Berlinale Co-Head Mariëtte Rissenbeek to Step Down After 2024 Fest
Mariëtte Rissenbeek, the executive director of the Berlin International Film Festival, will step down after next year’s Berlinale. The German culture ministry, which finances the festival, announced Thursday that Rissenbeek will not be renewing her current contract, which expires in March 2024. German Culture Minister Claudia Roth said she accepted the resignation “with great regret” […]
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