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Panorama Celebrates Two Milestones In 2011

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  The Panorama section of the Berlinale, known for its edgy programming, is celebrating two significant anniversaries this year. The first is the 30 year involvement of Wieland Speck, the handsome honcho who began his involvement as an assistant to the legendary Manfred Salzgaber, a producer and film exhibitor who began the section as an alternative to the somewhat stuffy programming of the main Berlinale section. With an emphasis on queer and outsider cinema, the Panorama was event...

Berlinale Opening 2011: Cowboy Boots to Kick Off Race for Bears

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  Minister of State for Culture Bernd Neumann, Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit, Jury President Isabella Rossellini and Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick will open the 61st Berlin International Festival on February 10 at 7.30 pm. During the opening gala, which will be hosted by Anke Engelke, the International Jury will be introduced. Music will be provided by the Beatsteaks. 3sat will broadcast the event live. This will be followed by the international premiere of Joel ...

The complete list of official Sponsors who support the Berlinale

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  "Our contracts with L'ORÉAL PARiS and BMW have been extended until 2013. And both ZDF broadcasting station and TESIRO have expressed interest in continuing our partnerships beyond 2011. We are also particularly pleased to welcome two interesting new companies on board as co-partners: ENTEGA green energy supplier and GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL watch manufactory. Besides the continued support of Minister of State for Culture Bernd Neumann, the financial and creative contributions of our spon...

Berlin 61 Kicks Off with True Grit

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If  John Wayne is up there watching from the Great Beyond in the Sky over Berlin, he must be truly gritting his teeth to see a younger Good Ole Boy, name o' Jeff Bridges, reaping the kudos and leading the pack into Potsdamer Platz on opening night, while wearing the same black eye-patch Wayne did in the original version of this gritty All-American western. Of course, Big John did pick up an Oscar for his turn as Rooster Cogburn, the alcoholic, one-eyed, straight-shooting lawman, back in 1969...

Honorary Golden Bear for Armin Mueller-Stahl

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Homage to the Actor at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival   Since 1982 the Berlin International Film Festival has regularly honored outstanding individuals in the world of national and international film for their life's work. In 2010, the festival's Honorary Golden Bear was awarded to Hanna Schygulla, an actress whose career is intimately linked with the work of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. In 2011, this award is being bestowed on an actor who first won international reno...

Giddy Yup, Mein Herr

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  At first glance it seemed like an odd fit.....a Western to open the 2011 edition of the Berlinale? Well, it helps that the cowboy tale is written and directed by two of the most respected film auteurs in the business....Joel and Ethan Coen. TRUE GRIT, the remake of the 1968 film that won John Wayne his only Oscar, is not only a tour de force for les freres Coens but has emerged, rather unexpectedly, as one of the major box office bonanzas of the year. It is far and away the most succes...

40 films from all sections of the 61th Berlin International Film Festival have been nominated for the TEDDY AWARDs 2011

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  On February 18th 2011, the 9-headed international TEDDY jury, with representatives from the USA, Hungary, Thailand, Latvia, Brasil, England, South Korea, Mexico and Australia, will be announcing the winners on the 25th TEDDY AWARD gala. For further information about TEDDY AWARD 2011, visit: http://www.teddyaward.tv/   All information about the films can be found on: http://news.teddyaward.tv/de/programm/ ...

German Cinema - LOLA@Berlinale,

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With box office hits and award winning films, the German film industry is at a commercial and creative highpoint. For many years, a selection of German films has been spotlighted in the German Cinema series, which takes on a new form as of 2011.   Entitled German Cinema - LOLA@Berlinale, the programme will present films longlisted for the German Film Awards (aka Lola) by the German Film Academy. The series will remain an outstanding and important component of the European Film Market. ...

Figures from EFM 2010

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Figures and stats for the European Film Market (2010 edition). The past edition, the EFM played host to 419 companies from 50 countries in the Martin-Gropius-Bau and the EFM Marriott Offices. Facts & Figures of the EFM 2010 EFM Participants 6,450 Nationalities 81 Number of films 666 ...

EFM Industry Debates 2011 - Spotlight On Current Industry Trends

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  In their fifth consecutive year, the EFM Industry Debates highlight current trends in the industry. This year the industry event, hosted by the EFM from 11 - 13 February in cooperation with the international trade magazines Screen International, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, will focus on independent film finance, the changing role of the sales agent in the current economic climate and the future of 3D.   Friday, 11 February 2011: Independent Film Finance In ...

Meet the Berlinale team

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Belinale Poster  The poster for the Berlinale 2011 was conceived by the Boros Agency. Just like in the last years, a single motif represents the entire Berlinale. For the sake of unified communication there will be no separate section posters.                                   The team   &...

Jafar Panahi - Filmmaker of the World

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  Shortly after the Berlinale invited Jafar Panahi to be on this year's International Jury, he was sentenced to six years in prison and banned from filmmaking for the next 20 years. Ever since, people have been protesting worldwide against this verdict as it violates the right to freedom of opinion and expression in the arts.     The Berlin International Film Festival very strongly condemns the harsh sentences imposed on the distinguished Iranian director Jafar Pan...

The Berlinale jury keeps an open seat for Jafar Panahi

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Isabella Rossellini is one of the most renowned actresses in international cinema. In recent years she has also made her mark as a producer and director. The daughter of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian director Roberto Rossellini has played in more than 40 feature films and worked with such directors as Robert Zemeckis, Joel Schumacher, Peter Weir, Abel Ferrara, Peter Greenaway and David Lynch or John Schlesinger, with whom she filmed The Innocent in Berlin in 1992. She celeb...

Berlinale Forum Expanded 2011: Parallel Worlds and more

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42 artists, filmmakers, performers and musicians from 16 countries will present cinematic works in exhibitions, screenings, radio broadcasts and on stage. Parallel Worlds is the title of an exhibition at Salon Populaire (Kunstsaele Berlin) about the ability of images to create connections between worlds and thereby merge with them, set them in motion or detach themselves from them. The exhibition is also about the autonomy of images and their historical life span.   The foc...

Berlinale Retrospective Ingmar Bergman

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Retrospective Ingmar Bergman: Guests and Events Few film directors have worked as consistently over decades with the same team as Ingmar Bergman. With Harriet Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom and Liv Ullmann, three of Bergman's most outstanding actresses will not only present "their" films at the Berlinale, but also converse in detail publicly about life and work with Bergman for both the screen and the stage.   When Bergman cast the Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann in Persona (1965/66) becaus...

The 41st Forum: Cracks in the Facade

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A surprisingly large number of films in the programme of the 41st Berlinale Forum revolve around family, relationships and identity. Although exploring the human psyche is the number one subject for independent filmmakers from the whole world, the majority of these films in this year's selection can also be read politically within the context of social change and political upheaval.   In this way, artist Kelvin K. Park's documentary Cheonggyecheon Medley places the threatened demolition of a tr...

Solidarity with Jafar Panahi

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In support of the convicted Iranian director Jafar Panahi, the Berlin International Film Festival is launching a number of initiatives at the upcoming Berlinale. In his films, Jafar Panahi critically explores the social situation in his homeland. His conviction violates the right to freedom of opinion and expression in the arts.   In 2011 the Berlinale will show several films by Jafar Panahi in a number of its sections and so draw attention to the extraordinary oeuvre for which this art...

The Competition of the 61st Berlinale complete line up of films

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The selection for the Competition programme of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival has been completed. It includes 22 films, 16 of which will be competing for the awards. In addition there will be two special screenings: In solidarity with the convicted Iranian director Jafar Panahi, his film Offside will be presented on February 11, the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. Also, the European premiere of Werner Herzog's 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams will be shown as a...

Berlinale Panorama 2011 with Renowned Directors, Three Films on India and Many New Discoveries

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Now that the programme is almost complete it can be said that in the aftermath of the financial crisis truly independent cinema is at an advantage. The themes of many first films are daring and hence inspiring, as seen in the work of Israeli filmmaker Michal Aviad who, set against the backdrop of the interminable Palestinian-Israeli conflict, has her protagonists work through traumas in Lo Roim Alaich (Invisible), or with French director Céline Sciamma whose Tomboy portrays the coming of age of...

Rewind: a look back at Berlinale's edition 2010

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"But abundance suits this festival, which draws crowds to commercial movies and challenging experimental work alike, even in the dead of a snowy, bitterly cold winter. While Sundance and Cannes can seem at once hermetic and frenzied - somewhat surreal media happenings in resort towns crammed beyond capacity - the Berlinale takes place in an art-saturated city that comfortably accommodates eclecticism and excess." (New York Times)  Metropolis at the Brandenburg Gate ...

Coen Brothers' True Grit to Open the 61st Berlinale

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  The 61st Berlin International Film Festival will open with True Grit by Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen at the Berlinale Palast on February 10, 2011. "Joel and Ethan Coen stand for first-rate American independent cinema. With their penchant for irony, and off-the-wall characters and stories they have repeatedly captivated audiences," comments Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick. "True Grit is a wonderful way to kick off the Berlinale 2011." &nb...

Berlinale 2010 two lasting film moments and some stars

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Awards by the specialized juries at the berlinale sometimes are a better indication of the quality of the productions selected than the official awards, though in the 2010 berlinale edition, few disputed the selections of the jury run by Werner Herzog and concurred with the choice of awards for BAL, THE GHOSTWRITER, CATERPILLAR, HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER, and IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE. These films obtaining the golden or silver bear awards, let in Herzog’s word the viewer discern dark corn...

Interview with Berlinale’s 2010 Panorama : Wieland Speck

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Wieland serves as the Director of the Panorama section and the Teddy Awards. He has worked at the berlinale for 30 years as a programmer, was appointed head of Panorama in 1993 and has managed the Teddy awards ever since. His first film was shown at the berlinale in 1981.  Wieland has lived in Berlin since 1982.  He studied drama, literature and ethnology and worked on numerous video and film projects with an early focus on the men's movement and homosexual identity. Among ...

Jud Süss hits a raw nerve in Berlin

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JUD SÜß-- A Film With a Conscience about a Film Without a Conscience Hits a Raw Nerve in Berlin "JUD SÜß" (Jew Sweet), was the title of a film commissioned by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels in 1940, to be made as an anti-Semitic vehicle intended to inflame the German people against the Jews of Germany and set the stage for their extermination, then in the early planning stages. "Jud Süß -- Film ohne Gewissen" is the title of a new film by ace German direct...

2010 berlinale: JUD SUESS resurrected

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In German and Jewish themed film festivals the focus on the Third Reich and the Holocaust remains essential as expressed in the large number of features and documentaries screened on those topics. The New York Jewish Film Festival excelled earlier this year with documentaries like EINSATZGRUPPEN: THE DEATH BRIGADES (Michal Prazan) and FORGOTTEN TRANSPORTS: TO POLAND (Lukas Pribyl) or features like GRUBNER'S JOURNEY (Radu Gabrea) and PROTECTOR (Marek Najbrt). These films may differ in their cre...

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