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Berlin’s summer festival is going ahead after all.
On Monday, the Berlin International Film Festival confirmed it would hold an in-person, open-air festival to screen the winners of this year’s 2021 Berlinale.
The outdoor Berlinale Summer Special will be held June 9-June 20 at 16 venues across the German capital.
Berlin had initially warned it might have to cancel the event, citing concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But with COVID-19 infection rates falling in Germany, and vaccine numbers rising, Berlin has fixed its dates.
“Both Berlin’s falling seven-day incidence for COVID-19, as well as positive signals by government offices to support the request for a pilot project with mandatory testing, have reinforced the festival directors’ planning of an all-outdoor event,” organizers said. “Audiences will be getting a very special, collective festival experience – something we’ve all been missing for such a long time. The Summer Special is geared towards re-igniting the desire to go to the cinema, and to contributing to the revival of cultural activities with an audience.”
The open-air locations will include a specially-created outdoor cinema at the historic Museum Island in Berlin as the main venue. The 15 other venues will be scattered across the city, in a bid to encourage locals to come out to watch.
The Berlinale Summer Special will kick off June 9 and hold an awards ceremony honoring this year’s winners — including the 2021 Golden Bear winner, Radu Jude’s Romanian satire Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn — on June 13.
Other winning titles, including Denges Nagy’s best director winner Natural Light, Maria Speth’s German documentary Herr Bachmann and his Class, which took this year’s jury prize, and Maria Schrader’s sci-fi romcom I’m Your Man, which won the best leading performance silver bear for star Maren Eggert, will also screen during the summer event.
The Berlinale Summer Special will also offer selected screenings for younger audiences. The summer program will be posted online May 20 with tickets going on sale May 27.
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