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.

First Five Films of Perspektive Deutsches Kino Program at 2012 Berlinale

First Five Films of Perspektive Deutsches Kino Program at 2012 Berlinale

In 2012, the Perspektive Deutsches Kino programme at the Berlin International Film Festival will open with Katarina Peters’ documentary Man for a Day. A number of open-minded women attend a workshop given by performance artist and drag king activist Diane Torr. They work on transforming themselves into the man of their choice for a day. Giving up old roles and taking on new ones is hard work, but it is great fun trying to decipher […]

62nd Berlin International Film Festival Unveils Official Poster

62nd Berlin International Film Festival Unveils Official Poster

  The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, taking place from February 9 to 19, 2012, unveiled its official poster. As of mid January the poster for the Berlinale 2012 will add a bright note to the winter cityscape – first around the Potsdamer Platz and then all over Berlin. The motif on the poster will also appear on many of the Festival’s publications. “The Berlinale Bear is both a trademark and a popular symbol. The […]

Jake Gyllenhaal, Mike Leigh Among International Jury at 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

Jake Gyllenhaal, Mike Leigh Among International Jury at 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

Anton Corbijn, Asghar Farhadi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jake Gyllenhaal, François Ozon, Boualem Sansal and Barbara Sukowa will join already announced Jury President Mike Leigh as the International Jury who will decide who will receive the Golden Bear and Silver Bears as well as the Alfred Bauer Prize of the 2012 Berlinale Competition. Mike Leigh (Jury President)Mike Leigh has made a name for himself as one of the most outstanding filmmakers of auteur cinema and protagonists of […]

First Films for the Competition and Berlinale Special of 2012 Berlin Film Fest

First Films for the Competition and Berlinale Special of 2012 Berlin Film Fest

The first five films for the Competition of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and the Berlinale Special have been announced. The films for the Berlinale Special include the Indian-German co-production Don – The King Is Back, the documentary Marley by Kevin Macdonald from Great Britain and the USA, the Spanish film La chispa de la vida by Álex de la Iglesia, Guy Maddin’s Keyhole from Canada, as well as Werner Herzog’s documentary series Death […]

Jury of 7 Young Filmmakers Selected for Dialogue en perspective Award at 2012 Berlinale

Jury of 7 Young Filmmakers Selected for Dialogue en perspective Award at 2012 Berlinale

The Berlin International Film Festival (February 9 to 19, 2012) and the French-German Youth Office, is once again giving young film-lovers a chance to help decide who receives the “Dialogue en perspective” Award. For the second time, a jury member from a third country – Slovakia – is taking part. The seven jurors are: • Deniz Sertkol, 26, European mediastudies, Berlin• Franziska Hessberger, 25, freelance at Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Münster • Philipp Wolf, 24, studies literature, […]

14 Films Selected for Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competitions at 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

14 Films Selected for Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competitions at 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

This is early, but fourteen films have been selected for the international program in the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competitions at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival to be held February 9 thru 19, 2012. Generation Kplus: Kauwboy (Netherlands, by Boudewijn Koole) – A young jackdaw falls out of its nest straight into Jojo’s hands. The 10-year-old feels great empathy for the baby bird, which has no mother and is looking for a loving […]

Happy-Go-Lucky Director Mike Leigh to be Jury President of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival

Happy-Go-Lucky Director Mike Leigh to be Jury President of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival

British film director Mike Leigh of Happy-Go-Lucky fame will be the Jury President of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Leigh who has directed more than 20 films, made his directorial debut in 1972 with Bleak Moments, which went on to win the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. In Cannes he won the Best Director Award in 1993 for Naked, and the Palme d’Or in 1996 for Secrets and Lies, which in itself […]

61st Berlin International Film Festival Sells 300,000 Tickets + Announces 2012 Dates

61st Berlin International Film Festival Sells 300,000 Tickets + Announces 2012 Dates

The 61st Berlin International Film Festival came to a close with the award ceremony on February 19, 2011, and the numbers are in, revealing roughly 300,000 tickets were sold during the eleven-day festival. Additionally, nearly 20,000 accredited visitors from 116 countries attended the festival, including approximately 3,900 representatives of the press. Now the Berlinale looks forward to welcoming guests and visitors to the Berlinale in 2012. The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival will be held […]

2011 Berlin International Film Festival; Nader And Simin, A Separation is Big Winner

2011 Berlin International Film Festival; Nader And Simin, A Separation is Big Winner

Asghar Farhadi’s “Nader and Simin, A Separation” was the big winner at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival, taking the Golden Bear for best film, with best actor and actress prizes split among the films’ ensemble male and female cast, which included the director’s teenage daughter, Sarina. About the film: Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. She has already made all the necessary arrangements. Nader, however, is having second thoughts. […]

Berlinale 2011: Panorama Programme Now Complete

Berlinale 2011: Panorama Programme Now Complete

This year Berlin International Film Festival Panorama is presenting 16 feature films in its main programme, 14 in Panorama Special, 20 works in its Panorama Dokumente series and three supporting films. They are from 29 countries, 27 of which are screening as world premieres, 12 are directorial debuts. Opening films of the main programme, Panorama Special and Panorama Dokumente The main programme will open on February 10 in CinemaxX 7 with Tomboy, French director Céline […]

2011 Berlin International Film Festival to Honor Iranian Filmmaker Panahi

2011 Berlin International Film Festival to Honor Iranian Filmmaker Panahi

In support of the convicted Iranian director Jafar Panahi, the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival is launching a number of initiatives at the upcoming Berlinale. In 2011 the Berlinale will show several films by Jafar Panahi in a number of its sections. The first of his films to be screened at this year’s Berlinale will be the award-winning film Offside (2006, Silver Bear) on February 11 at 4:30 pm in the Berlinale Palast. On the […]

61st Berlin International Film Festival Panorama 2011 with Renowned Directors, Three Films on India and Many New Discoveries

61st Berlin International Film Festival Panorama 2011 with Renowned Directors, Three Films on India and Many New Discoveries

The 61st Berlin International Film Festival unveiled the films in the Panorama 2011 section. 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 a boy in a girl’s […]

The Competition programme of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival

The Competition programme of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival

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 […]

41st Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale Forum Film Lineup

41st Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale Forum Film Lineup

The Berlin International Film Festival announced the films in the programme of the 41st Berlinale Forum, with most of the films revolving around family, relationships and identity. Artist Kelvin K. Park’s documentary Cheonggyecheon Medley places the threatened demolition of a traditional metalworking district in the city of Seoul within the complex wider context of Korean history and social structures. The Dutch film De Engel van Doel (An Angel in Doel) deals with the destruction of […]

61st Berlinale: World Cinema in the Panorama Lineup

61st Berlinale: World Cinema in the Panorama Lineup

24 films have been selected so far, to be presented in the Panorama section of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival scheduled for February 10 – 20, 2011. The selection includes names like José Padilha (who won the Golden Bear in 2009 for Tropa de elite), Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors) and Macedonian director Milcho Manchevski, as well as newcomers like Marie Kreutzer (Austria), Jan Schomburg (Germany) and Michaël R. Roskam (Belgium). Returning to the […]

Berlin International Film Festival Protests Sentences for Iranian Filmmakers

Berlin International Film Festival Protests Sentences for Iranian Filmmakers

The Berlin International Film Festival in a recent press release sharply condemned the harsh sentences handed down to the renowned Iranian director Jafar Panahi and his directing colleague Mohammed Rasulof. According to Tehran Times, “Last week, Panahi was sentenced by a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran to six years in prison, which is redeemable by paying a fine, and a 20-year ban on filmmaking activities. He has been accused of holding gatherings, […]

German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl to receive Honorary Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival

German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl to receive Honorary Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival

German actor and artist Armin Mueller-Stahl will be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. “Today Armin Mueller-Stahl is celebrating his 80th birthday. We wish him the very best and are delighted we’ll be awarding this extraordinary artist the Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement in February,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. Armin Mueller-Stahl is one of Germany’s biggest stars of international renown. Winner of numerous awards, he has played […]

2010 Berlin International Film Festival; Changing Locations and the First Films in Berlinale Generation

2010 Berlin International Film Festival; Changing Locations and the First Films in Berlinale Generation

Some 60 feature and short films will celebrate their premieres at the House of World Cultures, Generation’s new main venue at the upcoming 61st Berlin International Film Festival scheduled for February 10 – 20, 2011. Twelve feature-length films have already been confirmed. “With each film our excitement about the House of World Cultures is mounting. We want to invite Berlinale visitors to a change of location, in a spectacular cinema, and to the greatly diverse […]

61st Berlin International Film Festival Announces First 8 Competition Films

61st Berlin International Film Festival Announces First 8 Competition Films

The first eight titles for the Competition programme of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival have been confirmed. In addition to the opening film True Grit by Joel and Ethan Coen another seven productions and co-productions have been selected. They include films from Turkey, the Netherlands, Israel, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the USA. So far the following films have been selected: Bizim Büyük Çaresizligimiz (Our Grand Despair)Turkey / Germany / Netherlandsby Seyfi Teoman […]

Coen Brothers’ True Grit to Open the 61st Berlinale

Coen Brothers’ True Grit to Open the 61st Berlinale

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.” This re-interpretation of the Western classic […]