERLINALE TRIBUTE © 2020 Handmade Films FORUM Anniversary Programme © PRO-FUN MEDIA   ...
 

12.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

PINOCCHIO AND THE WATER OF LIFE introduced at EFM by Ytfinifni Pictures

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Dear Filmfestivals.com readers, we will keep this short and sweet to make the 45 seconds it takes to read this worth your time (yes, I timed it ) PINOCCHIO AND THE WATER OF LIFE is now all set for a release  in theaters at the end of 2021 in North America.        As every year we are attending the EFM in Berlin-Germany from February 20th to February 27th. Our stand is located at The Gropius Bau – YTINIFNI PICUTRES - Stand Numbe...
 

12.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Don't Read this on a Plane coming to Berlin ! (by Cardinal XD)

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  We are excited to present the BEAUTIFULLY SHOT FEMALE DISCOVERY / TRAVEL FILM  Don't Read this on a Plane. www.cardinalxd.com/dontreadthis   ...
 

12.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

EFM 2020 line-up for Memento Films International

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  Berlinale - EFM 2020 Line up & Screenings schedule DOWNLOAD OUR NEW LINE-UP HERE   PERSIAN LESSONS  by Vadim Perelman Market screening: Feb. 24th - 10:40am @ Gropius Bau Cinema MY SALINGER YEAR by Philippe Falardeau Market screenings Feb. 21st - 10:25am @ CinemaxX 9 Feb. 27th - 11:45am @ CinemaxX 2 &nbs...
 

12.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

The Orange Studio line up in Berlin

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  The Orange Studio International Sales team will be attending the European Film Market MGB - Stand 150 THE EFM LINE-UP WITH MARKET SCREENINGS FOR THE FANTASTIC JOURNEY OF MARGOT & MARGUERITE LABOR DAY HUSBAND, WIFE, KIDS...& LOVERS ISN'T SHE LOVELY MINE YOUR OWN BUSINESS IN SELECTION     PARADISE DRIFTERS ...
 

12.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

EFM Comedies from Adler Entertainment

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    Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance Winner of 6 Awards Nominated for an Additional 7 Director: Ned Ehrbar Language: English Running Time: 84 minutes Starring: Noah Segan (Looper), Jordan Hinson (Eureka), Ursula Mills (Peter Pan), Paul Telfer (Days of Our Lives), Tracie Thoms (The Devil Wears Prada), Jesse Bradford (Flags of our Fathers ) Synopsis: During his first visit to couples therapy, a listless Los Angeles writer (Noah Segan) discovers that he’s actua...
 

12.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

World Cup Heroes in Berlin with House of Film

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11.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Summer Hill Entertainment/HS Productions Japanese bring mega-hit feature films in Berlin!

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       IMMORTAL HERO (Live-action) Available Territories : Worldwide, excluding North America & Japan   Ready for immediate delivery!    ·     North America :  25 market theatrical release in US and 3 markets in Canada October 2019. ·     Japan : Theatrical release earned 700 million yen box office!   < Awards >    ·     Wor...
 

11.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlin'20: Sophia Lillis, Noomi Rapace, Charlie Plummer: The Thicket

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    Award-winning actors Sophia Lillis (IT, GRETEL & HANSEL) and Noomi Rapace (Netflix’s WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY, PROMETHEUS), and award-winning actor Charlie Plummer (Hulu’s Looking For Alaska) are attached to the thriller feature THE THICKET, joining Golden-Globe winning actor Peter Dinklage (HBO’s Game Of Thrones, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR). THE THICKET will be introduced to international buyers at the upcoming 2020 European Film Market, February 20-27, 2020 by...
 

11.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Screenmedia at EFM 2020

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  RECENT ADDITIONS TO THE LIBRARY: UNIVERSAL SOLDIER 3 REGENERATION Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren Directed by John Hyams 2009/97 Minutes UNIVERSAL SOLDIER 4 DAY OF RECKONING Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lungren Directed by John Hyams 2012/114 Minutes LONE SURVIVOR   Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch Directed by Peter Berg 2013/121 Minutes      ...
 

11.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Cardinal XD EFM Lineup

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11.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

TEDDY ACTIVIST AWARD goes to Chechnya activists

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The TEDDY AWARD, the world's most prestigious queer film award and the prize donor HARALD CHRIST, entrepreneur and longtime TEDDY supporter, will present the TEDDY ACTIVIST AWARD for the first time this year. The prize is connected with a prize money of 5.000 € and will be awarded on February 28th, 2020 during the 34th TEDDY AWARD ceremony in the VOLKSBÜHNE BERLIN. Inspired by the work and courage of so many activists* who fight for the ongoing struggle of sexual and gender mino...
 

07.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

The Bears are waiting: first perspectives on EFM and Berlinale 70

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Berlinale Newsletters 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 I 7 I 8 I Animation in Focus I Final I FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:             Email us to be featured in the next  newsletters "Back with the bears" Juries of the 70th Berlinale Jeremy Irons, President of the International Jury 2020 © Photo: Antonell...
 

07.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Evgenia Markova to Lead Russian Film Promotion Body Roskino

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The organization’s new chief looks to boost export potential of Russian content. Evgenia Markova has been appointed general director of Roskino, the Russian film promotion organization. Her selection was approved by the Roskino’s board of directors and supported by the Russian Culture Ministry based on the feedback of major Russian filmmakers, who acclaimed her work at international film markets. She replaces Catherine Mtsitouridze who left the post after nine years in the role....
 

07.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Juries of the 70th Berlinale

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  Jeremy Irons, President of the International Jury 2020 © Photo: Antonello&Montesi I Bérénice Bejo © Michel Hazanavicius I Bettina Brokemper © Martin Menke I Annemarie Jacir © Ammar Abd Rabbo I Kenneth Lonergan, kein Copyright (Privatfoto) I Luca Marinelli © Riccardo Ghilardi / Contour by Getty Images I Kleber Mendonça Filho © Ph. Lebruman   The International Jury   The members of the International Jury, which...
 

06.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

The 70th Berlinale Competition and Further Films to Complete the Program

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© Wolfgang Ennenbach/2019 Sommerhaus/eOne Germany   “The Competition films tell intimate and earth-shattering, individual and collective stories that have an enduring effect and gain their impact from their interplay with the audience. If there is a predominance of dark tones, this may be because the films we have selected tend to look at the present without illusion – not to cause fear, but because they want to open our eyes. The trust cinema places in humankind, ...
 

06.02.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale Goes Kiez 2020 Highlights

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      Since 2010, Berlinale Goes Kiez has honoured the vibrant diversity of cinemas throughout the capital and surrounding regions by featuring one local cinema as an additional Berlinale venue on each of seven consecutive evenings. Daily, from February 22 to 28, 2020, when the Red Carpet is rolled out in a different neighbourhood, not only the film teams will be in the limelight, but also the cinemas the...
 

28.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Numerous events focused on Diversity at the Berlinale

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    The advent of a more inclusive film industry constitutes one of this sector’s greatest structural challenges. Promoting the plurality of voices and a more inclusive society has been a crucial part of the Berlinale’s legacy since its founding in 1951. This is reflected annually in the film programmes of the various sections and special series as well as in the initiatives and special events of the Berlinale. Indeed, incl...
 

28.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

The Berlinale is very serious about Sustainability

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With the 70th Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival is reaffirming its commitment to the 2030 Agenda set out by the United Nations, including its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This will be communicated to the general public and industry professionals alike by means of a public exhibition. Over the course of several years, the festival has been gradually implementing an ever increasing number of sustainable projects in a variety of fields. With...
 

28.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Facebook Live stream from the Berlinale Press Conference wed 29th

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The press conference of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival will take place on Wednesday, 29 January 2020 at 10.30 am in the “Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung” (admission with invitation only).  The Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek and the Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian will give an insight into the anniversary edition and will also announce the programme of the Competition and further Berlinale Special Galas. After announcing the Comp...
 

28.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale Camera 2020: Tribute to Ulrike Ottinger

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Ulrike Ottinger © Jelka von Langen Since 1986, the Berlinale has awarded the Berlinale Camera to honour personalities and institutions who have made a special contribution to filmmaking and with whom the festival feels closely connected. In this manner, the Berlinale expresses its appreciation towards those who have become friends and supporters of the festival. At the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, the director and artist Ulrike Ottinger will be honoured with the Berlinale C...
 

28.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Six Classic Films in Digitally Restored Versions will have their world premiere in Berlinale Classics

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    Berlinale Classics 2020 will present the world premiere of the digitally restored versions of six classic films. The films are from Italy/France, Japan, Czechoslovakia, the UK/USA, Poland, and Germany. The Berlinale Classics series will open on February 21, 2020 at the Friedrichstadt-Palast with a screening of the 1924 silent film Das Wachsfigurenkabinett (Waxworks), with a live musical accompaniment.       The Berlinale Classics&nbs...
 

24.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

The 70th Berlinale to open With Philippe Falardeau’s My Salinger Year

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Sigourney Weaver, Margaret Qualley in My Salinger Year by Philippe Falardeau © micro-scope In launching the 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale Special Gala My Salinger Year by writer/director Philippe Falardeau will celebrate its world premiere on February 20, 2020 at the Berlinale Palast. The top-class cast of the Berlinale opening film stars Golden Globe winning and Oscar-nominated Sigourney Weaver, Margaret Qualley - most recently seen in Fosse/Verdo...
 

24.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Generation Take It to the Limit

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Maria Galant in Irmã (Sisters in the End of the World) by Luciana Mazeto and Vinícius Lopes With 59 competition entries, including 29 world premieres and eleven debut films from 34 countries and a share of female directors reaching 58%, the programme of the 43rd Generation is now complete. “A keen and open eye, the questioning of conventions and the often dramatic transgressions of borders make the films in the Generation programme partic...
 

22.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

The first films of the Berlin Critics' Week 2020

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  The city as a French battle zone, from Romanian star to Serbian diva, a ghost from the Nigerian past, Brazilian stories of violence, a Spanish summer with a water shortage, the hammock as a vantage point in Venezuela, birds singing in ancient Greek, and an Austrian surprise. The first films of the 6th Berlin Critics’ Week at a glance.     The Critics’ Week 2020 opens with an evening p...
 

22.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Cinema plural - A conference without a theme opens the Berlin Critics' Week 2020

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  Conference at Theaterdiscounter Berlin, Wednesday, 19th February 2020, from 6pm - Films and debates of the Critics’ Week from February 20th-27th, 2020 at the Hackesche Höfe cinema, always 8pm   What are the hopes of today’s filmmakers, critics and cinephiles? What do they resent, what do they demand? In 2020, the Critics’ Week is refusing to choose a theme for the opening conference. Instead, we’re inviting friends old and new to voice t...
 

22.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale Special Memory, Genre and Parable; Johnny Depp, Pinocchio, Agneska Holland and more

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The Berlinale Special takes audiences on a journey around the world and gives memory a special role. Whether it’s to remember a place, a life or following the scattered parts of the Berlin wall, these films offer on an unforgettable trip. The film selection also includes genre cinema such as thriller and western. High Ground is a western that was developed in close collaboration with the Indigenous communities of Australia. It pays homage to a territory (now...
 

22.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Panorama Crossing Borders

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Riz Ahmed in Mogul Mowgli von/by Bassam Tariq I © Mogul Mowgli / BBC Films Panorama Crossing Borders Young, political, combative: the 70th Berlinale Panorama tells of migration and the search for and discovery of an inner notion of home, the overexploitation of our planet and it unveils bold narratives of queer identities. Directors Karim Aïnouz, Andrea Štaka and Francisco Márquez as well as the actors Ben Whishaw, Sandra Hüller and Stellan Skar...
 

22.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

“Books at Berlinale” 12 books suitable for film adaptation at the Berlinale Co-Production Market

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  Books at Berlinale 2019 I © Lydia Hesse On February 24, publishers and literary agents will present 12 international new releases and bestsellers that are specifically suitable for film adaptations to interested film producers. On February 24, at the “Books at Berlinale” pitching event, a co-operation with Frankfurter Buchmesse, the Berlinale Co-Production Market will once again present twelve exceptional works of literature that are partic...
 

22.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Forum Galloping Between Different Eras

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Links: Reha-Xustina Bolekia Bueriberi in Anunciaron tormenta | A Storm Was Coming von/by Javier Fernández Vázquez (Kein Copyright) Mitte: Lúa vermella | Red Moon Tide von/by Lois Patiño © Zeitun Films 2020 Rechts: Şerban Lazarovici in Tipografic majuscul | Uppercase Print von/by Radu Jude © Silviu Ghetie Forum Galloping Between Different Eras The Berlinale Forum is celebrating its anniversary: 50 years of dedication to independent, adventurous, ...
 

22.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale Shorts Presents its Programme for 2020 and the International Short Film Jury

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Berlinale Shorts The Berlinale Short Film Competition celebrates the artistic freedom of the short form and offers a wide range of topics and narrative styles with 24 films from 18 countries. Fictional stories take centre stage, accompanied by idiosyncratic experiments and documentary essays or observations. More on the programme and the International Short Film Jury here.   Berlinale Special Multifaceted Programme The Berlinale Special is the most multifaceted section of th...
 

22.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Highlights on Encounters and on Special Programme "On Transmission"

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Gunda von/by Victor Kossakovsky © Egil Håskjold Larsen/Sant & Usant Encounters Programme Completed: Vitality of Cinema in All of Its Forms Encounters as additional competitive section will be introduced in 2020 for the first time. The 15 titles chosen for Encounters present the vitality of cinema in all of its forms. Each film presents a different way of interpreting the cinematic story: autobiographical, intimate, political, social, philosophical, epic, surreal. The f...
 

22.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Jeremy Irons will preside the International Jury at Berlinale 2020

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  © Photo: Antonello&Montesi  The acclaimed British film and theatre actor Jeremy Irons will serve as president of the International Jury at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival. The festival management of the Berlinale is honoured to have won Jeremy Irons for this anniversary edition. “With his distinctive style Jeremy Irons has embodied some iconic characters that have accompanied me throughout my journey in cinema, making me aware of the complexity of human ...

Robin Jonas joins Voltage Pictures as new Production Executive

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  Voltage Pictures has appointed industry heavyweight Robin Jonas as Production Executive and Producer with immediate effect, it was announced today by President and COO Jonathan Deckter. Jonas joins Voltage at a dynamic time for the company whose production slate includes the action-drama Ava starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, John Malkovich and Geena Davis and After We Collided, the upcoming sequel of one of the highest grossing independent film of 2019, After.   Jonas i...
 

09.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Shooting Stars Berlin 2020 announced the ten best up-and-coming actresses and actors from Europe

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EFP (European Film Promotion) proudly presents the ten best up-and-coming actresses and actors from Europe during the Berlin International Film Festival 2020.   photocredits: Joana Ribeiro © Ricardo Santos; Bilal Wahib © Frank Ruiter; Ella Rumpf © Andreas Lumineau; Levan Gelbakhiani © Natalia Ghlonti; Zita Hanrot © Marcel Hartmann for Netflix; Jonas Dassler © Stefan Klüter; Martina Apostolova © Konstantsa Getzova; Pääru Oja © Riina ...
 

09.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Waxworks by Paul Leni will open Berlinale Classics 2020 with a Digitally Restored Version

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Berlinale Classics The Berlinale Classics series will celebrate its opening on February 21, 2020 at the Friedrichstadt-Palast with a screening of the 1924 silent film classic Waxworks (dir: Paul Leni). Accompanied by new music from the Ensemble Musikfabrik from North Rhine-Westphalia, with Swiss-Australian conductor Elena Schwarz at the podium, this digital restoration under the aegis of the Deutsche Kinemathek and Cineteca di Bologna will be shown onscreen for the first time at the 70th Berl...
 

06.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

“King Vidor” Retrospective at Berlinale 2020

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Beyond the Forest   The Retrospective of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival will be dedicated to the American film director, producer, and screenwriter King Vidor (1894-1982) who holds a central place in the history of US cinema. Considered a key director towards the end of the silent era and in the Golden Age of Hollywood, Vidor left a lasting mark, combining his interest in social engagement with the desire to explore in depth the potential of cinematic language.   Vid...
 

06.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Julia Fidel appointed New Head for Berlinale Series, and “Drama Series Days” Becomes “Berlinale Series Market”

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  Julia Fidel   Over the years, episodic content has become a potent and steady part of the Berlinale programme. In February 2020, Zoo Palast cinema will once again host the Berlinale Series programme, which is open to the public. The successful industry platform taking place at the same location will henceforth be known as “Berlinale Series Market” (previously “Drama Series Days”). The “Berlinale Series Market” and its annual confe...
 

06.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale Forum: New Head Cristina Nord Appoints Selection Committee

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Film critic, author and curator Cristina Nord, head of Berlinale Forum since August 1, 2019, has assembled a new programming team.   Berlinale Forum aims to expand the understanding of what film is, to test the boundaries of convention and open up fresh perspectives to help grasp cinema and how it relates to the world in new ways. The programme can include anything that serves these ends: contemporary and historical, analogue and digital film; documentaries, essays and hybrid forms; a...
 

06.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

European Film Market expands: “EFM Landmark” offers an additional business platform for producers and film commissioners

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There is one interesting thing that Auckland, Barcelona, Bavaria, Cracow, Finnish Lapland, Jordan, Lisbon, Lviv, New York, Oslo, Rwanda, Sardinia, Scotland, Split-Dalmatia, Valparaíso, Vladivostok, the Western Cape and Zurich and almost 300 other cities, countries and regions all have in common with the city region of Berlin-Brandenburg — they have an active film commission.   Increasingly, film commissions have become essential partners for producers, not only assisting them...
 

06.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Interview with IMZ Secretary General Katharina Jeschke about the IMZ Academy Organizer of the Avant Premiere during Berlinale

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HOW HAS THE IMZ ACADEMY SERIES DEVELOPED SINCE IT FIRST LAUNCHED?                                                                         ...
 

06.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Avant Premiere returns during Berlinale 22-26 February 2020

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    AVANT PREMIÈRE MUSIC + MEDIA MARKET BERLIN Avant Première is the largest international trade fair for cultural TV content and presents latest film productions for worldwide transmission. Avant Première: See performing arts films before they premiere. CONNECTING THE PERFORMING ARTS + THE AUDIOVISUAL SECTOR   The IMZ International Music + Media Centre is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the performing arts through ...
 

06.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale 2020: the new heads at the selection committee installed by Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek

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Selection committee appointed / New heads for Panorama and Berlinale Shorts / Outlook onto 70th anniversary Carlo Chatrian as Artistic Director and Mariette Rissenbeek as Executive Director will officially take office on June 1, 2019. The future director duo have already been in contact with festival sections, initiatives and departments for some time now, learning about workflows and structures, and had the opportunity to gain further insights on location at the festival in February. Th...
 

04.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale 2020: New Directors Create Additional Competition Encounters

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New competitive section / new foreign delegates and advisors / changes for special series NATIVe and Culinary Cinema   After introducing the new selection committee (see press release from March 28, 2019) the new Berlinale director duo - Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian and Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek - present the first new developments within the festival programme. Now, alongside the traditional Competition and Berlinale Shorts awarding the Golden and Silver Bears, an addit...
 

04.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Cristina Nord Appointed as New Head of the Berlinale Forum

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  The film critic, writer, and curator Cristina Nord joined the directorship of the Forum section on August 1, 2019. Since it was founded in 1971, the Forum has taken place as part of the Berlin International Film Festival, curated and organised independently by Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art. Cristina Nord (born in 1968) served as film editor for the cultural section of the daily “taz. die tageszeitung” in Berlin from 2002 to 2015. Her writing deals w...
 

04.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale Welcomes Another Principal Partner: MagentaTV

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MagentaTV, Germany’s leading television platform, offers both TV programmes, exclusive series and films as well as streaming services all in one. The television and streaming service by Deutsche Telekom will be supporting the 2020 festival, joining ZDF, Audi and L’Oreal Paris as a Principal Partner of the Berlin International Film Festival. Among other features planned for the 2020 Berlinale by MagentaTV is its own festival lounge located at Zoo Palast, offering a wide spec...
 

03.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

Save the date_Feb 25 and attend the discussion on gender equity @ Berlinale 2020

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How about 50/50 in the audience for a change, i am tired of beeing a minority at the event :-) Bruno Chatelin On the occasion of this year's network event as part of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, we are discussing new feminist trends in the development of scripts together with FC Gloria and DrehbuchForum Vienna. For the 8th time, a top-class international discussion group will set a topic to promote equality in the media. Beyond the still pressing debates about quotas, ...
 

03.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

The New Poster for the Queer Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival

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The 34th TEDDY AWARD takes place within the framework of the Berlin International Film Festival from February 20, 2020 - March 1, 2020 and is awarded in the categories Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Short Film, Jury Award and the TEDDY Readers Award. The award ceremony and the glittering TEDDY After Show & Backstage PARTY will take place on 2Feb. 28, 2020 at the Volksbühne Berlin.Tickets for the 34th TEDDY AWARD ceremony and the After Show PARTY ar...
 

03.01.2020 | Berlin's blog

First Films announced for Berlinale' 2020

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Roberto Benigni in Pinocchio von Matteo Garrone © Greta De Lazzaris Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Panorama, Generation, Forum Expanded announce the first films and projects / Matteo Garrone's Pinocchio as the first guest in the newly conceived Berlinale Special Gala Fotos stehen Ihnen hier zum Download zur Verfügung: http://bit.ly/BerlinalePressefotos Bitte beachten Sie, dass die Veröffentlichung nur in Zusammenhang mit der Berlinale-Berichterstattung honorarfrei ist. Phot...
 

20.12.2019 | Berlin's blog

“Berlin Film Residencies”: Medienboard, Nipkow and Berlinale Launch New Joint Website for Filmmakers

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  Medienboard, the Nipkow Programm and the Berlinale have formed a cooperation to pool their know-how and networks in the field of film scholarships. The new "Berlin Film Residencies" portal provides an overview of the different scholarship programmes supported by the Medienboard: the BERLIN Artist-in-Residency (BERLIN AiR), the Nipkow Programm and the HAUS AM SEE Scholarship.  International filmmakers can use this portal to learn how and where they can apply for a work sch...
 

20.12.2019 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale Talents 2020 goes "Collectives"

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Focus on “Collectives” in 2020 / Mastercard Becomes a Co-Partner with the New Enablement Programme In 2020, Berlinale Talents is going collective: the six-day summit (February 22 to 27) looks at proven and experimental community models in four creative fields: “Cinema”, “Film Set”, “Company” and “Society”. Collectives from the film, art and theatre worlds will come to Berlin for the nearly 100 talks, workshops and networking events, ...
 

20.12.2019 | Berlin's blog

Actor Samuel Finzi Will Host Opening Gala and Awards Ceremony

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The 70th Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 20 - March 1, 2020. The anniversary edition will be the first Berlinale headed by Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek and Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian.   The directors have invited award-winning film and stage actor Samuel Finzi to host the festival opening on February 20, and the glamourous Awards Ceremony on February 29, 2020. “We’re very pleased that Samuel Finzi will be hosting the inaugu...
 

20.12.2019 | Berlin's blog

The Berlinale World Cinema Fund Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary and Announces Newest Funding Selections

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  The World Cinema Fund (WCF) looks back on 15 years of successful film funding. Since its founding, funding has gone to 232 film projects. Founded in 2004, the initiative’s aim is to promote the development of world cinema, to enrich the cinematic landscape in Germany, and to encourage international exchange with its cooperation framework. The German Commission for UNESCO welcomed the foundation of the World Cinema Fund as a solid contribution towards strengthening cultural divers...
 

20.12.2019 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale Classics 2020: Waxworks by Paul Leni – World Premiere of the Digitally Restored Version

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  The Berlinale Classics series will celebrate its opening on February 21, 2020 at the Friedrichstadt-Palast with a screening of the 1924 silent film classic Waxworks (dir: Paul Leni). Accompanied by new music from the Ensemble Musikfabrik from North Rhine-Westphalia, with Swiss-Australian conductor Elena Schwarz at the podium, this digital restoration under the aegis of the Deutsche Kinemathek and Cineteca di Bologna will be shown onscreen for the first time at the 70th Berlin Internation...
 

20.12.2019 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale Documentary Film Award 2020: rbb is the New Award Sponsor and rbb media is a Berlinale Co-Partner

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  As of 2020, the Berlinale Documentary Film Award will be endowed with € 40,000 in prize money sponsored by public broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb). Thanks to the support from rbb, the award for the best documentary film will also be presented at the Berlinale in the future. Starting in 2020, rbb media will be involved with the festival as a co-partner. The partnership is agreed for five years.   In total, approximately 18 current documentaries from the sections C...
 

20.12.2019 | Berlin's blog

70 years anniversary edition with, new posters, new look, no bears?

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The poster series of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, designed by State – Design Agency. On the occasion of the anniversary, there will be three posters. The yellow designed poster will be the main one and seen more frequently. In addition there will be two more designs. © Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin / State – Agentur für Design, Berlin Key Visual for the 70th Anniversary The 2020 Berlinale marks the 70th edition of the Berlin Internati...
 

20.12.2019 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale 2020: Chile will be “Country in Focus” at the EFM

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  v.l.n.r. / FLTR: Victor Abujatum (First Secretary), Matthijs Wouter Knol (Director EFM), Mariette Rissenbeek (Executive Director Berlin International Film Festival), Cecilia Mackenna (Ambassador of Chile to Germany), Diego Torres (Director ProChile Germany) © Birgit Heidfeld   During the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in 2020, Chile will be “Country in Focus” at the European Film Market (EFM). EFM’s “Country in Focus” programme was ...
 

05.11.2019 | Berlin's blog

Berlinale Spotlight: Berlinale Shorts in Chile

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    The Berlinale has been presenting specially curated film programmes around the globe for many years. Berlinale Spotlight is an extension of the main festival in February and makes Berlinale activities visible throughout the year.   The 15th SANFIC Santiago International Film Festival (August 18 - 25, 2019) presents Berlinale Spotlight: Berlinale Shorts in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Chile. In 2020, Chile will be the “Country in Focus” at the European F...

 

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