Berlinale rolls out the red carpet
"Courage, confidence and a great deal of humour," said Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick, are the hallmark of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. In the German capital, he presented the jury and the Berlinale films. As of February 9, 399 films will be screened as part of Europe’s largest international film festival, including 22 world premieres.
Enlarge image Dieter Kosslick, the director of the International Film Festival in Berlin, at a press conference (© picture alliance / Soeren Stache) Germany’s capital city will once again show itself from its best side. From February 9 to 19, a total of 399 films will be screened as part of the Berlinale. 24 of them are part of the Competition, with 18 competing for the Golden and Silver Bears. Germany is represented with a total of 74 films – three of which are part of the Competition. The Berlinale will open with the film "Django", a biography of the legendary jazz musician Django Reinhardt.
"It is going to be another glamorous Berlinale," announced Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. This year, the Berlinale will focus mainly on the current state of society, he stressed. The programme as a whole is, however, "reconciliatory and life-affirming" promised the Festival Director. The Berlin International Film Festival is Europe’s largest, and attracts a larger crowd than any other event of this sort anywhere in the world.
Enlarge image Golden Bears are rewarded to the best films (© dpa) Members of the jury include the German actress Julia Jentsch, the Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, the American actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, and the Mexican actor and director Diego Luna.
The international jury is chaired by the Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven. At the end of the Berlinale the jury will decide on the winners of the Golden and Silver Bears.
German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters this year contributed 7.2 million Euro to the Berlinale. Various film promotion programmes have also helped enrich the quality and diversity of Germany’s film landscape.