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The Berlinale is a unique place of artistic exploration and entertainment. It is one of the largest public film festivals in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe each year. For the film industry and the media, the eleven days in February are also one of the most important events in the annual calendar and an indispensable trading forum. The Berlin International Film Festival enjoys an eventful history. The festival was created for the Berlin public in 1951, at the beginning of the Cold War, as a “showcase of the free world”. Shaped by the turbulent post-war period and the unique situation of a divided city, the Berlinale has developed into a place of intercultural exchange and a platform for the critical cinematic exploration of social issues. To this day it is considered the most political of all the major film festivals. The Berlinale brings the big stars of international cinema to Berlin and discovers new talents. It accompanies filmmakers of all disciplines on their paths into the spotlight and supports careers, projects, dreams, and visions. Thanks to its numerous industry initiatives, the Berlinale is a significant driver of innovation and an important economic factor internationally as well as for companies in Germany and Berlin.

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30/04/2021

Podcast fans, Berlinale Talents has a treat for you: Their newest podcast episode dropped this week! Here, they take a closer look at some of the different stations involved in the making of a movie. Cinematographers, screenwriters, and production designers pitch in as they travel through the Berlinale Talents archive to understand what it takes to carry a director’s vision to the big screen. The pros they talked to – visionaries like Josephine Decker, Agnès Godard or Uli Hanisch – are clear on one aspect of filmmaking: the virtue of collaboration. Listen here: berlinales-house-of-talents.podigee.io

#JosephineDecker #UliHanisch #AgnesGodard #Berlinale #BerlinaleTalents #BerlinalesHouseOfTalents

The recently updated Infection Protection Act now makes the planning of the Berlinale Summer Special a bigger challenge....
28/04/2021

The recently updated Infection Protection Act now makes the planning of the Berlinale Summer Special a bigger challenge. The festival directors are currently in contact with the authorities to determine the next steps for an all-outdoor event. The #Berlinale also wants to explore the possibility of a pilot cultural event with mandatory testing. A final decision will be made beginning of May. Everyone's health and curbing the development of the pandemic is, of course, the top priority.

Click here to read the full press release: bit.ly/Berlinale2804

The recently updated Infection Protection Act now makes the planning of the Berlinale Summer Special a bigger challenge. The festival directors are currently in contact with the authorities to determine the next steps for an all-outdoor event. The #Berlinale also wants to explore the possibility of a pilot cultural event with mandatory testing. A final decision will be made beginning of May. Everyone's health and curbing the development of the pandemic is, of course, the top priority.

Click here to read the full press release: bit.ly/Berlinale2804

Sincere congratulations to our 2004 jury president Frances McDormand for winning Best Actress at last night's #Oscars! H...
26/04/2021

Sincere congratulations to our 2004 jury president Frances McDormand for winning Best Actress at last night's #Oscars! Huge congratulations also to Chloé Zhao for taking home Best Director, and the whole "Nomadland" team for their well-deserved Best Picture award, including our 2017 Berlinale Talents alum, producer Mollye Asher.

Sincere congratulations to our 2004 jury president Frances McDormand for winning Best Actress at last night's #Oscars! Huge congratulations also to Chloé Zhao for taking home Best Director, and the whole "Nomadland" team for their well-deserved Best Picture award, including our 2017 Berlinale Talents alum, producer Mollye Asher.

Today, we’re looking longingly towards Switzerland where cinemas are allowed to open again: Last year’s Golden Bear for ...
22/04/2021
Sheytan vojud nadarad | Trailer | Berlinale Competition 2020

Today, we’re looking longingly towards Switzerland where cinemas are allowed to open again: Last year’s Golden Bear for Best Film winner "There Is No Evil" (Sheytan vojud nadarad) is in Swiss cinemas today!
Check out the trailer below 👇

The recipient of the Golden Bear for Best Film 2020, the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Competition 2020), and the Guild Film Prize 2020.The trailer for "Shey...

Catch Radu Jude, director of this year’s Golden Bear for Best Film winner "Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn" (Babardeală c...
18/04/2021

Catch Radu Jude, director of this year’s Golden Bear for Best Film winner "Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn" (Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc) in conversation with Argentinian critic, programmer, and filmmaker Lucía Salas on Monday, April 19th, at 7pm CET. The online event will be streamed live via 👉bit.ly/RaduJudeConvo.

Discussing his previous work, often focusing on the remembrance of right-wing terror against innocents, the auteur filmmaker will also address fascistic internet reactions directed towards him.

Feel free to submit questions that will be answered by the filmmaker via the stream’s comment section.

Catch Radu Jude, director of this year’s Golden Bear for Best Film winner "Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn" (Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc) in conversation with Argentinian critic, programmer, and filmmaker Lucía Salas on Monday, April 19th, at 7pm CET. The online event will be streamed live via 👉bit.ly/RaduJudeConvo.

Discussing his previous work, often focusing on the remembrance of right-wing terror against innocents, the auteur filmmaker will also address fascistic internet reactions directed towards him.

Feel free to submit questions that will be answered by the filmmaker via the stream’s comment section.

09/04/2021

How can we rethink the power relations and dynamics between the Global North and the Global South? The new episode of the European Film Market - EFM podcast offers answers. Listen now!

19/03/2021
Ski | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

This year's FIPRESCI Jury Prize for the Berlinale Forum section went to "Ski" (Esquí) by Manque La Banca, which he developed at last year's Berlinale Talents Doc Station.

About the film: Bariloche in the Argentinian Andes is a famous ski resort where monsters, Austrians and hipsters all leave their mark alongside the tourists. A high-speed downhill ride that is happy to go off-piste, gleefully blending formal invention with wokeness.

19/03/2021
Ski | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

This year's FIPRESCI Jury Prize for the Berlinale Forum section went to "Ski" (Esquí) by Manque La Banca, which he developed at last year's Berlinale Talents Doc Station.

About the film: Bariloche in the Argentinian Andes is a famous ski resort where monsters, Austrians and hipsters all leave their mark alongside the tourists. A high-speed downhill ride that is happy to go off-piste, gleefully blending formal invention with wokeness.

19/03/2021
Brother's Keeper | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

Don't miss the trailer for the FIPRESCI Jury Prize winner in the Panorama section, "Brother's Keeper" (Okul Tıraşı) by Ferit Karahan.

About the film: A finely spun drama set in the microcosm of an authoritarian boarding school in the Anatolian mountains. One winter’s day reveals the failure of this powerful educational institution to which twelve-year-old Yusuf and his friend are helplessly exposed.

19/03/2021
Brother's Keeper | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

Don't miss the trailer for the FIPRESCI Panorama Prize winner "Brother's Keeper" (Okul Tıraşı) by Ferit Karahan.

About the film: A finely spun drama set in the microcosm of an authoritarian boarding school in the Anatolian mountains. One winter’s day reveals the failure of this powerful educational institution to which twelve-year-old Yusuf and his friend are helplessly exposed.

19/03/2021
Summer Blur | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

Watch the trailer for Han Shuai's feature debut "Summer Blur" (Han Nan Xia Ri), which won the Grand Prix for the Best Film in the Kplus Competition in our Generation section this year.

About the film: 13-year-old Guo dreams of breaking away from her loveless home. When she witnesses her friend drowning, she doesn't know what to do with her feelings of grief and guilt. A quiet portrait of a young girl defying the confines of her circumstances.

19/03/2021
Summer Blur | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

Watch the trailer for Han Shuai's feature debut "Summer Blur", which won the Grand Prix for the Best Film in the Kplus Competition in our Generation section this year.

About the film: 13-year-old Guo dreams of breaking away from her loveless home. When she witnesses her friend drowning, she doesn't know what to do with her feelings of grief and guilt. A quiet portrait of a young girl defying the confines of her circumstances.

Check out some of this year's posters. Each one a work of art in its own right!
19/03/2021

Check out some of this year's posters. Each one a work of art in its own right!

18/03/2021
Easter Eggs | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

"Easter Eggs" by Nicolas Keppens was named the Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards. Check out the trailer!

About the film: Jason's parrots have escaped, so he sets off to find them together with his friend Kevin. A portrait of a toxic friendship, depicted in broken colours.

18/03/2021
Easter Eggs | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

"Easter Eggs" by Nicolas Keppens was named the Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards. Check out the trailer!

About the film: Jason's parrots have escaped, so he sets off to find them together with his friend Kevin. A portrait of a toxic friendship, depicted in broken colours.

Cinema is currently facing great challenges. But Berlinale Talents fearlessly met them head-on again this year: with par...
18/03/2021

Cinema is currently facing great challenges. But Berlinale Talents fearlessly met them head-on again this year: with participants from 65 countries and boundless energy to replenish dwindling stocks of enthusiasm. We sat down with project manager Christine Tröstrum and programme manager Florian Weghorn to look back on this year's edition. Read the full interview on our website: bit.ly/TalentsInterview2021

Cinema is currently facing great challenges. But Berlinale Talents fearlessly met them head-on again this year: with participants from 65 countries and boundless energy to replenish dwindling stocks of enthusiasm. We sat down with project manager Christine Tröstrum and programme manager Florian Weghorn to look back on this year's edition. Read the full interview on our website: bit.ly/TalentsInterview2021

18/03/2021
Day Is Done | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

Here's the trailer for the short film "Day Is Done" (Xia Wu Guo Qu Le Yi Ban) by Zhang Dalei, which won the Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film). Short but sweet!

About the film: A rare visit to grandfather. The sadness of parting is in the air. In "Day Is Done", Zhang Dalei picks up where his autobiographically inspired feature debut "Summer Is Gone" left off.

18/03/2021
Day Is Done | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

Here's the trailer for the Chinese short film "Day Is Done" by Zhang Dalei, which won the Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film). Short but sweet!

About the film: A rare visit to grandfather. The sadness of parting is in the air. In "Day Is Done", Zhang Dalei picks up where his autobiographically inspired feature debut "Summer Is Gone" left off.

17/03/2021
My Uncle Tudor | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

Watch the trailer for this year's winner of the Golden Bear for Best Short Film, "My Uncle Tudor" (Nanu Tudor) by Olga Lucovnicova. Combining seemingly idyllic images with forthright personal questions, the filmmaker embarks on a journey into her own traumatic past to confront her abuser and leave her pain behind. Congratulations to Olga on this brave documentary.

17/03/2021
My Uncle Tudor | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

Watch the trailer for this year's winner of the Golden Bear for Best Short Film, "My Uncle Tudor" by Olga Lucovnicova. Combining seemingly idyllic images with forthright personal questions, the filmmaker embarks on a journey into her own traumatic past to confront her abuser and leave her pain behind. Congratulations to Olga on this brave documentary.

17/03/2021
Rock Bottom Riser | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

Artist Fern Silva received a Special Mention in Encounters this year for "Rock Bottom Riser", his first feature-length film following three shorter works at Berlinale Forum Expanded. Get a first glimpse here.

About the film: Inspired by ancestral interpretations of the bond between humankind, nature and the cosmos, "Rock Bottom Riser" is a vibrant essay film set in Hawaii that explores various kinds of matter that can be found in geology, ethnography and astronomy.

17/03/2021
Rock Bottom Riser | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

Artist Fern Silva received a Special Mention in Encounters this year for "Rock Bottom Riser", his first feature-length film following three shorter works at Berlinale Forum Expanded. Get a first glimpse here.

About the film: Inspired by ancestral interpretations of the bond between humankind, nature and the cosmos, "Rock Bottom Riser" is a vibrant essay film set in Hawaii that explores various kinds of matter that can be found in geology, ethnography and astronomy.

16/03/2021
Social Hygiene | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

At this year's festival, Canadian director Denis Côté was honoured as Best Director in Encounters (ex aequo) for his work on "Social Hygiene" (Hygiène sociale). Watch the trailer here.

About the film: Antonin is many things: a hedonist, a delinquent, a wannabe writer and filmmaker. His way with words is put to the test in his encounters with five women who not only rival his wit but also challenge, in caring or cruel ways, his efforts to escape reality.

16/03/2021
Social Hygiene | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

At this year's festival, Canadian director Denis Côté was honoured as Best Director in Encounters (ex aequo) for his work on "Social Hygiene" (Hygiène sociale). Watch the trailer here.

About the film: Antonin is many things: a hedonist, a delinquent, a wannabe writer and filmmaker. His way with words is put to the test in his encounters with five women who not only rival his wit but also challenge, in caring or cruel ways, his efforts to escape reality.

16/03/2021

Check out the trailer for Ramon and Silvan Zürcher's "The Girl and the Spider" (Das Mädchen und die Spinne). The film took both the award for Best Director in Encounters (ex aequo) and the Prize of the FIPRESCI Jury for Encounters.

About the film: Lisa decides to move out of the apartment she shares with Mara, setting off an emotional rollercoaster. A tragicomic catastrophe film about the need for closeness and the pain of separation.

16/03/2021
Taste | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

Watch the trailer for the winner of the Encounters Special Jury Award, "Taste" (Vị) by Lê Bảo, starring Olegunleko Ezekiel Gbenga, Thi Minh Nga Khuong, Thi Dung Le, Thi Cam Xuan Nguyen and Thi Tham Thin Vu.

The Guardian's Jonathan Romney chose it as his "best arthouse" pick from this year's lineup.

About the film: In this meditative immersion into the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, a newly unemployed Nigerian footballer searches for his place in society. He befriends and moves in with four women and they create an intimate utopia for themselves.

16/03/2021
Taste | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

Watch the trailer for the winner of the Encounters Special Jury Award, "Taste" (Vị) by Lê Bảo, starring Olegunleko Ezekiel Gbenga, Thi Minh Nga Khuong, Thi Dung Le, Thi Cam Xuan Nguyen and Thi Tham Thin Vu.

The Guardian's Jonathan Romney chose it as his "best arthouse" pick from this year's lineup.

About the film: In this meditative immersion into the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, a newly unemployed Nigerian footballer searches for his place in society. He befriends and moves in with four women and they create an intimate utopia for themselves.

15/03/2021
Genius Loci | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2020

Watch the trailer for the Oscar-nominated short "Genius Loci" by Adrien Mérigeau, from Berlinale Shorts 2020.

About the film: Reine is searching for something but doesn't know what. In delicate drawings and fluid animation, her perceptions become tangible.

15/03/2021
Genius Loci | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2020

Watch the trailer for the Oscar-nominated short "Genius Loci" by Adrien Mérigeau, from Berlinale Shorts 2020.

About the film: Reine is searching for something but doesn't know what. In delicate drawings and fluid animation, her perceptions become tangible.

The Oscar nominations are in, and three Berlinale films are in the running! From Berlinale Special, Dan Scanlon's "Onwar...
15/03/2021
Oscars 2021: The Complete Nominations List

The Oscar nominations are in, and three Berlinale films are in the running! From Berlinale Special, Dan Scanlon's "Onward" received a Best Animated Feature nod, while Matteo Garrone's Pinocchio Film is up for Best Costume Design as well as Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Berlinale Shorts entry "Genius Loci" by Adrien Mérigeau is nominated for Best Animated Short Film.

Finally, having just served on our International Jury, Jasmila Zbanic has landed a Best International Feature Film nomination with "Quo Vadis, Aida?", which was presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market in 2016. Congrats and fingers crossed, all! 👏🏆🍀🤞

After the many delays of this pandemic year, the Oscar nominations are finally here. Competing for best picture are “The Father,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Mank,” “Minari,” “Nomad…

15/03/2021
Forest – I See You Everywhere | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

The Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance went to Lilla Kizlinger for her role in Bence Fliegauf's "Forest – I See You Everywhere" (Rengeteg – mindenhol látlak). Watch the trailer now!

About the film: Seven hypnotic and erratic fugue-like miniatures culminate in a psychological kaleidoscope of couples, families and friends, all connected by feverish dialogue and the ghosts of the absent. Magical realism that is both claustrophobic and wide open.

15/03/2021
Forest – I See You Everywhere | Official Trailer | Berlinale 2021

The Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance went to Lilla Kizlinger for her role in Bence Fliegauf's "Forest – I See You Everywhere" (Rengeteg – mindenhol látlak). Watch the trailer now!

About the film: Seven hypnotic and erratic fugue-like miniatures culminate in a psychological kaleidoscope of couples, families and friends, all connected by feverish dialogue and the ghosts of the absent. Magical realism that is both claustrophobic and wide open.

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The Berlinale is a unique place of artistic exploration and entertainment. It is one of the largest public film festivals in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe each year. For the film industry and the media, the eleven days in February are also one of the most important events in the annual calendar and an indispensable trading forum.

The Berlin International Film Festival enjoys an eventful history. The festival was created for the Berlin public in 1951, at the beginning of the Cold War, as a “showcase of the free world”. Shaped by the turbulent post-war period and the unique situation of a divided city, the Berlinale has developed into a place of intercultural exchange and a platform for the critical cinematic exploration of social issues. To this day it is considered the most political of all the major film festivals.

The Berlinale brings the big stars of international cinema to Berlin and discovers new talents. It accompanies filmmakers of all disciplines on their paths into the spotlight and supports careers, projects, dreams and visions.

Thanks to its numerous industry initiatives, the Berlinale is a significant driver of innovation and an important economic factor internationally as well as for companies in Germany and Berlin. NEXT FESTIVAL February 11 – 21, 2021

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