Programme for
Monday, February 9, 2015

Tickets for all public events can be bought on the Berlinale website.


HAU2 09:00 - 10:30 Talents only

Early Bird Breakfast


Hosted by Canon.

Hot coffee, fruit, croissants, inspiring company. Could it get any better? Oh yeah! To celebrate the continued Berlinale Talents partnership, Canon will unveil several short films, commissioned with promising filmmakers from the 2014 event to showcase the best and brightest new filmmaking talent. The films will be presented over breakfast and later be available on the Canon Professional Network website.
HAU3 - Black Stage 09:00 - 14:30 Talents only

Playing the Character

Kristof Konrad, Jean-Louis Rodrigue

Pre-registration required.

This is a hands-on workshop for actors to learn how to build unforgettable characters through the Alexander Technique and physicalization. Actors engage with scripts as if they were mysteries, reading and uncovering clues to discover how they can use themselves more truthfully to create the character. Elements to be explored include physical and spatial circumstances, pursuing objectives, overcoming obstacles, playing actions, class and status, blood memory, animal exercise and the imagination. This workshop integrates these elements and process into a bold and brave human characterization.
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Kristof Konrad

Polish-trained actor, who studied and worked with directors like Andrzej Wajda, Kenneth Branagh, Ron Howard and Roland Emmerich. He taught Intensive Acting in Film Workshops in New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Toronto, Melbourne. His screen credits include: HOUSE OF CARDS, ANGELS AND DEMONS and INDEPENDENCE DAY.
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Jean-Louis Rodrigue

Internationally renowned acting coach, movement director, and producer. He has coached Leonardo DiCaprio in J. EDGAR, Josh Brolin in W and Paul Dano in LOVE AND MERCY. His client roster includes Juliette Binoche, Hilary Swank, Helena Bonham Carter, Sir Ian McKellen, Ang Lee and Keanu Reeves among many others. He is producing I'M YOUR MAN, a feature film starring Viola Davis, is co-director of AlexanderTech Works, and on faculty at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Los Angeles and Melbourne.
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HAU1 11:00 - 13:00 public event

Film Screening: How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

Josh Kim
moderated by Christine Tröstrum

In cooperation with Berlinale Panorama.

Director Josh Kim rallies the efforts of multiple former Talents including producers Edward Gunawan (2013), Maenum Chagasik (2013) and Anocha Suwichakornpong (2006), as well as editor Kamontorn Eakwattanakij (2011), post producer Lee Chatametikool (2006), location manager Wichanon Somumjarn (2010) and production designer Rasiguet Sookkarn (2014). Go Team Talents!
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Josh Kim

Korean-American filmmaker currently based in Asia. In 2010, he worked as Associate Producer on the Korean remake of John Woo’s A BETTER TOMORROW, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2010. He has since directed videos for Google, UEFA and Elite Models. Recently, he founded a micro-documentary web-series project called GOOGLE GLASS DIARIES, which has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Fast Company. His latest film HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME) will premiere in this year's Berlinale Panorama section.
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Moderated by

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Christine Tröstrum

Project Manager of Berlinale Talents. Christine worked for several film festivals in Germany and France until 2000. Amongst others, she was project manager until 2004 of Cartoon Movie, the European Co-Production Market for Animated Feature Films in Babelsberg, as well as head of an international conference series in Berlin-Brandenburg (today known as Media Convention) until 2005. Since 2004, she has been working for Berlinale Talents, of which she assumed general management in 2008 and continues to manage together with Florian Weghorn since 2014. She is one of the initiators of the Berlinale Residency programme and several Talents International programmes such as Talents Durban (South Africa), Talents Guadalajara (Mexico) and Talents Tokyo (Japan), initiatives realized through cooperations of Berlinale Talents and other film festivals. In 2016, she received a diploma in systemic organisational counseling and change management.

HAU3 - Top Floor 11:00 - 13:00 public event

The Survival Guide to Digital Workflows

Stefan Ciupek, Dirk Meier

In cooperation with Canon, tectum - film equipment rental and DFFB.

Stefan Ciupek, DoP and previously digital camera supervisor on projects like SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and ANTICHRIST, and colourist Dirk Meier, who has worked on the recent films by Anton Corbijn and Roy Andersson, meet to talk about Stefan's latest project, THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON. They will discuss the variety of technical pitfalls and disasters that can happen on such a big budget production. In this intimate session, Ciupek will focus on the changing role of digital image technicians as digital workflows evolve to create new responsibilities both in pre-production and on set. Other topics will include the technical challenges of camera and lens choice, quality control and look creation, the grading of rushes, the calibration of displays and the successful collaboration with a fellow DoP.
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Stefan Ciupek

Renowned cinematographer and colourist, he is a specialist in digital cameras and post-production. Stefan has worked on critically acclaimed films such as Alexander Sokurov’s RUSSIAN ARK, Danny Boyle’s SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and Lars von Trier’s ANTICHRIST. His latest works as cinematographer include the arthouse drama IN EMBRYO and the thriller THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON.
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Dirk Meier

German colorist and postproduction consultant, he is an expert at color management and digital film postproduction. He worked for German and international companies like The Post Republic, ARRI and Zentropa, on films such as Lars von Trier's ANTICHRIST, Roy Andersson’s A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH... and Anton Corbijn’s LIFE. He's also currently heading the world's first long-term training programme for color grading UP.GRADE at the DFFB in Berlin.
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HAU3 - Top Floor 14:00 - 15:30 public event

Cross Media I: Creating Identity for Your Project

Sean Coleman, Miranda Fleming, Raphaëlle Huysmans, Liz Rosenthal, Essi Suomela, Timo Vuorensola

In cooperation with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Creative Skillset.

Interactive storytelling experiences as well as games are often considered as secondary in the development of traditional media products, as part of marketing not part of the core story. Liz Rosenthal, CEO and founder of Power to the Pixel, and writer and producer Sean Coleman (NETWARS) will explore how cross media approaches and new forms of interactive media can be used more efficiently to incubate new stories and projects for today’s connected audiences. Whether for a feature film, a TV series or new media project, a strategic cross-platform approach to story development and rapid prototyping of your idea will help develop your project and audience simultaneously.

Followed by:
Network Breakout
15:30–16:30 // HAU3, Top Floor

Interested in raising funds and building an audience through crowdfunding? During this relaxed get-together hosted by Indiegogo, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, you can speak directly to Indiegogo representatives about crowdfunding your project. In addition, the Berlinale Talents experts from the cross media panels will be refreshing themselves and looking forward to meeting you at this mixer.
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Sean Coleman

Scriptwriter, novelist and producer, who has created a number of hugely successful and award-winning cross-platform projects for Living TV, Trouble, O2, Sony Pictures, Fox International, Bebo.com, MSN, Channel 4 and the BBC. He is currently the lead writer of MILLI – a series of picture books, interactive storybooks for tablets and animated television shows for pre-school children. Last year, he wrote a three-part graphic novel series for the cross-platform project “Netwars: OUT of CTRL”. At the same time he completed his first crime thriller novel, “The Code” – also part of the NETWARS project. His second novel in the NETWARS series, “Down Time”, was published in January this year.

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Miranda Fleming

Miranda is UK Film & Creative for Indiegogo. She supports film campaigns launching on Indiegogo in the UK and Europe and is an award winning producer of short and feature films. She's been the executive producer of the Sundance winning feature film ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE, produced the feature film DUMMY, which starred Aaron Johnson (50 Shades of Grey) and was distributed by Lionsgate and sold by Shoreline Entertainment.

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Raphaëlle Huysmans

French-Canadian multi-platform producer. In 2008 she started as a project manager of several television and web projects at the multi-platform production house TOXA. She is handling the development, financing and production of TOXA’s TV and interactive projects. Among others, she has overseen the production of DISPARUS, a humorous interactive investigation (Radio-Canada.ca), the documentary game and film FORT MCMONEY (NFB/ARTE) and the TV series TAMY@UK (Évasion).

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Liz Rosenthal

Expert in cross-platform, interactive storytelling and business models, she is founder and CEO of leading media innovation company Power to the Pixel, based in London. Power to the Pixel runs the annual Cross-Media Forum, The Pixel Lab and advises international media organizations, producers and creators.
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Essi Suomela

Essi runs the company Space Boy with Timo Vuorensola. SPACEBOY is a crowd funding and production company focusing on consulting crowd funding campaigns and producing feature films and TV.

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Timo Vuorensola

Finnish writer and director. After short films and music videos he directed STAR WRECK and started an unprecedented online campaign for his audience to fund, contribute and participate in his project IRON SKY, which he directed and which became an international breakout hit. Timo is currently working on the sequel and further projects. He has also set up a crowdfunding consulting company Spaceboy, which is consulting film- and other productions to hit and go beyond their crowdfunding goal.
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HAU2 14:00 - 15:30 public event

Hybrid News: Documenting True Events

Atsushi Funahashi, Shaibu Husseini, Marcelo Martinessi
moderated by Oliver Baumgarten

In cooperation with Berlinale Forum and Berlinale NATIVe.

Documentaries are becoming increasingly popular and are reaching wider audiences via new online platforms and in the cinema. Along with the new diversity of platforms, we are witnessing the emergence of hybrid formats that not only borrow from fiction but also appropriate elements of journalism. This panel brings together three Berlinale Talents alumni, noted Nigerian film critic and journalist Shaibu Husseini, Japanese filmmaker Atsushi Funahashi (NUCLEAR NATION II) and Marcelo Martinessi from Paraguay (MAN OF THE NORTH) to consider their approaches to create stories both for the news and documentary work. Questions of access to knowledge, freedom of speech and press and the tricky issue of truth will be tackled from their different perspectives.
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Atsushi Funahashi

Japanese director. His early films BIG RIVER and DEEP IN THE VALLEY, just like his gripping films about the aftermath of the Fukushima tragedy, the documentary NUCLEAR NATION and the feature film COLD BLOOM, were all shown in the Berlinale Forum section. His follow-up NUCLEAR NATION II was once again selected for this year's Berlinale Forum.
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Shaibu Husseini

Nigerian journalist and film critic, writing for The Guardian in Nigeria's former capital Lagos. His book on the national film culture, called “Moviedom…the Nollywood Narratives: Clips on the Pioneers” was published in 2010. Last year he was honored as the “Best Film Journalist and Nollywood Critic” at the annual Nollywood Film Festival in Germany.

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Marcelo Martinessi

Paraguayan director and editor, who studied film in New York and London. He has mainly been directing fiction and documentary works about Paraguay's civil war and dictatorship. His short ULTIMA STREET screened at the Berlinale Generation section in 2011 and KARAI NORTE was shown in Berlinale Shorts in 2009 and is once again presented in this year's Berlinale NATIVe section.

Moderated by

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Oliver Baumgarten

German film journalist and curator. He was co-founder and editor-in-chief for the film magazine “Schnitt” and initiator and co-host of the “Filmplus” editing and montage event. He helped develop SOFA – School of Film Agents, an intensive training and workshop programme for film mediators, and was appointed programme manager of the Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken in 2014. He also curated programmes like “Celluloid Curtain”, a Goethe-Institut initiative on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall, which was presented in London, Berlin, Budapest, Vilnius, Zagreb and Helsinki.

HAU1 14:30 - 15:45 public event

Drama Series: Land of Endless Opportunities

Matthew Weiner
moderated by Ben Gibson

Within the framework of the Drama Series Days.

Within the framework of the Drama Series Days. Legendary drama series writer, director and producer Matthew Weiner (MAD MEN) has brought us stories that are catchy as good ad campaigns and characters as deep as the bottom of Don Draper’s glass of whisky. This year a member of the International Jury, Weiner will share his rich experiences with shaping stories in the long run of a series and as a feature film director (ARE YOU HERE).
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Matthew Weiner

Since 2007, he has been the creator, executive producer and writer of the critically acclaimed television series MAD MEN. To date, he has received nine Emmys, two BAFTAS, three Golden Globes, numerous WGA awards and many other distinctions recognising his work on the series. As a director, he has been nominated twice by the DGA for his work behind the camera. ARE YOU HERE, starring Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, marks his feature film debut as a writer, director and producer. Metthew's other credits as a writer include the television series BECKER, THE NAKED TRUTH, and THE SOPRANOS, for which he was also an executive producer. He is a member of this year's Berlinale International Jury.

Moderated by

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Ben Gibson

Director at German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). From 2014 to 2015 he was Director of Degree Programs at AFTRS, the Australian film and television school in Sydney, and Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths, University of London. From 2001 to 2014 he was Director of the London Film School. He is a former independent producer and was Head of Production at the British Film Institute from 1988 to 1998. Ben has produced films by Terence Davies, Derek Jarman and many others. Before becoming a producer he was a distributor and exhibitor (The Other Cinema/ Metro Pictures), theatre director, film critic and journalist.
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HAU3 - Black Stage 15:30 - 19:30 Talents only

Beyond the Boundaries: Worlds Yet Untold I

Alex McDowell, Bruno Setola, Jeff Watson

In cooperation with USC/ 5D Institute, Los Angeles. Pre-registration required.

New technologies powerfully enable us to collaborate, play and sculpt the imagination into existence. This workshop is a collaborative exploration to develop a narrative world through the World Building practice, using new processes for its inception, development and prototype and allowing stories to emerge logically and intuitively from the worlds that create them. The workshop will allow participants the opportunity to reexamine the creative process itself, to discover and develop new ways of iterating and collaborating as the basis of creating multi-platform narrative and transmedia worlds.
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Alex McDowell

Narrative designer, creative director and professor of practice with over 35 years design experience in narrative media. He is Creative Director of 5D Global Studio, a multi-platform, cross-discipline design studio that uses World Building in service of real-world problems and real-world impact. He also collaborated with directors including Steven Spielberg (MINORITY REPORT, MINORITY REPORT), Tim Burton (CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY), David Fincher (FIGHT CLUB), Terry Gilliam (FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS) and Zack Snyder (WATCHMEN, MAN OF STEEL), among others. 5D applies world building in collaboration with a range of client partners including Nike, Intel, Boeing and more. McDowell is Professor of Practice at University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and director of the World Building Media Lab and Institute.
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Bruno Setola

Process architect at PlaySpace and head of the ‘Way of Play’ curriculum at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. He specialises in designing gameful and playful learning processes that engage and empower stakeholders to solve wicked problems.

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Jeff Watson

Award-winning artist and designer. He is also Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and Director at the Situation Lab (situationlab.org), a design research laboratory working at the intersections of narrative, space, and play.

HAU3 - Corner Room 16:00 - 16:45 Talents only

Meet the Expert: Iván Trujillo

Iván Trujillo

In cooperation with Talents Guadalajara. Pre-registration required.

As Festival director of the Guadalajara Inter national Film Festival, Iván Trujillo will be able to tell you all about the Latin American film industry, what the festival and the co-production market in Guadalajara have to offer you and how you can connect to them easily in the future.
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Iván Trujillo

General Director of the International Film Festival in Guadalajara and former filmmaker. In 1988 he won the Ariel award for Best Short Documentary with the film MARIPOSA MONARCA... ADIVINANZAS PARA SIEMPRE. From March 1989 through January 2009, he was director for Cinematographic Activities at the Filmoteca UNAM. He also served as president of the International Federation of Film Archives from 1999 to 2003 and as Cultural Counselor for the Embassy of Mexico in Cuba.

Berlinale Talents Market Hub 16:00 - 17:00 Talents only

European Film Market: Documentary Films

Sydney Levine

In cooperation with European Film Market and European Documentary Network. Pre-registration required.

The European Film Market (EFM) is a major place of convergence for international film professionals including distributors, buyers, producers, financiers, and sales agents and is the industry centre of the Berlinale. Located at the Martin Gropius Bau, the EFM is a bustling nine­day trade fair where over 8,000 parti­ cipants from 95 countries attend, and over 800 films are presented. Sydney Levine, a pioneer acquisitions executive, will conduct tours of the inner workings of the EFM. Three tours focus on special topics, two tours are designated for first timers.

FEB 9 | 16:00–17:00
Documentary Films

FEB 10 | 10:00–11:00
Financing and Production

FEB 10 | 16:00–17:00
Sales, Promotion and Distribution

FEB 11 | 10:00–11:00
For the First Time

FEB 11 | 16:00–17:00
For the First Time
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Sydney Levine

An educator and consultant with over 35 years' experience in the entertainment industry, she was a pioneer acquisitions executive and founder of FilmFinders, the first database worldwide for use by distributors, sales agents and festival programmers acquiring features. After 25 years, FilmFinders was merged with IMDbPro, where her blog SydneysBuzz about international film business developments still runs. She has taught courses on international distribution and marketing at Chapman University, UCLA Extension Film School Certificate Program, Woodbury University, Deutsche Welle Akademie, Cannes Producer Workshop, University of Shavli in Lithuania and elsewhere.
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HAU1 17:00 - 18:30 public event

Measuring Space: The Cinematography of Peter Zeitlinger

Peter Zeitlinger
moderated by Peter Cowie

In cooperation with Canon.

Acclaimed DoP Peter Zeitlinger is a longtime collaborator of Werner Herzog and Ulrich Seidl, contributing his visual genius to the style of their singular films. Zeitlinger stands for a cinematography without compromises, and his sharp and at the same time poetic approach to visual storytelling has yielded the dazzling and diverse looks e.g. for the 3D film CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS and most recently QUEEN OF THE DESERT, screening in Competition this year for the Golden Bear. A central focus of this in-depth master class will be how Zeitilinger illuminates cinematic spaces through cinematography, from the most diverse of natural landscapes to the darkest spaces of mankind.
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Peter Zeitlinger

Czech-Austrian director of photography, who has won several international awards and excels both at documentary as well as fictional filmmaking. He has worked with legendary Austrian directors like Ulrich Seidl and Götz Spielmann, and from 1995 on was the regular DoP for Werner Herzog, with whom he filmed both documentaries CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS and ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD and feature films like RESCUE DAWN and BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS. His latest film, Herzog's QUEEN OF THE DESERT, is in Competition at this year's Berlinale.
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Moderated by

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Peter Cowie

Film historian and former International Publishing Director of Variety magazine, he has written more than 30 books on major figures and eras of world cinema, including Bergman, Welles, Coppola, and Kurosawa. He published and edited the annual International Film Guide for 40 years. He has also contributed numerous commentaries to Criterion's DVD collection. He has been a consultant to Berlinale Talents since the programme's inception in 2003.
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HAU3 - Top Floor 17:00 - 18:30 public event

Cross Media II: How to Engage Your Audience

Raphaëlle Huysmans, Timo Vuorensola
moderated by Liz Rosenthal

In cooperation with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Creative Skillset.

The internet and interactivity have transformed audience culture, behaviour and storytelling. As audiences demand story experiences that are increasingly more social and interactive, this fundamental change in expectation creates new challenges for filmmakers and storytellers. Raphaëlle Huysmans will showcase the docu-game FORT MCMONEY, and Timo Vuorensola comes back to Berlin to share the latest ideas on his cross media cult hit IRON SKY UNIVERSE.
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Raphaëlle Huysmans

French-Canadian multi-platform producer. In 2008 she started as a project manager of several television and web projects at the multi-platform production house TOXA. She is handling the development, financing and production of TOXA’s TV and interactive projects. Among others, she has overseen the production of DISPARUS, a humorous interactive investigation (Radio-Canada.ca), the documentary game and film FORT MCMONEY (NFB/ARTE) and the TV series TAMY@UK (Évasion).

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Timo Vuorensola

Finnish writer and director. After short films and music videos he directed STAR WRECK and started an unprecedented online campaign for his audience to fund, contribute and participate in his project IRON SKY, which he directed and which became an international breakout hit. Timo is currently working on the sequel and further projects. He has also set up a crowdfunding consulting company Spaceboy, which is consulting film- and other productions to hit and go beyond their crowdfunding goal.
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Moderated by

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Liz Rosenthal

Expert in cross-platform, interactive storytelling and business models, she is founder and CEO of leading media innovation company Power to the Pixel, based in London. Power to the Pixel runs the annual Cross-Media Forum, The Pixel Lab and advises international media organizations, producers and creators.
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HAU2 17:00 - 18:30 public event

Basic Trust: Growing Relationships with Actors

Ursula Meier
moderated by Natascha Noack

In cooperation with Berlinale Generation.

Children don’t play by the logics and rules of the adult world, and provoking performances from young protagonists in film requires directorial skill. Through her highly acclaimed films, director Ursula Meier is known for her ability to create story worlds truly eye-to-eye with protagonists of all ages. Presenting clips from KACEY MOTTET KLEIN, BIRTH OF AN ACTOR, which screens in the Berlinale Generation short film competition, as well as excerpts from HOME and SISTER, Meier grants insight into her intimate work on set and the strong relation she has built up with young actor Kacey Mottet Klein and other professional and non-professional actors.
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Ursula Meier

French-Swiss writer and director. Her debut features HOME won several Swiss Film Awards, and her second film SISTER premiered at the Berlinale in 2012, won a Silver Bear and was nominated for the European Film Awards. Her latest short film KACEY MOTTET KLEIN, BIRTH OF AN ACTOR will premiere in this year's Berlinale Generation section.
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Moderated by

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Natascha Noack

Natascha works at the intersections of language, film, music and movement. She is a dancer and choreographer, translates films and film theory, appears as a voice-over artist and is a member of the selection committee of Generation, a section of the International Film Festival Berlin.

HAU1 - Fox Bar 18:45 - 19:45 Talents only

Happy Hour


Hosted by Deutsche Welle.

The journalists, trainees and volunteers from Deutsche Welle welcome Talents to make connections over drinks.
HAU1 - Attic Room 18:45 - 19:45 Talents only

Meet the Expert: Peter Zeitlinger

Peter Zeitlinger

In cooperation with Canon. Pre-registration required.

Longtime collaborator of Werner Herzog, cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger joins for a meeting with Talents interested in his work. He will answer your questions about cinematography and how DoPs and directors can improve and benefit from working together.
photo of Peter Zeitlinger

Peter Zeitlinger

Czech-Austrian director of photography, who has won several international awards and excels both at documentary as well as fictional filmmaking. He has worked with legendary Austrian directors like Ulrich Seidl and Götz Spielmann, and from 1995 on was the regular DoP for Werner Herzog, with whom he filmed both documentaries CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS and ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD and feature films like RESCUE DAWN and BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS. His latest film, Herzog's QUEEN OF THE DESERT, is in Competition at this year's Berlinale.
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