The 2020 Berlin Film Festival was the last major global film event that took place physically before the coronavirus pandemic began devastating the world.
The 2021 edition is, understandably, very different from previous editions. As first revealed by Variety, the festival’s 71st edition will take place in two stages. Industry platforms European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and the World Cinema Fund will be online March 1-5. Meanwhile, June 9-20 will see a physical summer public event, pandemic permitting.
In recent days, the festival has revealed its Generation lineup, shorts selections, and the Encounter, Panorama and Perspektive Deutsches Kino choices.
Refresh this page from 11am CET to see the latest Berlinale competition and Berlinale special titles as they are revealed by festival executive director Mariette Rissenbeek and artistic director Carlo Chatrian.
Rissenbeek began proceedings with an address. Excerpts from a pre-published statement:
“We had to come to terms with the fact that a normal Berlinale would probably
not be possible in February 2021. But, at the same time, we knew that, after many
months of the pandemic and the closure of the cinemas, a vast number of filmmakers
and dedicated people in the industry were urgently looking for a platform where they
could continue their work.”
Berlinale Special Titles
“Nebenan” (Next Door) by Daniel Brühl. With Daniel Brühl, Peter Kurth.
“Természetes fény” (Natural Light) by Dénes Nagy. With Ferenc Szabó, Tamás Garbacz, László Bajkó.
“Memory Box” by Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige. With Rim Turki, Manal Issa, Paloma Vauthier.
“Inteurodeoksyeon” (Introduction) by Hong Sangsoo. With Shin Seokho, Park Miso, Kim Minhee.
“Ich bin dein Mensch” (I’m Your Man) by Maria Schrader. With Maren Eggert, Dan Stevens, Sandra Hüller.
“Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse” (Mr Bachmann and His Class) by Maria Speth. With Dieter Bachmann and pupils of class 6b.
“Rengeteg – mindenhol látlak” (Forest – I See You Everywhere) by Bence Fliegauf. With Laura Podlovics, István Lénárt, Lilla Kizlinger, Zsolt Végh, László Cziffer, Juli Jakab, Ági Gubík.
“Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde” (Fabian – Going to the Dogs) by Dominik Graf. With Tom Schilling, Saskia Rosendahl, Albrecht Schuch.
“Ghasideyeh gave sefid” (Ballad of a White Cow) by Behtash Sanaeeha, Maryam Moghaddam. With Maryam Moghaddam, Alireza Sanifar.
“Babardeală cu buclucsau porno balamuc” (Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn) by Radu Jude. With Katia Pascariu, Claudia Ieremia, Olimpia Mălai.
“Albatros” (Drift Away) by Xavier Beauvois. With Jérémie Renier, Marie-Julie Maille, Victor Belmondo.
“Petite Maman” by Céline Sciamma. With Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse.
“Una Película de Policías” (A Cop Movie) by Alonso Ruizpalacios. With Mónica Del Carmen, Raúl Briones.
“Ras vkhedavt, rodesac cas vukurebt?” (What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?) by Alexandre Koberidze. With Ani Karseladze, Giorgi Bochorishvili, Vakhtang Fanchulidze.
“Guzen to sozo” (Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy) by Ryusuke Hamaguchi. With Kotone Furukawa, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Fusako Urabe.