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Berlinale Talents 2017




Courage: Against All Odds

12.02.2017 - Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Verhoeven, moderated by Peter Cowie

Tackling our main theme of this year, jury president Paul Verhoeven and jury member Maggie Gyllenhaal kick off this edition of Berlinale Talents. Working since the 1970s between the Netherlands and Hollywood, between art house and blockbuster, Dutch …



No Longer There: The Art of Disappearance

12.02.2017 - Christo

In July 1995, no less than 23 years after the project’s inception, artist Christo and his partner Jeanne-Claude completed Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin 1971–95. For two weeks only, Berliners were wowed by the transformation of the old parliament buil…



Kill Your Darlings

12.02.2017 - Susan Korda

“Good editing is like good sex,” exclaims editor and director Susan Korda (One of Us). “You create an expectation in your audience – and then you fulfil it.” Tracing finished film scenes from Bonnie & Clyde and Jaws back to the initial “O…



Walking Home Ideas: Inspirational Flows

12.02.2017 - Ana Lily Amirpour, moderated by Christoph Gröner

Ana Lily Amirpour’s unforgettably atmospheric feature debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, tagged "the first Iranian vampire western,” woos genre-lovers with its cool pastiche of pop-culture references and deliciously romantic mood swings. Al…



Doc Different: Co-Producing Culture

13.02.2017 - Kimberly Drew, Nanna Heidenreich, Elise McCave, Dorothee Wenner, moderated by Alison Norrington

Making a documentary easily spans years, and during this development and production process often more cultural exchange and impact is created than during the so-called “theatrical release.” Bringing together the knowledge of filmmakers, curators…



Body Experience: Sounds From Insides

13.02.2017 - Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Nicolas Becker, moderated by Milena Fessmann

Often these days the canned scores of blockbusters seem almost indistinguishable. But why leave your audience tone-deaf when half the impact of a good story emanates from an original soundtrack? Through a range of collaborations from experimental (A …



World Building Live: Future Cities, Surveillance and Spectacle

13.02.2017 - Itamar Kubovy, Alex McDowell, Kamal Sinclair, Trisha Williams, moderated by Juan DiazB

World building designates an iterative and collaborative narrative practice in which the deep understanding of a world precedes the telling of a story. Interdisciplinary experts and Talents engage the audience in a session to holistically visualize t…



I'm British But ... The Many States of Film

13.02.2017 - Gurinder Chadha, moderated by Ben Gibson

Gurinder Chadha became a household name in the UK with the runaway success of Bend It Like Beckham, in 2002 the highest-grossing British film to date at the national box office. Born in Nairobi of Punjabi Sikh Kenyan Asian origin, Chadha grew up in E…



Fifty-Fifty: Producing Gender Equality

14.02.2017 - Joslyn Barnes, Anna Serner, Vinca Wiedemann, Isabell Šuba, moderated by Toby Ashraf

While great strides have been made recently by women in the film industry, there is no denying the facts: filmmaking mirrors many other professions in that it is still a little boys’ club. Prominent advocates for the cause examine the current state…



Real Virtualities: Gob Squad Goes VR

14.02.2017 - Sean Patten, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost, moderated by Friedrich Kirschner

As a new technology hyped to go mainstream in the near future, Virtual Reality is all the buzz. But the practice of ascribing the spectator an active role is long familiar from the worlds of performance art. Since 1994, much beloved British-German co…



Local Heroes: Community Cinema Reloaded

14.02.2017 - Anthony Killick, Youssef Shazli, Verena von Stackelberg, moderated by Agnès Salson

Since the digital revolution, the doomsday prophecies of the death of the local cinema have proven largely unfounded. On the contrary, many innovative screening spaces are cropping up across regions worldwide. This trend is evidence that going to cin…



The Freedom Gene: How to Remain an Optimist

14.02.2017 - Agnieszka Holland, moderated by Anne Lakeberg

In “post-truth” times, storytellers in cinema are faced with the challenge to redefine their roles as purveyors of truths – critical and activistic voices – while keeping a positive attitude and good humour. Polish director Agnieszka Holland,…



Pleasant Surprises: Stories Left to Be Found

14.02.2017 - Isabel Coixet, moderated by Peter Cowie

“It’s on sharing stories, my father, the cold and Kim Kardashian,” says Spanish filmmaker Isabel Coixet about her latest short film It's Not That Cold Siberia. In a session that combines the first public screening with an extensive conversation…



Between the Lines: Film, Critique

15.02.2017 - Senem Aytaç, Ceylan Özgün Özçelik , moderated by Rasha Salti

In its 15th year, Altyazi is a monthly publication and website noted for its promotion of Turkish and international independent cinema and its revival of critical discourse within film culture. Altyazi editor Senem Aytaç details how the story of the…



In Another World: You Can Be Everything

15.02.2017 - David OReilly, moderated by Maike Mia Höhne

Famous for stripping down 3D graphics to the point of absurdity, the animated films of young Irish-born filmmaker and artist David OReilly have garnered over 80 awards, including the Golden Bear. Having recently stormed the world of video game and ap…



Naked Cinema: A Set Is a Safe Haven

15.02.2017 - Heidi Levitt, Timothy Spall, moderated by Peter Cowie

Instead of Sally Potter, her casting director Heidi Levitt will join Timothy Spall to discuss how to help actors show emotional intimacy on set. As viewers of films we experience along with our protagonists, sharing with them their birth, their fi…



Past Progressive: Living Archives of Revolution

15.02.2017 - João Moreira Salles, Andres Veiel, moderated by Dorothee Wenner

Reviewing material from the archives is telling not only about the moment of its production, but also for what it can reveal about the present and our contemporary lens of interpretation. Presenting films in the festival that revisit revolutionary ar…



More Than Words: Subtitling and Live Voice-Over

16.02.2017 - Ian Burley, Marie Dumora, Andrea Kirchhartz, Rebekah Smith, Beatrice von Moreau, moderated by Natascha Noack

When film dialogue is professionally translated through subtitling, the viewer forgets the process of reading. As a form of literary translation, subtitling is a highly skilled technical craft and at the same time an art form. How is cultural specifi…



Shock of the Real: History As Provocation

16.02.2017 - Raoul Peck, moderated by Ben Gibson

Acclaimed Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck has created a body of work in documentary and fiction distinguished by its critical engagement and intellectual courage. Taking on such specters of postcolonial injustice as underdevelopment, racism and communal…



Your Engagement Has Consequences

16.02.2017 - Olafur Eliasson, moderated by Florian Weghorn

The experiential works of Icelandic visual artist and International Jury member Olafur Eliasson play with light, scale, architecture and the mechanics of perception. By making space tangible, and configuring the viewer’s body within it, Eliasson’…