Raise the curtain for the biggest public festival in the world. As from 11 February 2016, Germany’s capital will again be dominated by the cinema for ten days. The 66th Berlinale will be showing over 400 films and film premières, aiming to inspire and touch their audiences and to open up new worlds – with mega-productions or arthouse cinema.
The festival centres around the Berlinale competition, with the winning film receiving the Golden Bear. 18 films are competing for the coveted award. Oscar winners Joel and Ethan Coen will open the 66th Berlinale with their new film Hail, Caesar! The American brothers (No Country for Old Men) won the services of stars like George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum for this comedy about the ‘golden age of Hollywood’. The German competition entry 24 Weeks comes from Anne Zohra Berrached (Two Mothers): Julia Jentsch plays a sixth-months-pregnant cabaret artist who learns that her unborn child has a severe heart defect and Down syndrome. The films running outside the competition are shown in the sections Panorama, Forum, Generation for Children and Young People, and the German category Perspektive Deutsches Kino.
World première of The Diary of Anne Frank
There will be a special screening of Life On The Border, by the Kurdish film maker Bahman Ghobadi (Turtles Can Fly). Together with other directors, he enabled eight children from the Kobanê and Singal refugee camps to tell their stories with the camera, so the audience sees the world through their eyes. Another special screening will feature the world première of Hans Steinbichler’s The Diary of Anne Frank, featuring actor stars Martina Gedeck and Ulrich Noethen. The German literary adaptation shows the Jewish girl Anne (Lea van Acken) in her hiding place behind a tenement building in Amsterdam, looks back at preceding carefree times – and pans forward to the tragic events that followed.
66th Berlin International Film Festival from 11 to 21 February 2016.