61 lectures about: Directing


Dancing Foxtrot

20.02.2018

Director Samuel Maoz and Israel Film Fund's legendary director Katriel Schory trace the evolution of the controversial, yet Oscar-shortlisted Foxtrot and why cinema is a haven of free speech in stormy times.

  • Creating Impact
  • Philosophy
  • Political Cinema
  • Funding
  • Directing




Kill Your Darlings

18.02.2018

Sharing tools learnt from Walter Murch and Michael Rabiger, director and editor Susan Korda lays bare secrets of the editing room in a practical case study.

  • Storytelling
  • Editing
  • Directing




New Frontiers: Brothers and Sisters of the West

18.02.2018

Reflecting on their “feminist Western” Damsel (Competition), Nathan and David Zellner show that it is possible to disrupt the dustiest gender and genre stereotypes with a good laugh and a stiff drink in the saloon.

  • Directing
  • feminism
  • Berlinale Competition




Berlinale Talents: Secrets

18.02.2018

Berlinale Jury president Tom Tykwer (Babylon Berlin) kicks off this edition of Berlinale Talents and unpacks the secrets of his uniquely collaborative approach to both film and drama series during development and on-set.

  • Jury
  • Directing
  • Drama Series
  • Editing




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

13.02.2017

Highlighting in her films the experiences of immigrants caught between two worlds, Gurinder Chadha (Viceroy’s House) tells her story of how the outspoken British-Indian girl, who refused to cook, ended up bravely taking the film world by storm.

  • Storytelling
  • Migration
  • Historical / Period
  • Directing
  • coming-of-age




Past Progressive: Living Archives of Revolution

15.02.2017

Journeying back and forth in time to meansure the impact of past revolutionaries on the present, Andres Veiel (Beuys, Competition) and João Moreiera Salles (In the Intense Now, Panorama) confront the changing natures of historical images.

  • Editing
  • Directing
  • Berlinale Competition
  • Berlinale Panorama




Naked Cinema: A Set Is a Safe Haven

15.02.2017

Director Sally Potter and actor Timothy Spall (The Party, Competition) detail their close collaborations and how to empower a performer to embody the most intimate of experiences.

  • Acting
  • Casting
  • Directing




Pleasant Surprises: Stories Left to Be Found

14.02.2017

Spanish director Isabel Coixet presents her brand new short It’s Not That Cold Siberia, an ode to writer and artist John Berger, and her joyful experience that the best inspirations often come from chance encounters on the road.

  • Directing
  • Commercial




Kill Your Darlings

12.02.2017

“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.” Sharing tools learnt from Walter Murch and Michael Rabiger, Korda lays bare secrets of the editing room.

  • Editing
  • Directing
  • Storytelling




Between the Lines: Film, Critique

15.02.2017

Turkish directors and journalists consider how both their films and publications can be breeding grounds for stories and the exchange about truth and critique in turbulent times.

  • Film Critique
  • censorship
  • Gender Equality
  • Directing




Walking Home Ideas: Inspirational Flows

12.02.2017

Talents alumna Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) takes us on a ride through her dynamic process of inspiration and the discoveries she makes on the roads to her films.

  • BT Alumni
  • Storytelling
  • Screenwriting
  • Directing
  • Horror / Supernatural




Shock of the Real: History As Provocation

16.02.2017

Presenting this year at the Berlinale a fictional portrait of Karl Marx and a doc about race in America, Haitian director Raoul Peck uses cinema to illuminate alternate historical realities.

  • Berlinale Special
  • Berlinale Panorama
  • Film History
  • Philosophy
  • Jury
  • Directing
  • Political Cinema




The Freedom Gene: How to Remain an Optimist

14.02.2017

Tireless advocate of free-spirited cinema, Polish director Agnieszka Holland (Spoor, Competition) compares the creative potentials she experienced working under censorship in communist Poland to those in the industry now.

  • Production
  • Directing
  • Storytelling




Courage: Against All Odds

12.02.2017

Berlinale jury president Paul Verhoeven (Elle) and jury member Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honourable Woman) kick off this edition of Berlinale Talents and reflect on their most courageous moments onscreen and in a sometimes unforgiving industry.

  • Jury
  • Directing
  • Acting




To the Dark Side: Investigative Documentary

18.02.2016

Known for tackling unsavory subjects obscured by power and corruption, Acadamy Award-winning documentary director Alex Gibney joins Talents to share his strategies to discover hidden truths.

  • Berlinale Competition
  • Directing
  • Screenwriting
  • Activism
  • Creating Impact
  • Political Cinema
  • censorship




The Director Must Not Be Credited: Collectives

15.02.2016

Dogme 95 co-founder Thomas Vinterberg (The Commune, Berlinale Competition) remarks on the powers and complexities of collective working and living, from his youth through Dogme and in his latest work.

  • Berlinale Competition
  • Directing
  • comedy




The Friendly Turn

17.02.2016

Hot shots of the New Mexican Cinema scene, directors Gabriel Ripstein and Michel Franco frequently produce each other's lauded films. The friends join Talents to describe their creative partnership.

  • Berlinale Panorama
  • Jury
  • Directing
  • Screenwriting




In the Nest: Drama Series Made by Talents

18.02.2016

A tight-knit crew of Talents screen two episodes of their captivating and visually stunning mini-series, The Nest, and talk about how behind–the-scenes teamwork is a recipe for onscreen success.

  • BT Alumni
  • Directing
  • Queer
  • Activism
  • Creating Impact
  • Diversity
  • Identity
  • Sound Design
  • Production
  • Editing




Blank Page Stories

17.02.2016

A film is often conceived with a good idea, the embryo of a story and a rather basic set of imagined visuals, sounds and scenes. But how can this nucleus of a project evolve genetically into something that shapes the characters and lays the foundatio…

  • Directing
  • Screenwriting
  • Storytelling
  • Creating Impact
  • Indigenous
  • BT Alumni




Animated Gifts: Welcome to Cartoon Saloon

17.02.2016

Two-time Oscar® nominee and winner of the European Film Award, Irish filmmaker Tomm Moore shares his artistic approaches to develop ideas into animated movies that enchant audiences of all ages.

  • Berlinale Generation
  • Directing
  • Animation
  • Storytelling
  • Production
  • Entrepreneurship




What Only Shorts Can Do

16.02.2016

The short film curators from the Berlinale, Toronto and Tampere explore how the short is ideal for testing new ideas, exploding the limits of the form and expanding the possibilities of storytelling.

  • Berlinale Shorts
  • Screenwriting
  • Directing
  • Storytelling




Between the Lines: Love Letters to Film

15.02.2016

"The space between someone writing a letter and someone reading it eventually gives birth to a sort of intermediate character", describes Portuguese director Ivo M. Ferreira the deeper narrative structure of his movie Cartas da Guerra. Certainly a mu…

  • Berlinale Competition
  • Acting
  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Historical / Period
  • BT Alumni




Mysterious Nature

14.02.2016

Filmmaker Denis Côté (Competition 2016: Boris without Béatrice) reflects on his enigmatic movies, how he connects with mysterious characters and why a question can be the better answer in the dialogue with an audience.

  • Directing
  • Berlinale Competition
  • Mystery
  • Political Cinema
  • Storytelling




Road, Movie: Films in Motion

08.02.2015

"You simply cannot anticipate what you will find on the road," says Walter Salles in his 'Notes for a Theory of the Road Movie.' This panel brings together two filmmakers whose literally "moving" films can exemplify the best of what cinema can offer.…

  • Hybrid
  • Composing
  • Sound Design
  • Germany
  • Switzerland & Austria
  • Directing
  • Screenwriting




2015: A Space Discovery

08.02.2015

No matter how many experiences you have in the film business or how many movies you have seen in your life, there is space for more. Berlinale jury president Darren Aronofsky (PI, BLACK SWAN, NOAH) and jury member and winner of a Golden Bear Claudia …

  • Jury
  • Directing
  • Screenwriting
  • Storytelling




In the Limelight: Ulrich Seidl

11.02.2013

The masterfully provocative and often bleak depictions of the private lives of everyday people distinguish the realist filmmaking of auteur Ulrich Seidl. Seidl's emotionally troubled, sexually confused and economically stressed protagonists emerge fr…

  • Directing




In the Limelight: Hou Hsiao-Hsien

13.02.2012

Taiwanese filmmaker Hou's films often tell stories of growing up in Taiwan in the 1950s and 1960s, a time in which the island transformed from a rural society with many mainland refugee families into the modern and urbanised Taiwan we know today. Com…

  • Storytelling
  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Berlinale Panorama




Changing Perspectives

12.02.2012

The development of an artist or a filmmaker's working style will strengthen their unique voice, but it can sometimes become a crutch that hampers them from renewing their perspective. How does an artist reconcile between maintaining their distinctive…

  • Central- & South Africa
  • Acting
  • Directing




In the Limelight: Mike Leigh

14.02.2012

Master of distinctly British, yet universally poignant real-life dramas, Mike Leigh, President of this year’s International Jury, has directed awardwinning films such as VERA DRAKE, the Palme d'Or winning and Oscar®-nominated SECRETS AND LIES, and…

  • Master Classes
  • Europe
  • Storytelling
  • Directing




The Other Side of Reality

12.02.2012

Master documentarians and auteurs of beautifully shot observational films, Victor Kossakovsky and Sophie Fiennes will talk about how wor- king as a documentary filmmaker has enabled them to develop a strong and specific way to tell stories and show r…

  • Directing
  • Philosophy




In the Limelight: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

14.02.2012

Internationally celebrated Turkish filmmaker, Nuri Bilge Ceylan joins the Campus for a master class on his work. Known for his pensive themes and poetic long takes, Ceylan will elaborate on his working style, collaborating with non-actors and family …

  • Directing
  • Screenwriting
  • Producing
  • Europe
  • Middle-East
  • Master Classes




Directing Scripts, Editing Stories

12.02.2012

The close collaboration between scriptwriter, director, and editor serves in the creation of a tightly crafted film by expanding upon the script, manifesting the story through the actors, and restructuring the story again in the editing room. How do …

  • Berlinale Panorama
  • Editing
  • Directing
  • Screenwriting




Picturing Actors

14.02.2012

Actors rarely have the chance to get direct feedback regarding their auditions or on the photographs they send to directors and casting directors. It is essential to know how a director approaches the casting process in order to improve one's auditio…

  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Casting
  • Directing
  • Acting




Look Who's Talking: Interviewing on Screen

16.02.2012

Finding the right people for a film interview is one thing, getting them to deliver an on screen conversation that moves and directly connects with audiences, is another. How can filmmakers guide and direct interviews to draw out target stories and e…

  • Berlinale Special
  • Directing
  • Storytelling




In the Limelight: István Szabó and Ralph Fiennes

15.02.2011

Renowned British actor turned director Ralph Fiennes, whose debut film CORIOLANUS premieres prominently at this year’s Berlinale, has acted in films such as THE CONSTANT GARDENER, SUNSHINE, THE READER, THE HURT LOCKER, SCHINDLER’S LIST and THE EN…

  • Master Classes
  • Directing
  • Acting
  • Networking/Collaborating
  • Europe




Too Good to be True: Directing Reality

15.02.2011

Incorporating fictional-style elements in documentary films have enriched the genre tremendously and resulted in compelling storytelling taken from reality. Yet, critics question re-enactments, staging of interviews or even the adding of music in doc…

  • Europe
  • Directing




Barbara Hammer: Making Movies Out of Sex and Life

16.02.2011

She has inspired a generation of queer, feminist and avantgarde artists and filmmakers. Barbara Hammer, a highly prolific visual artist working primarily in film and video, has made over eighty films and videos in the past forty years. Galvanised by …

  • Directing
  • Master Classes
  • Queer
  • Social activism




The Schrader Way to Start a Film

17.02.2011

When the lights go off, the hall goes dark and the curtain rises, its time to sit back and enjoy the film. The anticipation that comes with the opening scene is often crucial to the success of the film as it sets the tone and allows the viewer to del…

  • Master Classes
  • Directing
  • Screenwriting




In the Limelight: Isabella Rossellini

13.02.2011

As the daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini, Isabella Rossellini has been in the limelight her entire life. An actress, writer and director, it was her gut-wrenching performance in David Lynch’s BLUE VELVET which shot her to fame, and …

  • Master Classes
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Europe




Censored Cinema

17.02.2011

Filmmaking remains politically sensitive facing censorship and limitation of artistic expression in far too many countries, one such example is Iran. Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rassoulov were recently sentenced to imprisonment and b…

  • Directing
  • Europe
  • Germany




The Great World of Sound

16.02.2011

Scoring for film is not a solo venture, but rather a collaborative project that requires a comprehensive understanding of the film and the aim of the filmmaker, envisaging it from a sonic perspective before bringing it to life. That’s what most peo…

  • Score Composing
  • Master Classes
  • Directing
  • Europe




Filming War

13.02.2011

Portraying high pressure and life-risking situations is inherent to filmmaking processes that depict war and crisis situations, whether fiction or documentary. The very notion of crisis implies that filmmakers have to deal with specific issues: decid…

  • Europe
  • Directing




The Internationals: How Small Stories Become Big

16.02.2011

The most powerful stories emerge from the reality one is most engaged in. They are linked to the place(s) you come from, situations you’ve experienced and reflect issues that deeply move and interest you. In the words of award-winning filmmaker and…

  • Europe
  • Alumni
  • Producing
  • Film Financing
  • Directing




The Storytelling Trojka

14.02.2010

Where storytelling is concerned, the three different stages of the filmmaking process – the development of the script, shooting with actors and finally, the editing of the film – can crucially influence the narrative structure. But to what extent…

  • Europe
  • Networking/Collaborating
  • Editing
  • Storytelling
  • Screenwriting
  • Directing




Shorts Have More to Say

15.02.2010

Short films are big time. Massive changes in film technology and the internet have seen an explosion in short filmmaking and its creative possibilities. They constitute a form and are a medium in their own right. In fact, short films are increasingly…

  • Europe
  • Film Financing
  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Berlinale Shorts




Fatal Attractions - On Change and Accidents in Cinema

09.02.2009

In cooperation with Berlinale Forum and Berlinale Shorts.

Chance, destiny, fate, karma or kismet: call it what you like, but each represents that single minute thing that we least control but desperately wish for when reality turns sour. Fil…

  • Producing
  • Acting
  • Screenwriting
  • Directing
  • Europe
  • Asia




In the Limelight: Tom Tykwer

12.02.2009

A celebrated international filmmaking professional with vast experience will talk about his entry into the world of filmmaking and the central moments in his rich and varied career in films. You will be sure to benefit from the experience of this wel…

  • Europe
  • Germany
  • Directing
  • Master Classes




Switching Roles: Multi-Talents in Film

11.02.2009

In cooperation with Berlinale Panorama.

The accomplished experts on this panel, their versatility matched only by their ambition, who shifted from one stream of filmmaking to another, narrate first hand experiences and the trying times that …

  • Til Schweiger
  • Directing
  • Acting
  • Screenwriting
  • Storytelling
  • Germany
  • Europe




Imagining Istanbul

11.02.2009

In cooperation with Alfred Herrhausen Society, Berlinale Competition and Berlinale Forum.

As the natural connecting point between the Orient and the Occident and situated at the easternmost point of the West and westernmost point of the East…

  • Producing
  • Directing
  • Europe
  • Oceania




Dreaming Reality

10.02.2009

When it comes to portraying life upfront, with all its dreams, disappointments, daily struggles and sudden surprises until the very last moment, German cinema features diverse filmmakers who have their own strong personal styles specific to their fil…

  • Directing
  • Germany
  • Europe




Dealing With Reality

08.02.2009

Sifting the world through your camera and hopefully bringing out representations of reality, including emotional, physical and factual reality, requires exceptional filmmaking skills. An innate curiosity combined with the resolve to seek the reality …

  • Michèle Ohayon
  • Directing
  • Europe




In the Limelight: Bertrand Tavernier

08.02.2009

One of France‘s first rank directors, screenwriters, and producers, Bertrand Tavernier’s association with the world of cinema has been long and varied. He evolved from an ardent film enthusiast and critic, press agent to ultimately become a promi…

  • Master Classes
  • Directing
  • Political filmmaking/social activisim
  • Europe




Real Life Emotion - Biopics and Doc Stars

13.02.2008

Traditionally, biographical movies used to seek out the ­tur­n­ing point that defined a life, usually a public life, with the formal atmosphere of a destiny revealed and fulfilled. ­Aud­iences seem to be increasingly tired of the simplicity of …

  • Producing
  • Directing
  • Europe
  • Germany




In the Limelight: Andrzej Wajda

12.02.2008

Film and theatre director, script writer and set designer, ­Andrzej Wajda is a major figure of world and Central European cinema, and recipient of the Oscar Award for lifetime achievement and an honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement at the B…

  • Master Classes
  • Directing
  • Europe




Alan Parker: Directors on Actors & Actors on Directors

08.02.2004

  • Europe
  • North America
  • Networking/Collaborating
  • Master Classes
  • Directing
  • Acting




Drawing Restraint 9

14.02.2006

DRAWING RESTRAINT 9 is part of an 18-year-long continuous project by conceptional artist Matthew Barney. Its different works, consisting of videos, installations and performances were inspired by the idea that resistance makes muscles larger and stro…

  • Directing
  • Master Classes




Colour Me Kieslowski

15.02.2006

Almost ten years ago, the brilliant Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski passed away, leaving a legacy of extraordinary richness. For many, Kieslowski represents the summit of European filmmaking, at first in his native Poland (THE TEN COMMANDMENTS),…

  • Europe
  • Germany
  • Directing




In the Limelight: Walter Salles

11.02.2007

Brazilian director Walter Salles won a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1998 for CENTRAL DO BRASIL , a film also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Recent films by Walter Salles include the US-Amer…

  • Master Classes
  • Directing




The Radical Way to Success: John Waters

13.02.2007

A filmmaker who became well known in the early 1970s for his intentionally transgressive comedies, he pushed hard at the boundaries of conventional propriety and movie censorship with his early films, PINK FLAMINGO, FEMALE TROUBLE and DESPERATE LIVI…

  • Film Financing
  • Directing
  • Master Classes




A Sense of Belonging

13.02.2007

Migration, for many filmmakers, often creates a very special dynamic between the \\\"real home\\\" and a sense of belonging to far away places, where the family originates from. Armenia and North-Korea are the countries revisited by these filmmakers …

  • Panel
  • Directing
  • Asia




Filming in the eye of the storm

13.02.2007

This panel highlights and debates the situation of filmmakers in troubled and politically unstable areas, represented by examples from the Congo, Palestine and India. How do filmmakers survive artistically and economically without becoming part of th…

  • Directing
  • Political filmmaking/ Social activism
  • Eyas Salman