Scribe attacks Berlinale office


A nasty posting by film journalist Wolfgang Hobel of Spiegel Online attacking the Berlinale press office has given the Berlin International Film Festival its first online scandal.

"The hardest, meanest, most unhelpful press department in the world ... with maximum unfriendliness and Prussian administrative crabbiness," Hobel wrote.

The blog entry immediately sparked an online backlash, including an entry from one contributor with the comment, "Looks like someone didn't get his ticket for the opening party." Hobel, in fact, did ask for an opening-party invite on the day of the event and did not receive one.

"Since that absurd post, we've been flooded with messages of support," Berlinale press head Frauke Greiner said. (partialdiff)