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Film Festival: Berlinale boss Chatrian: There are still many things to do


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Berlin (dpa) - The two are the new face of the Berlinale: Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek are in the middle of preparations for the 2020 Film Festival. They still have around two months left.

"We still have to watch a few films," said Chatrian in Berlin. «And when I say a few, I mean hundreds. Of course, I don't have to watch all of them alone. We are very excited now. »

The Berlinale means red carpet and autograph hunters, actors and lots of cinema films. The festival in Berlin, which starts on February 20, is one of the most important in the world alongside Cannes and Venice. Now it is taking place for the 70th time. And for the first time, the new double leadership is organizing the festival - not without hurdles.

"Everything is very exciting," says managing director Rissenbeek (63). “There are still so many things to do, to decide and to organize.” For example, the search for movie theaters kept the team busy. Because a cinema closes on Potsdamer Platz, the Berlinale is now renting additional cinema halls on Alexanderplatz.

It is still unclear who will appear on the red carpet. Oscar winner Helen Mirren (74) should come, she receives an honorary award. And director Matteo Garrone (“Dogman”) will present a Pinocchio remake with Roberto Benigni. But otherwise? Longstanding festival director Dieter Kosslick has always enjoyed showing himself on the red carpet with film stars.

The new artistic director Chatrian recently stated that the Berlinale is not a “glamor machine”. He is primarily concerned with films. You can tell when you hear him speak. "To be honest, it's like having a mother with her children," said Chatrian (48) of the German Press Agency. "Every film that runs at the festival is equally important to me."

Chatrian created the additional competition "Encounters" for more unusual films. And seen a lot of films in preparation for the Berlinale. Counting is difficult because he sees new films as well as old ones for the retrospective, he said. "But maybe there have been 700 or 800 films since spring." How do you do that? He compares the selection of films with a wine tasting.

“You can try a lot of wines in an hour, but you won't. But experts can, »said the Italian Chatrian. "Sometimes they just try the wines, they don't drink the glass." Sometimes after a short time you can tell whether this is the right film for the program or not.

Productions of streaming platforms were also included. The fact that providers such as Netflix compete at film festivals, brings cinema operators, in particular, to the barricades. They fear for their business if streaming platforms win awards with their films, but the productions do not run properly in the cinema. Cinema operators had protested last year.

The new Berlinale dual leadership does not want to exclude streaming services per se. "We have a rule: if films from streaming platforms want to run in competition, they must have a theatrical release," said Chatrian. What kind of theatrical release that is - i.e. how many cinemas have to show the film - is not specified. "I can't give a distributor a rule that he has to show a film in 200 cinemas."

The duo has already changed a few details. The posters no longer depict bears, but abstract designs. And before the festival starts, there will be talks with directors. The competition program will be presented on January 29 - in one fell swoop. A festival is not just the sum of the film titles, says Chatrian. “It's not about picking the raisins out. It's about telling a story. »

Berlinale website

Announcements about the festival

Berlinale on Twitter

Festival on Facebook

Message to Helen Mirren

Announcement from the Berlinale about "Pinocchio"

Program of the "Panorama" division

First films for "Forum Expanded"

To the series "Perspective German Cinema"

Source: zeit

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