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Soon coming: Berlinale - 70!


The 70th Berlinale starts on February 20 in Berlin. Stay tuned for major programme news over the next days and weeks! It's getting exciting…


On the 70th Anniversary of the Berlinale


The 2020 Berlinale marks the 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. The anniversary festival (February 20 - March 01, 2020) will also be the first festival headed by director duo Mariette Rissenbek (Executive Director) and Carlo Chatrian (Artistic Director).


Yesterday, the award statues for the 70th Berlinale were cast and

Festival Directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian stopped by to welcome the bears.

Since the beginning of the festival, the statues have been produced by the Noack sculpture foundry in Berlin.

They are based on a design by sculptress Renée Sintenis (1888-1965)



For its 70th anniversary, the Berlinale is on the lookout for its biggest fans: people who already know the festival well and wouldn’t miss special events, experiences and the Berlinale for the world. They are asked to tell their story.


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“It’s a very special honour for us as the new directors to start directly with such a great anniversary. We would like to keep the Berlinale as a festival for the public and for Berlin and we’re looking forward to new encounters and fresh perspectives,” said the new co-directors. “The 70th Berlinale should be the beginning of an increased exchange with other cultural locations and institutions.”
For this reason, a series of events are taking place in the first half of February that complement the festival which celebrates its opening at the Berlinale Palast on the evening of February 20. These events take a look at the past, the present and also the future of cinema and its practitioners, with a special focus on the Berlinale.




"Theatre of Cinemas" Exhibition Opening with Alexander Kluge and Guests


Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 6 pm
Volksbühne / Foyers, Roter Salon, Grüner Salon
Linienstraße 227, 10178 Berlin
Free entrance


The Volksbühne theatre and the Berlinale are joining together to present the exhibition “The Theatre of Cinema” by Alexander Kluge. From February 11 to March 1, 2020, films and installations from artists including Jonathan Meese and interviews with leading Berlinale figures will be shown in the Volksbühne foyers. On the opening night, Alexander Kluge and guests are introducing a special programme with performances and films in the Sternfoyer. The exhibition is curated by Atelier Impopulaire.


Alexander Kluge at the 66th Berlinale where his film Yesterday Girl was shown in the Retrospective


14th Academy Discussion: What are Film Festivals for?
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 8 pm
Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts)
Too big, too small, too political, too superficial… opinions on contemporary film festivals are diverse and controversial.
As part of the Academy Discussions series, filmmaker and president of the Academy of Arts Jeanine Meerapfel will be debating new ideas and future developments with the artistic directors of top international film festivals. Her guests are Carlo Chatrian, Thierry Frémaux (Cannes, tbc), Iván Giroud (Havana) and Karel Och (Karlovy Vary). The evening will be hosted by Andreas Kilb.
The discussion will take place in English with simultaneous translation into German and French.
In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut.
Film Screening of Head-On (Gegen die Wand) Followed by a Conversation With the Director Fatih Akin
Monday, February 17, 2020, 7.30 pm
Deutsche Filmakademie
at Zoo Palast, Hardenbergstraße 29A, 10623 Berlin


The Berlinale and the German Film Award are both turning 70 – and are celebrating their anniversaries with a special evening at the cinema: a screening of Head-On with director Fatih Akin who won a Golden Bear and five German Film Awards with the film in 2004.
Akin’s triumph at the 54th Berlinale was perceived as a sensation by many observers at the award ceremony. No German film had won the top prize since Reinhard Hauff’s Stammheim in 1986. It led to speculations of a new flowering of German cinema - and this in reference to a film that posed questions about “German identity”. Akin’s self-destructive amour fou has lost none of its force, urgency and currency in the 16 years since.
Following the screening of the film, Carlo Chatrian and Fatih Akin will engage in conversation on stage.
Fatih Akin kissing the Golden Bear
World Premiere of the Film Numbers by Oleg Sentsov, Followed by a Discussion


Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 7.30 pm
Maxim Gorki Theater
Am Festungsgraben 2, 10117 Berlin
Tickets: € 10.00


The Berlinale and the Gorki celebrate together the world premiere of Oleg Sentsov’s film Numbers. The Ukrainian director has been a name to Berlinale visitors in the very least since Askold Kurov’s documentary The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov which screened in the 2017 Berlinale Special. The film director and activist was arrested on suspicion of terrorism in Russia in 2014 and, following a show trial, sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was only released again in 2019.
Based on Sentsov’s eponymous theatre play, Numbers – made while he was still in prison – is a bitterly angry dystopian story and parable: ten numbers obey strict rules and are manipulated by their leader and the so-called ‘Zero’. Thanks to Seven, they manage to overthrow the repressive regime. But will the revolution really set them free?
Oleg Sentsov will be present at the premiere. After the screening, he will talk about the film and the circumstances of its creation.
The film is in Ukrainian with English subtitles.


To be continued