Berlin International Film Festival, February 7-17, 2013 Berlin, Germany
What’s It All About?
The Berlin International Film Festival also known as the Berlinale is one of the biggest film festivals in the world. This year, the festival will screen almost 400 films, mainly international or European premieres. The various sections include great international cinema in the Competition Section, independent and art house in Panorama and films for the young audience in Generation.
New discoveries and promising talents from the German film scene are featured in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino segment, while experimental and unfamiliar cinematography will be screened in the Forum and Forum Expanded, and an exploration of cinematic possibilities in the Berlinale Shorts section. New and extraordinary productions will be shown under the auspices of the Berlinale Special and the Berlinale Special Gala.
The programme is rounded off by a Retrospective as well as a Homage, which focuses on the œuvre of a great personality of cinema.
The festival also has the following markets:
• European Film Market
• Berlinale Co-Production Market
• Berlinale Talent Campus
• World Cinema Fund
Watch Out For!
Renowned director Wong Kar Wai’s film The Grandmaster will be opening the festival and also be showcased under the non-competition category. South Korean actress Song Hye Kyo, who is one of the cast members, has also been invited to attend the event.
Of the official lineup of 24 films, 19 will compete for Golden and Silver Bear awards. Some of the hottest films to watch out for are:
• Before Midnight
Directed by Richard Linklater, the film features Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy
• Dark Blood
Director George Sluizer’s film with River Phoenix, Judy Davis, Jonathan Pryce and Karen Black in the lead
• Dolgaya Schastlivaya Zhizn (A Long And Happy Life)
Directed by Boris Khlebnikov and starring Alexander Yatsenko, Eugene Sitiy and Anna Kotova
• Night Train To Lisbon
A film by Bille August, with Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent, Jack Huston, Martina Gedeck, August Diehl, Christopher Lee and Charlotte Rampling
• Prince Avalanche
Directed by David Gordon Green, with Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch
• Uroki Garmonii (Harmony Lessons)
Directed by Emir Baigazin. with Timur Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Andassov
• Vic+Flo Ont Vu Un Ours (Vic+Flo Saw A Bear)
By Denis Côté and featuring Pierrette Robitaille, Romane Bohringer and Marc-André Grondin.
The Panorama section will feature 32 features from 23 countries. This segment will include a number of US releases which include Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, Travis Mathews and James Franco‘s Interior Leather Bar and Maladies also starring Franco, Catherine Keener and David Strathairn.
The main Panorama section will open with Zaza Rusadze, a Georgian director’s debut film titled A Fold In My Blanket and the Panorama Special will open with Nanouk Leopold’s Dutch-German co-production It’s All So Quiet, featuring actor Jeroen Willems, who recently died.
The special gala screenings will feature Ken Loach’s documentary The Spirit Of ’45, Jane Campion’s TV mini series Top Of The Lake, Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer, Michael Winterbottom’s The Look Of Love, Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables and Raoul Peck documentary Fatal Assistance.
Based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel The 3 Mistakes Of My Life, director Abhishek Kapoor’s soon-to-release film Kai Po Che! produced by Disney UTV will be screened at the festival.