72 lectures about: Directing
For sex-positive director Erika Lust, the production process is key to changing the androcentric space of porn and mass media. Yet Erika’s ethics are by no means restricted to pornography and break new ground when it comes to the place of social responsibility in filmmaking.
The world is too complex for a single reality, affirms Nikolaus Geyrhalter. The master of slow docs dug deep into research for his new film Earth (Forum) and now shares the groundwork behind his extremely detailed cinematic exploration.
Come closer as film critic and philosopher Dana Linssen invites short film directors Jan Soldat and Manuel Abramovich to openly discuss the ways in which they initiate intimate dialogues on taboo topics within the documentary format.
Just how tricky can online storytelling get? Talent Alumni Bass Breche and Amin Dora, the Lebanese architects of numerous interactive web series talk about the intricacies of online storytelling and share tales of financing and censorship with the audience.
The experience of nascent and confusing feelings is a recurrent theme in the films of André Téchiné (Farewell to the Night, Competition). Join us as the French director takes us through the evolution of his work and the ambiguous characters he creates.
Developing ideas is a meandering process. Talents alumnus David Lowery (A Ghost Story) returns to the Berlinale with the aim of unpicking his own thoughts and creative process. So seize this opportunity to wander off the beaten track and into a filmmaker's mind.
It’s hardly a mistake to question aspects of a beloved art. International Jury members from the fields of acting, directing, curating and film criticism get together to face up to their personal mishaps and faults in the film world. Don’t let this chance for a collective catharsis go by!
Cinema is full of sex and desire - explicit and as a metaphor. Directors Marcio Reolon, Filipe Matzembacher, Mónica Lairana and João Pedro Rodrigues compare approaches to dealing with sexuality and intimacy on screen and set.
In Berlin to premiere his four hour-long musical in Competition, Lav Diaz contemplates how awakening the ghosts of the past can lend meaning to the secrets of our existence.
Presenting practical cases from their series Dark, the creators demonstrate how constructing binge-inducing suspense is all about how and when to reveal your characters' deepest secrets.
The legendary Gus Van Sant shares insights about his new film in Competition, as well as what it means to be one of the most influential outsiders in indie film today.
Reflecting on Transit (Competition), German auteur director Christian Petzold explains how he uncovered the core and characters of the original historical novel in an open dialogue with actor Barbara Auer and the crew on-set.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
"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…
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.
"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.…
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 …
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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 …
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 …
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 …
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…
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 …
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 …
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…
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…
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 …
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…
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 …
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…
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…
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),…
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…
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…
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 …
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…