The Berlinale

Alongside Cannes and Venice, Berlin is the platform of one of the biggest public international film festivals in the world. I am a movie enthusiast and for me, Cinema is the 7th Art form. So to witness in Berlin the 70th Berlinale International Film Festival is a big deal. And the entire city is celebrating it.

Facts:

  • This year, 340 movies screenings are in the program in the 10 days of the festival between 20th February – 1st of March
  • Over 330,000 tickets will be sold (according to visitberlin.de)
  • Tickets can be booked also online, 3 days in advance before the screenings. A few special events and day of the public can be booked from the first day
  • Opening film was “My Salinger Year”, based on the novel of Joanna Rakoff
  • Homage and Honorary Golden Bear 2020 will be offered to Oscar winner – Dame Helen Mirren
  • Closing Night and winner of the Golden bear announcement will be Saturday, 29th of February at Berlinale Palast
  • The Festival is showing it’s commitment to the United Nations 2020 Agenda with its 17 Sustainability goals
Photo credit: berlinale.de

Main sections of the Festival

  • The official competition,with movies running for the Golden Bear
  • Berlinale Special & Series – both glamorous, celebrating films and new series productions
  • Encounters – new section
  • Berlinale shorts
  • Panorama – explicitly political
  • Forum & Forum Expanded
  • Retrospective & Classics – for the film history. On Transmision – on timeless films
  • Generation – for the younger audience
  • Special screenings and Berlinale goes Kiez (translation for kiez is neighborhood
  • A favorite is the Open House, at Audi Berlinale Lounge, with free entry for panels, workshops, yoga classes (!), concerts, Dj sets nights, you name it.

Venues

Attending different movie & documentaries screening, panels or workshop around the city is also a great way to discover Berlin.

Red carpet venues are Theater at Potsdamer Platz or Berlinale Palast (Marlene-Dietrich Platz 1, 10785 Berlin) and Friedrichstadt-Palast for Berlinale Special.

Venues for showing again the movies in the official competition and from the other sections are: Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Zoo Palast for Berlinale Series, Cubix & CinemaxX or Kino International.

The last Sunday is considered the Open day for the public and all screenings will cost 10 euro. I have my ticket for “The Road Not Taken”, starring Javier Bardem, Salma Hayek and Elle Fanning, a movie by Sally Porter.

Photo credit: berlinale.de

Happy Berlinale!

Later edit: Winner of the Golden Bear was “There Is No Evil” by Mohammad Rasoulof and of Silver Bear was “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” by Eliza Hittman.

Next year Berlinale will be held from February 11 to 21, 2021.

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