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Some 340 films from all four corners of the globe will be showcased, with 18 competing for the prestigious Golden Bear prize.
This year’s Berlinale, which starts on 20 February, is not interesting for only its diverse programme, but also due to the exciting features that are included this year.
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International film experts and young cineastes comprise the official juries. Two international juries present further prizes in the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competition. Each will award the Grand Prix for the Best Film (endowed with €7,500) and the Special Prize for the Best Short Film (endowed with €2,500)
English actor Jeremy Irons will head the jury of the main competition
The top-class cast of the Berlinale opening film stars Golden Globe winning and Oscar-nominated Sigourney Weaver, Margaret Qualley (most recently seen in Fosse/Verdon, Seberg and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), and Douglas Booth.
The festival also appointed film critic, writer, and curator Cristina Nord as the director of the Forum section
Three hundred thirty five thousand tickets sold in this edition; Scandinavian films discovered
The Golden Bear, the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival (BIFF), went to the Israeli-French-German co-production Synonyms by director Nadav Lapid. It was given to the producers of the film Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt. It follows the story of Yoav, a former soldier in the Israeli army. In Paris, things do not …
Over 160 submissions received from more than 30 countries
Three-person jury will decide on GWFF Best First Feature award
The 69th Berlin International Film Festival will see four worthy individuals honoured with the Berlinale Camera including US producer and IFP founder Sandra Schulberg, Wieland Speck, who headed the Berlinale’s Panorama section for many years, French filmmaker Agnès Varda, and German director and screenwriter Herrmann Zschoche. Since 1986, the Berlinale Camera has been awarded to worthy individuals …
Event will take place on sidelines of Berlin Film Festival
French actress and Oscar winner Juliette Binoche was named president of the international jury of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). Berlinale Director, Dieter Kosslick, said “I am very pleased that Juliette is 2019 jury president. The festival is especially connected to her and I am delighted that they are now coming back in …
The retrospective, dubbed “Self-determined”, will focus on German women filmmakers between 1968 and 1999
“We are pleased to be able to bring such great films to India, to the enthusiastic,open-minded audience that awaits us there every year”: Dieter Kosslick, director of Berlinale