A very glamorous festival where artists, journalists, business people and film festival, attendees gather. Berlin is offered to all them during these ten days. The window is wide at the festival: in addition to new projects that will be screened, others compete for the award for the Golden and Silver Bear. These awards are for the best films, directors, actors, and is held at the Berlinale Palast, simply pure elegance.
This year, the kick-off of the Berlinale, is with “The Grandmaster” which although is not competing for any award, director Wong Kar-Wai will share his latest film and wiil be the chairman of the jury that will decide which films deserves to win. Also screened nominated films for the bold-pun-prize include Chilean-Spanish co-production “Gloria” by Sebastián Lelio. “Nobody` s Daugther Heawon “, by Korean Hong Sang-Soo. “Child´s Pose” by Calin Peter Netzer. “Promised Land” by director Van Sant Gud and “Paradise: Hope”, by the Austrian director Ulrich Siedl.
Not all films shown are the candidates for the awards, those that do not compete simply are disclosed in the cinematic landscape. This happens with the animated film “The Woods”.
During the ten-day festival, all films are divided into ten sections. Some are: International language film exhibit, the ”Berlinale Short features”, this short section is a very interesting and innovative one. “Panorama”, which opens to all kinds of films and that, once submitted, there is the opportunity to participate in speeches and discussions between directors, actors and journalists. Furthermore, the section “Forum”, is presented as a more critical bold and experimental perspective. “Generation” aimed primarily at children and young people who opt for the Crystal Bear. “Perspektive Deutsches Kino”, this section is a totally “made in Germany” house brand. In the “Berlinale Special” festival director Dieter Kosslick., has chosen several classic filmmakers who have made their mark and films which, by whatever circumstances, are worthy of special attention. On the other hand, the “Retrospective” refreshes memory with classic projections that have gone down in history for their relevance. We must not forget “Homage” which honors in this edition French documentarian and producer, Claude Lanzmann. Finally, the section “Culinary Cinema” perhaps the most original in the topic; documentaries and shorts of the cuisine world has its role and at the end are projected to sample the menu of a chef who cooks something with one of the films as an inspiration.
There are ten interesting days in addition to participating actively and passively in this festival; you can also take the opportunity, between movie and movie, to visit the city of Berlin.
On the subject of where to sleep, if booked in time, it is no problem, because you can easily find apartments in Berlin and in the most central part of town!