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Berlin International Film Festival, 2019

FEB 7-17, 2019

BERLIN, GERMANY

The Berlin International Film Festival, also known as the Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, was founded in West Berlin in 1951 at the beginning of the Cold War. Every year, more than 20,000 industry delegates and representatives of the press from over 125 countries are accredited for the festival and the European Film Market. 

The 69th edition of the festival will be juried by Academy Award-winning French actress Juliette Binoche. This edition will see the ‘Retrospective’ section that will focus on the films directed by women filmmakers between 1968 and 1999.

OPENING FILM

The Kindness of Strangers

Lone Scherfig’s The Kindness of Strangers is a drama set in a Russian restaurant in New York City. It details the journey of a bunch of people who are going through rough patches in their lives and end up finding laughter and kindness in each other. The contemporary drama features Zoe Kazan, Tahar Rahim, Andrea Riseborough and Caleb Landry Jones, with Jay Baruchel and Bill Nighy in lead roles.

COMPETITION

L’adieu à la Nuit

Amazing Grace

BERLINALE SPECIAL

Peter Lindbergh – Women Stories

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

BERLINALE SERIES

Hanna

Bedrag III

DRAMA SERIES DAYS

8 Days

M – Eine Stadt Sucht Einen Mörder

PANORAMA 2019: BREAKING FREE

Greta

Flesh Out

PANORAMA 40

Buddies

Bungalow

FORUM 2019: RISK BEFORE PERFECTION

African Mirror

Fourteen

GENERATION 2019: GIVING THE OPPRESSED A VOICE

By The Name of Tania

The Magic Life of V

GENERATION 2019: HELL-BENT WOMEN – ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CAMERA

Beol-sae

Goldie

BERLINALE CLASSICS

Destry Rides Again

Jagko

CULINARY CINEMA: A TASTE FOR BALANCE

Aruna & Lidahnya

Chef’s Table - Asma Khan

NATIVE: FEMALE DIRECTORS AND PROTAGONISTS FROM THE PACIFIC REGION

For My Father’s Kingdom

Out of State

INDIAN CONNECT

Photograph

Gully Boy

Rang Mahal

Bulbul Can Sing

GOLDEN BEAR

British film and stage actress Charlotte Rampling, who has appeared in more than 100 film and television shows, will be conferred the prestigious Golden Bear Award for her outstanding contribution to the field of entertainment. The film festival will also dedicate the ‘Homage’ section to her films. She has been a guest at the festival several times. In 2006, she was president of the International Jury for the 56th Berlinale and in 2015, she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress for 45 Years.

EUROPEAN FILM MARKET

The European Film Market is a film trade fair that is held simultaneously with the Berlinale. It is a major industry meeting that serves distributors, film buyers, producers, financiers and co-production agents. It is a known marketplace for trading film and audiovisual content. With time, it has positioned itself as a platform for innovation and change.

CO-PRODUCTION MARKET

The Berlinale Co-Production Market is a four-day event for international producers, sales agents, distributors, broadcasting and funding representatives who a part of international co-productions. Berlin is closing in on gender parity for this edition’s co-production market that will include 22 feature film projects.

– Titas Chowdhury

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