Berlin Festival Director Calls Donald Trump the "Most Over-Rated President in History"

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Dieter Kosslick

Echoing Trump's recent tweet about Meryl Streep, Dieter Kosslick tells German TV that politics will again take center stage at Germany's leading film festival.

Berlin Film Festival director Dieter Kosslick has taken aim at U.S. President Donald Trump, calling him "the most over-rated president in history."

Kosslick made the comment in an interview with German TV network Deutsche Welle. Kosslick deliberately echoed Trump's tweet about actress Meryl Streep, in which he called her "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood" after Streep criticized Trump at the Golden Globes.

Kosslick has said he doesn't want discussion of Donald Trump to dominate coverage of the Berlin festival, but politics have always been a central part of the fest, and this year is no different. Films such as Raoul Peck's Young Karl Marx, Oren Moverman's The Dinner and festival opener Django, about musician Django Reinhardt touch on political issues.

“The discussion at the moment is all about refugees and populism  when what we should be talking about is that the rich are getting ever richer and the poor ever poorer,” said Kosslick in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “We have to change course. We've always said this, and we are saying it even louder this year. So, yes, we are political.”

The Berlin Film Festival kicks off Thursday and runs through Feb. 19.