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The EFM said Friday that its exhibition areas in Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Marriott Hotel were “already largely booked out” for the 2022 in-person event, which will be held Feb. 10-17.
The 2022 Berlin Film Festival will also be held in-person, running Feb. 10-20. The EFM went online-only this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 Berlin Film Festival held an online version in February and an outdoor, in-person event in the summer.
As the first major film market of the year, Berlin 2022 will be a testing ground to see if producers, distributors and sales companies are willing to return en masse to in-person events. Hybrid markets, like Cannes this year, or online-only versions, such as the 2021 American Film Market, have been successful, and many have questioned whether the industry is ready to embrace the risks (and costs) of an in-person Berlin, particularly given the uncertainty surrounding the fast-spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
The EFM, however, seems confident Berlin 2022 will be a success. Launching its market under the motto “It all (re)starts here,” organizers outlined a program that looks much like that of the pre-pandemic era, with screenings in local cinemas as well as online and a packed conference schedule that includes the popular EFM industry sessions that focus on issues transforming the film business worldwide.
The 2022 EFM will also see a return of its television section, the Berlinale Series Market, which will run Feb. 14-16 at Berlin’s Zoo Palast.
The Berlin Film Festival on Friday also revealed details of its 2022 retrospective and Berlinale Classics program. The retrospective “No Angels — Mae West, Rosalind Russell & Carole Lombard” — a look at the screwball comedy queens of the 1930s and 40s — will kick off Feb. 11, as will a 4K restored screening of Gregory La Cava’s 1936 classic My Man Godfrey, starring Lombard in a performance that earned her an Oscar nomination. Other highlights include Mae West iconic films
I’m No Angel (1933), Klondike Annie (1936) and Belle of the Nineties (1934) — the latter in a new 4K restored print from Universal Pictures — and several Rosalind Russell favorites, including Howard Hawks’ His Girl Friday (1940), the Michael Curtiz-directed Four’s a Crowd (1938) and 1940 feature Hired Wide from director William A. Seiter.
As part of its 2022 Berlinale Classics lineup, the festival will show a restored version of the 1929 German silent film Brüder (Brothers) from director Werner Hochbaum. The movie, a depiction of the 1896/’97 Hamburg dockworkers strike, was groundbreaking in its use of nonprofessional actors and documentary-like scenes shot on location at the dockyards. The restored film will have its world premiere at Berlin’s Friedrichstadt-Palast, accompanied by a new musical score, written by Berlin composer Martin Grütter, which will be played live by the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of conductor Raphael Haeger.
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