Berlin Festival takes 60th party public

Two fest films a night to be shown in the suburbs

COLOGNE, Germany -- To celebrate its 60th anniversary, the Berlin International Film Festival is taking cinema to the public with a series of red-carpet screenings in neighborhoods across the German capital.

The initiative, called Berlinale goes Kiez ("neighborhood" in Berlin dialect), will see the festival traveling east to west and south to north between Feb. 11-21, screening two festival films every night at a different local arthouse cinema. Every evening will feature a red-carpet gala with talent from the film attending.

Unlike Cannes or Venice, Berlin is a public festival. For the 2009 event, locals bought 275,000 tickets. But the majority of festival screenings are at cinemas in or around Postdamer Platz, miles away from many Berlin neighborhoods.