Jubilee, the 70th Berlin Film Festival officially kicked off on February 20 with a new leadership that announced a rather bleak main competition program featuring 18 films about today's chaotic world, and that unrest marked the ceremony itself, begun with a minute's silence for the victims of the shooting of an ultra-rightist in the city of Hanau.
“Initially, I intended to say a few words about how thrilled we are about the 70th anniversary of Berlinal, but yesterday's events in Hanau shocked us, they hit us hard,” the 70. Berlinal executive told Marietta Riesenbeck (Mariette Rissenbeek), who is with the art director Karl Shatriyan (Carlo Chatrian) replaced the longtime first-person of the Berlin Festival Diter Koslika (Dieter Kosslick).
The 70th Berlinale program, which offers a total of about 340 new films, began with “My Year with Selinger” (My Salinger Year) by a Canadian director Philip Falardo (Philippe Falardeau) with Sigourney Weaver (Sigourney Weaver) as a literary agent whose main task is to protect the time-cult cult author Selinger from fans.
“We stand here as a community and being a community is what defines film,” added Satrijan, a former Italian film journalist and later editor of the Turin festival program and artistic director of Locarno. “When we sit in a movie theater, we are the audience, regardless of class, language, religion. Film is what brings us together … Film enables people to dream, and dreams are very important when life is difficult. This is probably the explanation for the fact that this festival is so significant to the citizens of Berlin and so dear to them. He is also fond of strangers, people like me, ”said Shatriyan, who previously announced 18 films in the Golden Bear race that“ reflect the inner turmoil of characters in a chaotic world and plunge into the dark side of a human being. ”
Director of “My Year with Selinger” Filip Falardo He conveyed the Canadian people's solidarity with the Germans in these “troubled times”, expressing the hope that his film, which was shown out of competition, would bring some light.
An actor of Bulgarian descent Samuel Finci (Finzi), who wished good evening to the guests in various languages, including a version of Serbo-Croatian (Good evening, ladies and gentlemen), called on German politicians during the ceremony to realize that there was a problem with the right. At the same time, he expressed his belief that everyone in Berlin was welcome and that it remained an open city for all.
However, according to German media, security measures in Berlin have been stepped up, which includes checking bags and banning luggage at festival venues.
Great attention was paid to the opening ceremony of the 70th Berlinale, as reported by the world film media, by the conference of the chairman of the grand jury, the British actor Jeremy Irons (Jeremy Irons), who had to address his earlier controversial comments on same-sex marriage, women's rights and abortion, stating that he had already apologized, but that he now wants to put an end to those issues once and for all.
“First, I wholeheartedly support a global movement that addresses women's rights and fights against their abuse both at home and in the workplace,” said Irons, who sparked a backlash in 2009 over signing a petition supporting Polish director Roman Polanski, accused of raping a minor in the United States. “Secondly, I welcome the legalization of same-sex marriage,” Irons said, expressing hope that the practice would take hold in as many societies as possible. “Third, I wholeheartedly support the right of women to have an abortion if they so choose,” said Irons, who has previously declared himself a proponent of “life.”
Irons also said he could not wait to see the films in competition, which, he said, would encourage everyone to reconsider their attitudes, prejudices and attitude toward life in general.
The jury will announce the winner of the Golden Bear and other major awards on February 29, and alongside Irons, there is an Argentine-French actress Berenis Beige (Bérénice Bejo), a German producer Betina Brokemper (Bettina), Palestinian director Anamari Jasir (Annemarie Jacir), American screenwriter and director Kenneth Lonergan (Kenneth), an Italian actor Marineli Harbor (Luca Marinelli) and Brazilian film critic and editor of festival programs Kleber Mendons Filjo (Mendonça Filho).
The Berlin Festival also introduced several newspapers, with the departure of Dieter Koslik after 19 years at the helm of the festival, which in itself marks a new era. For the first time, a film selected for the opening was shown out of competition, and a competition program called, was introduced Meetings, conceived as a platform for the aesthetically and structurally audacious work of independent innovative filmmakers – a mirror of the 21st century. The 15 titles in the program will be decided by a special three-member jury, chaired by a Japanese producer Shuzo Ichiamo.
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As part of the competition program Panorama, February 22, the movie “Father” will have its world premiere Srdan Golubovic from Serbia, while the Swiss-Croatian film “Mare” will be screened a day later Andrea Stake, in which they play Marija Škaričić i Goran Navojec, and the Serbian actress plays a minor role Mirjana Karanović. There are also programs Generation, Berlinale classic, Berlinale short, Retrospective … and a competitive selection of documentaries, chaired by German producer Gerd Kroske. About 20 films in the selection of debut creations are also decided by a special three-member jury, which includes an award-winning Serbian director and screenwriter Ognjen Glavonic.
Within the program Forum, the audience will have the opportunity to see the movie “W. R. Mysteries of the organism ” Dušan Makavejeva, which was first shown at the 1971 Berlin.
Berlinale has always been considered the most political among the three largest European film festivals (Berlin, Cannes and Venice), and in all likelihood this will not change under new leadership. Many films deal with current events and historical topics, such as the documentary “Irradiated” by the Cambodian director Ritia Pan (Rithy Panh) about the massacres in his country. The Hilari series on careers is also particularly expected Hillary Clinton, as well as the Iranian director's film There is no Evil Mohammad Rasulof (Mohammad Rasoulof), who was reportedly banned from leaving Iran.
The festival site is berlinale.de
* Cover photo: Berlinale – Andreas Teich