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berlinale 2023

Berlin Film Fest Adds Donna Summer Doc, Disney Tribute, Honor for ‘Holy Motors’ Cinematographer Caroline Champetier

The 2023 Berlin International Film Festival will honor French cinematographer Caroline Champetier with a Berlinale Camera award for lifetime achievement. Champetier, who has lensed groundbreaking work for such directors as François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Leos Carax, Claude Lanzmann and Margarethe von Trotta, will be presented with the award at this year’s Berlinale on Feb. 23. […]

Berlin: Hollywood Takes a Back Seat as Film Fest Focuses on Ukraine, Iran

The Berlin Film Festival, held every year in February, the cruelest month of the German winter, has never been able to match the Mediterranean flair of Cannes or Venice, or the laid-back indie cool of Sundance. But when it comes to serious movies, few festivals, big or small, can match the Berlinale.  In place of […]

Berlin Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup; Sean Penn’s Ukraine Doc to Screen Out of Competition

The Berlin International Film Festival unveiled the competition lineup for its 2023 edition on Monday morning, naming the 18 movies that will compete for the coveted Gold and Silver Bears at the 73rd Berlinale. Berlinale executive director Mariette Rissenbeek and artistic director Carlo Chatrian presented a very international and arthouse-heavy lineup, with a strong focus […]

Berlin Festival Extends Russian Ban to Iranian-Backed Companies, Outlets

The Berlin Film Festival and its accompanying European Film Market will not accredit any companies or media outlets with direct ties to the Russian or Iranian governments, the Berlinale confirmed in a statement Wednesday.  Berlin introduced a ban on Russian-backed companies and outlets last year following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, following a policy also implemented […]

Berlin Generation Sidebar Adds New Films With Sharon Horgan, Brendan Gleeson, Devid Striesow

The Berlin Film Festival has unveiled the final titles for its Generation sidebar of youth and children’s films, adding the animated feature Greyhound of a Girl, which features the voices of Irish actors Brendan Gleeson and Sharon Horgan; the Ukrainian documentary We Will Not Fade Away on teenagers living in the war-torn Donbas region; and the highly-anticipated German […]

Berlin Completes Panorama Lineup With New Films With George MacKay, Sandra Huller and Joan Baez

The Berlin International Film Festival on Wednesday unveiled the final films for its 2023 Panorama section, the Berlinale’s main sidebar. The 2023 lineup includes several world premieres, including Femme, the debut feature from directors Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping, a drag artist revenge thriller staring 1917 actor George MacKay and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett; The […]

Berlin Completes 2023 Forum Lineup 

The Berlin Film Festival on Monday unveiled the full lineup for its 2023 Forum section, its sidebar for independent and avant-garde cinema.  Highlights include Allensworth, a new documentary from acclaimed U.S. filmmaker James Benning (RR, 13 Lakes), which looks at the first self-administered African-American municipality in California; the drama The Temple Woods Gang from director Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche (Story […]

Berlinale Series to Premiere Shows From HBO Max, Amazon, Disney+

A 1970s Cold War spy thriller from HBO Max, a British-Italian mafia-themed drama and an Amazon Prime cop show set in India are among the new series highlights that will have their world premieres at the 2023 Berlinale Series, the Berlin Film Festival’s television showcase. They are HBO Max’s Spy/Master, a German-Romanian co-production about a […]

Berlin Secures World Premiere of Helen Mirren’s ‘Golda,’ Unveils Special Galas

The Berlin International Film Festival has added several out-of-competition world premieres to its 2023 lineup, including Golda, Guy Nattiv’s political biopic starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. The feature, which co-stars Camille Cottin and Liev Schreiber, will screen as a Berlinale Special Gala at the 73rd Berlin festival.  Kill Boksoon, an action […]

‘She Came to Me,’ Starring Peter Dinklage and Anne Hathaway, to Open Berlin Film Festival

She Came to Me, a romantic comedy from director and screenwriter Rebecca Miller (Maggie’s Plan) that stars Peter Dinklage and Anne Hathaway, will open the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 16. Marisa Tomei, Joanna Kulig and Brian d’Arcy James co-star in the U.S. feature from Protagonist Pictures, which will have its world premiere […]

Berlin Fest Unveils Co-Production, Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Retrospective Titles

The 2023 Berlin International Film Festival has unveiled the in-development projects vying for financing and production partners at this year’s co-production market, with 33 projects from 26 countries selected.  Highlights include The Blindsight, the latest from Ukraine director Ruslan Batytskyi (A Rising Fury), from 2Brave Productions; Peeled Skin from Leonie Krippendorff (Fucking Berlin), which Germany’s Kineo Filmproduktion is […]

Berlin Fest Adds World Premieres of John Malkovich’s ‘Seneca,’ Alex Gibney’s Boris Becker Doc

Ahead of the Christmas holidays, the Berlin Film Festival on Tuesday unveiled a number of films, and one series, that will screen out of competition at next year’s Berlinale. Among the highlights are the world premieres of Infinity Pool, the latest horror feature from Canadian director Brandon Cronenberg, starring Mia Goth and Alexander Skarsgård; the […]