Thank you for dreaming with us during this very special edition of Berlinale Talents 2021. It is in no small part down to our 205 Talents from over 60 countries, our guests on stage and hundreds of enthusiastic cinema-lovers in the audience that it became not only a reality, but a success. We look forward to continuing to dream together into the future.
Every year, we select a theme for Berlinale Talents based on what could best serve our potential Talents and the film industry as a whole. In 2021, we could think of no better thread to connect us all than the communal idea of Dreams. When we dream, we go to the movies according to Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The opposite also holds. Since its very inception, cinema has invested our dreams with new meaning: early viewers were enchanted by a flight to the moon with Méliès or horrified at an speeding train coming their way in films by Edison and others. Since then, and through cinema, we have been offered countless vivid dreams: from the joyfully excessive cinema of Federico Fellini to the oneiric landscapes of Claire Denis and Sally Potter. It is precisely this utopian promise that drove this 19th edition of Berlinale Talents. We invited participants and audience to share their creative fantasies and professional nightmares in the pursuit of untold possibilities for artistic expression. And because our dreams have a better chance of coming true with the help of others, we welcomed a host of guests whose visions know no boundaries, whether poetically or politically.
Everything looked a little different this year, including Berlinale Talents, so it was the perfect time for a new perspective. We invited our Talents to take a break, go outside, look at their local environment with fresh eyes and share their reflections, their Dream of the Day, with us here.Explore
This year we had 205 Talents, and once again Deutsche Welle were on hand to create insightful portraits of a selection of them. Check out the videos below and browse the rest of the Talents here.
And the dreaming continues. Please get in touch with us with ideas and your new projects.