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House of Talents Podcast

Our podcast series Berlinale’s House of Talents is a deep dive into our world, plunging you into the making of the magic we call cinema. Join us as we guide you through the Talents-sphere, featuring stimulating conversations with internationally acclaimed filmmakers and artists from our archives.

Berlinale’s House of Talents is brought to you in cooperation with Goethe-Institut. Please also check out the European Film Market's podcast series Industry Insights. The podcast is available on all major platforms, e.g. Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

Episode 6 – Working With Wes

Seeing the world through Wes Anderson’s films triggers a child-like feeling of wonderment. In this episode, we take you closer to the people and crafts behind Wes’ visionary cinema. With Jay Clarke, Simon Weisse and Tristan Oliver, we delve into his live-action and animated features to explore questions of storyboarding, prop making and animation cinematography.

Episode 5 – Nothing like Dreaming: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

From the impossibility of nothingness to the seeming nothingness of death. In this episode, we sit down with renowned Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. True to Apichatpong’s unconventional narrative work, this talk draws us into meditative spaces, inviting us to slowly question filmmaking habits and the rat-race of expectations we are all involved in.

Episode 4 – New Faces Breaking Old Habits

Time to break with old habits. In this episode, we hear from film professionals who are committed to challenging norms and promoting alternative ways of thinking about filmmaking. They boldly engage in discussions on representation in the industry and although change doesn’t happen overnight, what these African and indigenous filmmakers, curators, queer collectives and people behind community cinemas sketch out are the many paths that lead to it.

Episode 3 – Coming of Age with Céline Sciamma

In this episode, we sit down with one of French cinema’s most prominent voices: Céline Sciamma. Drawing on Anglo-Saxon and French filmmaking traditions, the writer and director (Water Lilies, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Petite Maman) portrays characters caught up in new desires, bridging childhood and adulthood. At Berlinale Talents 2021, we got the chance to ask Céline about her artistic coming-of-age before we turned to her “delicate machines”: that is to say, her films.

Episode 2 – The Nature of Collaborations

In this episode, we take a closer look at some of the different stations involved in movie-making. Cinematographers, screenwriters, and production designers pitch in as we travel through the Berlinale Talents archive to understand what it takes to carry a director’s vision to the big screen. The pros we talked to – visionaries like Josephine Decker, Agnès Godard or Uli Hanisch – are clear on one aspect of filmmaking: the virtue of collaboration.

Episode 1 – Cinema on the Verge - A Conversation with Kleber Mendonça Filho

Our journey through the Berlinale Talents archive begins with the award-winning Brazilian screenwriter, director, critic and festival organiser Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius; Bacurau). The precarious political situtuation in Brazil means filmmakers are on the verge of a crisis, yet find themselves in one of the best moments of Brazilian cinema. Within the frame of ‘Collectives’ during Berlinale Talents 2020, Kleber Mendonça Filho reflects on the artistic responces to the societal tensions and inequalities in conversation with Vincenzo Bugno, Head of the World Cinema Fund, and discusses a desire within the film industry to support dissident creative voices and challenge established hierarchies.