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Open Debates: Participatory Films

12.02.2019 - Jana Gebhard, Bianca Oana, Adina Pintilie, Maia Santos, Verena von Stackelberg, moderated by Skadi Loist

“Why haven’t you ever asked me ‘what is this film about?” The opening words of Touch Me Not plead for dialogue – this session takes up that offer. At last year’s Berlinale, director and Talents alumna Adina Pintilie and her team won both the Golden Bear and the First Feature Film Award and sold their film worldwide. Despite this success, the film’s topic proved unsettling to some audiences and critics. Yet the choice of a unique distribution strategy – featuring “Open Debates” at festivals and events in cinemas – fosters these discourses and fulfils Adina’s vision of film as unending process, involving crew, cast and audiences. Adina and her producer return to the Berlinale alongside co-curators Maia, Jana and Verena from the Berlin-based WOLF cinema to share ideas and experiences on more inclusive strategies of arthouse promotion.


Jana Gebhard

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Jana Gebhard organises events and distribution at Wolf Kino. She previously worked as a producer and project manager for documentaries and on creative concepts for TV stations and social projects like Triaphon. She loves exploring new modes of distribution – especially films in the field of human rights.

Bianca Oana

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Bianca Oana is a writer, producer and the founder of Monogram Film. As head of development at Strada Film, her credits included Florin Servan’s IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE (Silver Bear and Alfred Bauer Prize, Berlinale 2010) and Alexander Nanau’s TOTO AND HIS SISTERS (nominated for the European Film Awards 2015). She also co-wrote Catalin Mitulescu’s LOVERBOY (Cannes 2012) and produced Adina Pintilie’s TOUCH ME NOT, which won the Golden Bear and GWFF Best First Feature Award at the Berlinale in 2018.

Adina Pintilie

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Adina Pintilie is a graduate of the Caragiale University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest. She attended Berlinale Talents in 2006. Her films have won many awards including the Golden Dove at DOK Leipzig for DON'T GET ME WRONG (2007), the Zonta Prize at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen for DIARY #2 (2013) and the Golden Bear and GWFF Best First Feature Award at the Berlinale for TOUCH ME NOT (2018), which was also nominated for the European Film Awards.

Maia Santos

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Born and raised in Sweden, Maia Santos studied philosophy at the University of Gothenburg and Södertörn University, where she focused on critical theory, gender studies and decolonising phenomenologies. In 2014, she moved to Berlin and eventually shifted her attention to film and marketing and co-founded Wolf Kino, where she currently works in marketing and developing new marketing ideas based on an exchange between the neighbourhood, filmmakers and film audiences.

Verena von Stackelberg

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Verena von Stackelberg is the founder and managing director of the independent Wolf Kino cinema in Berlin. She has worked in film exhibition, distribution and festivals, including Curzon Cinemas, Filmgalerie 451, Cambridge Film Festival and the Berlinale. When she decided to create Wolf, her dream was to build a space with an emphasis on critical exchange between filmmakers and film lovers, and between the neighbourhood and the wider international film community.

Moderated by

Skadi Loist

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Dr. Skadi Loist is Visiting Professor for Production Cultures in Audiovisual Media Industries at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Potsdam. Her main research areas are global film circulation, film festivals, gender equality and diversity in screen industries, and queer cinema.