Berlin International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Berlinale | Berlin International Film Festival
SINCE: 1951
WHERE: Berlin, Germany, Europe
WEBSITE: www.berlinale.de
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Berlin: an exciting, cosmopolitan cultural hub that never ceases to attract artists from around the world. A diverse cultural scene, a critical public and an audience of film-lovers characterise the city. In the middle of it all, the Berlinale: a great cultural event and one of the most important dates for the international film industry. Around 300,000 sold tickets, almost 20,000 professional visitors from 130 countries, including about 4,000 journalists: art, glamour, parties and business are all inseparably linked at the Berlinale.

2013 Berlin International Film Festival Completes Panorama Program Lineup

2013 Berlin International Film Festival Completes Panorama Program Lineup

Yesterday Never Ends

The Panorama section lineup for the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival is now officially complete with a total of 52 feature films. 16 films are showing in the main program, another 16 are in Panorama Special, 20 features are screening in Panorama Dokumente and two short films will be shown as supplements. 

Ayer no termina nunca (Yesterday Never Ends) by Isabel Coixet, is the last addition to the Panorama Special section. “Spain is at the lowest point of the crisis, more than seven million people are unemployed. A couple meet at their son’s grave, which has to make way for a new casino town. Anger, hatred and bitterness erupt. A nightmarish film that goes far beyond personal grief to evoke the end of a society.”

The Panorama Dokumente will open with the world premiere of a Swedish documentary, Simon Klose’s TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard. “In the early years of the 21st century, the Pirate Bay, a Swedish file sharing platform that allows Internet users to share films and music, grew enormously. The trial against the founders appears to be an unequal fight between Hollywood and three open-minded computer hackers, who come across very differently in Klose’s film than Hollywood’s media lawyers depict them. The film will be released for free online at the same time as it premieres in Panorama.”

The following newly announced titles, completes the line-up of films:

Perspektive Deutsches Kino Program Lineup at 2013 Belinale, to Open with Stephan Lacant’s Freier Fall

Perspektive Deutsches Kino Program Lineup at 2013 Belinale, to Open with Stephan Lacant’s Freier Fall

Stephan Lacant’s film Freier Fall

The Perspektive Deutsches Kino program at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival will open with Stephan Lacant’s film Freier Fall. Max Riemelt (Kay), Katharina Schüttler (Bettina) and Hanno Koffler (Marc) are the protagonists in a love triangle, in which Marc and Bettina are expecting a child at the same time as Marc falls in love with his colleague Kay.

Three of the fictional films – Silvi (directed by Nico Sommer), DeAD (directed by Sven Halfar) andEndzeit (directed by Sebastian Fritzsch) – were self-produced by their respective filmmakers. Silvi is unmistakably set in Berlin. In it the 47-year-old title character (Lina Wendel) starts afresh after separating from her partner. DeAD is exquisite pulp fiction from Hamburg: following his mother’s suicide, cool Patrick (Tilman Strauß) shows up at his unknown father’s 60th birthday party and immediately makes it clear that things are about to escalate. And Endzeit  depicts survival after a catastrophe, when a young woman (Anne von Keller) turns hunter to still her hunger.

Two fictional film-academy works explore the boundaries between fictional and documentary film. Anne Zohra Berrached’s Zwei Mütter portrays in an almost documentary style a couple’s wish for a child (Sabine Wolf and Karina Plachetka) and their discovery that most sperm banks do not provide services to same-sex couples. In his 60-minute film Die Wiedergänger, director Andreas Bolm avoids presenting the world in documentary form, but instead seeks the point where fiction begins. The outcome is an artistically austere film about loss and eternal return.

Perspektive Deutsches Kino film lineup

Nine More Films Added to Competition Program for 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

Nine More Films Added to Competition Program for 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

Side Effects

Another nine films have been selected for the Competition Programme of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. Among the nine films is the International Premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum and the World Premiere of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s Parde (Closed Curtain).

Isabella Rossellini, Hélio Oiticica And Richard Foreman In The Forum Expanded Program at 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

Isabella Rossellini, Hélio Oiticica And Richard Foreman In The Forum Expanded Program at 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

The 8th Forum Expanded film program of the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival will feature the work of Isabella Rossellini, Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica, and Richard Foreman. Isabella Rossellini returns to the festival to showcase her new work,  Mammas, described as the continuation of the Green Porno series of short films, which she presented at the Berlinale in 2008. Once again, the actress and director takes on a broad range of different animal roles – this time round in order […]

Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster to Open the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster to Open the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

The international premiere of The Grandmaster by Chinese director and president of this year’s jury, WONG Kar Wai, will open the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. The Grandmaster is an epic martial arts drama set against the tumultuous backdrop of 1930’s China and inspired by the life and times of the legendary IP Man (Tony LEUNG Chiu Wai), mentor to Bruce LEE. The plot encompasses themes of war, family, revenge, desire, love, and memory. The all-star cast headed […]

First Films Announced for the Panorama Section of 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

First Films Announced for the Panorama Section of 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

Frances Ha
Frances Ha

Films from the US featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julianne Moore, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Amanda Seyfried, Juno Temple and Noah Baumbach were among the first films announced for the Panorama section of the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. Other films included on the lineup include works by European filmmakers, such as Lars Kraume and Felix van Groeningen.

Documentary films announced include those tackling explosive international issues, such as Palestine and the Middle East in State 194 and Alam laysa lana (A World Not Ours); or they attempt to come to terms with the past in Indonesia, as in The Act of Killing. The film Gut Renovation focuses on the rapid advance of gentrification in Western countries. And a portrait is dedicated to one of the most inspirational figures of German cinema: Roland Klick. The Panorama Dokumente series will make up about one third of the entire programme.

Fictional films in the Main Programme and Panorama Special (15)

Poster Unveiled for 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

Poster Unveiled for 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival unveiled the poster for the 2013 festival which will take place from February 7 to 17, 2013. “The poster for the Berlinale 2013 will again add a bright note to the city’s winter landscape and set the mood for the Festival. The Berlinale Bear has no time to sleep in winter,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.

15 FIlms Invited to Compete in Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus at 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

15 FIlms Invited to Compete in Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus at 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

Baby Blues – Poland By Kasia Rosłaniec

Fifteen films have already been invited to compete in Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. The early list includes 3 films from the US including Hide Your Smiling Faces directed by Daniel Patrick Carbone, The Cold Lands directed by Tom Gilroy and Tough Bond by Austin Peck, Anneliese Vandenberg. The complete Generation program will be announced in mid January. The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival will run February 7 – 17, 2013.

Films include:

First Six Films Announced for 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

First Six Films Announced for 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

Paradies: Hoffnung (Paradise: Hope)

The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival has picked the first six films for the Berlinale’s Competition section. They include Gloria from Chile/Spain, Nugu-ui Ttal-do Anin Haewon (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon) from Republic of Korea, Paradies: Hoffnung (Paradise: Hope) from Austria/France/Germany, Poziţia Copilului (Child’s Pose) from Romania, Promised Land starring Matt Damon and the animanted 3D film, The Croods from the US. In addition, Christian Rost and Claus Strigel will present the world premiere of their documentary Unter Menschen (Redemption Impossible) in the Berlinale Special.

French documentary filmmaker and producer Claude Lanzmann will be honored with a Homage and awarded the Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.

Claude Lanzmann’s film Shoah (1985) made cinematic history as an unparalleled masterpiece of commemorative culture. The nine-and-a-half hour documentary on the genocide of European Jews was screened in the Berlinale Forum in 1986 and received numerous international awards. The preparation and film work for Shoah lasted nearly twelve years. In the film, Lanzmann shows only interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Shoah, including perpetrators, and visits sites of extermination, vividly calling into consciousness the unfathomable horrors of the Nazi genocide.

Italian Documentary Caesar Must Die Wins Golden Bear at 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

Italian Documentary Caesar Must Die Wins Golden Bear at 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

The Italian film, Caesar Must Die, (Cesare deve morire) by directors Paolo & Vittorio Taviani was awarded the top prize, the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.

Filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani spent six months following rehearsals for the stage production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar; their film demonstrates how the universality of Shakespeare’s language helps the actors to understand their roles and immerse themselves in the bard’s interplay of friendship and betrayal, power, dishonesty and violence. This documentary does not dwell on the crimes these men have committed in their ‘real’ lives; rather, it draws parallels between this classical drama and the world of today, describes the commitment displayed by all those involved and shows how their personal hopes and fears also flow into the performance.

All the awards – official and independent juries – of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival  {jathumbnail off}

62nd Berlin International Film Festival Completes Competition With Addition of Chinese Film White Deer Plain

62nd Berlin International Film Festival Completes Competition With Addition of Chinese Film White Deer Plain

With Wang Quan’an’s Bai lu yuan (White Deer Plain) from the People’s Republic of China, the Competition of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival is now complete. 18 films will be vying for the Golden and Silver Bears in the Berlinale Palast. A total of 23 films will be showing in the Competition programme. There will also be two special screenings in the Berlinale Palast. Bai lu yuan (White Deer Plain) People’s Republic of Chinaby […]

27 Films Qualify for Best First Feature Award at 2012 Berlinale

27 Films Qualify for Best First Feature Award at 2012 Berlinale

Debut feature films from the sections Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation and for the first time also debut films from the Perspektive Deutsches Kino will compete for the Best First Feature Award in 2012. The award is endowed with 50,000 Euros to be split between the producer and the director of the winning film. The winners will be announced at the official award ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on February 19. A three-person jury will decide […]

Special Screenings Added to 2012 Berlinale Forum Program

Special Screenings Added to 2012 Berlinale Forum Program

With the addition of a series of Special Screenings to the titles already announced, the program of the Berlinale Forum is now complete. In the documentary Lawinen der Erinnerung, Dominik Graf, one of Germany’s most influential film and television directors, puts together a portrait of another leading television personality in the form of author, director and producer Oliver Storz. In the process, his film also contributes to German television history and German history in general. […]

US Film Electrick Children to Open Generation 14plus competition at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

US Film Electrick Children to Open Generation 14plus competition at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

The Generation 14plus competition at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival will open with the US directorial debut Electrick Children by Rebecca Thomas. The director and her leading actors Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Rory Culkin (Lymelife) and Billy Zane (Titanic) are expected on the red carpet for this world premiere on February 10. Garner plays a young Mormon who breaks out of her strict religious community and plunges herself into the nightlife of […]

Panorama Lineup for 2012 Berlinale is Complete

Panorama Lineup for 2012 Berlinale is Complete

This year’s Panorama is presenting 53 feature films: 18 in the main programme, 15 in Panorama Special and 20 in Panorama Dokumente. Among the final films to be included in the Panorama is the US indie Cherry with Heather Graham, James Franco and Lili Taylor. It portrays a confident young woman who explores her own sexuality and has to deal with the prejudice of those around her. In The Convoy, Alexei Mizgirev presents an apocalyptic […]

Film Lineup of 6th Culinary Cinema of the 62nd Berlinale

Film Lineup of 6th Culinary Cinema of the 62nd Berlinale

“Trust in Taste” is the motto of the 6th Culinary Cinema of the 62nd Berlinale that will be held from February 12 to 17, 2012. Fifteen films about food and the environment will be presented in the Martin-Gropius-Bau. This year’s Culinary Cuisine includes a remarkable number of premieres. In Felipe Ugarte’s and Juantxo Sardon’s Mugaritz B.S.O., musician Felipe Ugarte translates delicious and visually pleasing culinary dishes made by Basque star chef Andoni Luis Aduriz from […]

7 Films Added to Competition program of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival

7 Films Added to Competition program of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival

With seven more films, the Competition program of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival is nearing completion. To date it includes 22 films, of which 17 are vying for the Golden and Silver Bears. 18 films will celebrate their world premieres in the Competition of the Berlinale 2012. A special screening of Steven Soderbergh’s action thriller Haywire in the Berlinale Palast will supplement the programme. Like last year, the winner of the Golden Bear will […]

Berlinale Announces Short Film Lineup and Jury for 2012 Festival

Berlinale Announces Short Film Lineup and Jury for 2012 Festival

27 films from 22 countries will be competing for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear Jury Prize, the DAAD Short Film Award and a short film nomination for the European Film Prize. German actress Sandra Hüller, Palestinian artist Emily Jacir as well as filmmaker David OReilly will be picking the winners in 2012: International Short Film Jury: Sandra Hüller (Germany)After ten years in the business, renowned and prize-winning actress of the screen and stage Sandra […]

42nd Berlinale Unveils Films in Main Program

42nd Berlinale Unveils Films in Main Program

The 42nd Berlinale Forum will be showing 38 films in its main program, including 26 world premieres and 8 international premieres. Ann-Kristin Reyels’ film Formentera follows a young couple on holiday who run into the ’68 ideals of their parents’ generation and come to realise the extent to which their own ideas about life diverge from one another. Sleepless Knights by Stefan Butzmühlen and Cristina Diz is also set in Spain, telling a story of […]

20 Documentary Films Added to Berlin Film Fest

20 Documentary Films Added to Berlin Film Fest

The documentary lineup is almost complete for the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.  On February 10, 2012, the Panorama Dokumente will open with The Reluctant Revolutionary by British director Sean McAllister. The film is about a Yemenite tourist guide who slowly abandons his professional distance towards the political “spring” in his country. His experiences with a customer, one of the last tourists in these turbulent times, politicize him. Panorama Dokumente Anak-Anak Srikandi (Children of Srikandi) […]

Young Adult Join More Films Added to 2012 Berlin Film Fest

Young Adult Join More Films Added to 2012 Berlin Film Fest

Twelve more films have been confirmed for this year’s Berlinale Special programme. Besides Werner Herzog’s documentary film series Death Row and Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut In The Land Of Blood And Honey, these films include the documentaries Althawra… Khabar (Reporting … A Revolution) by Bassam Mortada, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry by Alison Klayman, Hijos de las Nubes by Alvaro Longoria, Anton Corbijn Inside Out by Klaartje Quirijns as well as Chris Kenneally’s Side by Side, […]

Generation Program is Complete for 2012 Berlin Film Fest

Generation Program is Complete for 2012 Berlin Film Fest

A total of 58 short and full-length films from 32 countries have been selected for the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competitions for 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.

Eleven children from Berlin between the ages of eleven and 14 as well as seven young adults have been invited to be on the Children’s and Youth Juries. They will award Crystal Bears for the best short and feature-length films.

Generation 14plus

Comes A Bright Day (Great Britain, by Simon Aboud) – Against the backdrop of an armed robbery at a London jewellers, much more is at stake than money. Where diamonds are involved, love is not far. Cast: Craig Roberts, Imogen Poots, Kevin McKidd, Timothy Spall and others. World Premiere

Lal Gece (Night of Silence, Turkey, by Reis Çelik) – When the groom lifts the bride’s veil, he is looking into the face of a 14-year-old girl. As tradition has it, a night in the bridal chamber seals the marriage. Cast: Ilyas Salman, Dilan Aksüt and others. World Premiere

Maori Boy Genius (New Zealand, by Pietra Brettkelly, documentary) – A young Maori, Ngaa Rauuira, is the chosen one. He fights with all his heart for the cultural concerns of his people. And they see Aotearoa’s (New Zealand’s) next Premiere Minister in him. World Premiere

Nosilatiaj. La Belleza (Beauty, Argentina, by Daniela Seggiaro) – Yolanda is a housemaid for a “Criolla” family. In the Wichi culture from which the girl comes, beautiful long hair has great meaning. The film tells about a painfully cutting experience. World Premiere

Snackbar (Netherlands, by Meral Uslu) – Ali’s snack bar is a refuge for a gang of local youth of Moroccan descent. They quarrel, laugh and fight there every day. When it gets out of hand, Ali intervenes. World Premiere

Two Little Boys (New Zealand, by Robert Sarkies) – Friends since early childhood, nothing can separate Deano and Nige, not even death. Until the tragic accident with a Norwegian football star. Cast: Bret McKenzie, Hamish Blake and others. World Premiere

Una Noche (One Night, USA/Cuba/Great Britain, by Lucy Mulloy) – Florida is their last hope. Only 90 miles separate life in Havana from the freedom they long for. Elio and Raul build a raft, but then Lila joins them. That was not the plan. World Premiere

As announced earlier, the programme also includes the following films:

Electrick Children (USA, by Rebecca Thomas) – WP
Joven & Alocada (Young & Wild, Chile, by Marialy Rivas) – EP
Kronjuvelerna (The Crown Jewels, Sweden, by Ella Lemhagen) – IP
Magi I Luften (Love Is In The Air, Denmark/Sweden, by Simon Staho) – IP
Mustafa’s Sweet Dreams (Greece/Great Britain, by Angelos Abazoglou) – WP
ORCHIM LeREGA (Off White Lies, Israel/France, by Maya Kenig) – EP
Un Mundo Secreto (A Secret World, Mexico, by Gabriel Mariño) – WP
Wandeukyi (Punch, Republic of Korea, by Han Lee) – EP

Generation Kplus

ARCADIA (USA, by Olivia Silver) – In Arcadia, California, everything is going to be fine, Tom promises his children. He loads them into the car and travels across the entire country. More than anything else, 12-year-old Greta hopes to see her mother again. Cast: Ryan Simpkins, John Hawkes and others. World Premiere

GATTU (India, by Rajan Khosa) – The sky is full of kites and none flies as high or fast as Kali. In order to beat the black kite, Gattu has to reach for the sky. International Premiere

Isdraken (The Ice Dragon, Sweden, by Martin Högdahl) – Whales cry when they lose their herds. Banished by the youth welfare office to northern Sweden, Mike knows the feeling. It’s only when he meets the very cool Pi that the ice begins to melt. World Premiere

Kikoeteru, furi wo sita dake (Just Pretended to Hear, Japan, by Kaori Imaizumi) – Her spirit will protect you! After her mother’s death, Sachi’s only hope is spiritual comfort. But what if there’s no such thing as ghosts? International Premiere

Pacha (Bolivia/Mexico, by Hector Ferreiro) – A shoeshine boy gets caught up in the turmoil of the Bolivian “gas war”. In the streets the Indigenous population is protesting for their rights, while in his dreams the boy is walking the paths of his culture. World Premiere

Zarafa (France/Begium, by Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie, animation) – Maki has only just made friends with Zarafa, when the orphaned baby giraffe is given to the King of France as a gift. A richly illustrated adventure, from Africa to Paris. International Premiere

As announced in the first press release, the programme also includes the following films:

Kauwboy (Netherlands, by Boudewijn Koole) – WP
Die Kinder vom Napf (The Children from the Napf, Switzerland, by Alice Schmid) – IP
Lotte ja kuukivi saladus (Lotte and the Moonstone Secret, Estonia/Latvia, by Janno Põldma and Heiki Ernits) – IP
The Mirror Never Lies (Indonesia, by Kamila Andini) – EP
Nono (Philippines, by Rommel Tolentino) – EP
Patatje Oorlog (Taking Chances, Netherlands, by Nicole van Kilsdonk) – IP

Out of Competition

Vierzehn (Fourteen, Germany, by Cornelia Grünberg, documentary) – Soon their lives revolve around diapers, not parties. Four 14-year-old girls and their babies. An exciting new phase is beginning before they have had time to live out the last one. World Premiere

The Monkey King – Uproar in Heaven 3D (People’s Republic of China, by Da Su and Chen Zhihong) – 130,000 hand-painted water colours and voices from the Peking Opera are brought back to life in the elaborately restoration of this famous classic. A wonderfully entertaining animation film: now in 3D. International Premiere {jathumbnail off}

Lineup for Perspektive Deutsches Kino section at 2012 Berlinale is Complete

Lineup for Perspektive Deutsches Kino section at 2012 Berlinale is Complete

With 13 films, including three full-length documentaries and four full-length fictional films as well two sets of three medium-long films each, the programme of the 2012 Perspektive Deutsches Kino is complete . Section director Linda Söffker sums up the selection: “The GDR was colourful, adolescents are critical and good films end in our minds.” West Berliner Michael Schöbel and East Berliner Ronald Vietz launched Wildfremd Productions in 2011 so as to make a film such […]

Ten More World Premieres Added to 2012 Berlinale

Ten More World Premieres Added to 2012 Berlinale

An additional ten world premieres will be screening in the Competition programme of the Berlinale 2012. Directors Billy Bob Thornton, Christian Petzold, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Benedek Fliegauf, Hans-Christian Schmid, Matthias Glasner, Miguel Gomes, Alain Gomis, Ursula Meier and Spiros Stathoulopoulos will all be competing for this year’s Berlinale Bears. On the first weekend of the Festival, Angelina Jolie will be presenting her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, in the Haus […]