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Fatal Attractions - On Change and Accidents in Cinema

09.02.2009 - Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, Arta Dobroshi, Sunil Doshi, Raphaël Nadjari, Dorothee Wenner

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. Films work on the psychological level, the plot level, the political level – and the mythic level as well. Fate is a more or less accepted element in Eastern storytelling – but the good old days of deus ex machina expeditiously solving delicate situations are gone.

And it isn’t just stories originating in the east; most stories of cultures are inevitably linked to fate. The nature of fate is that no matter how you try to avoid it, it tracks you down. Films tell stories about people coming together unexpectedly, exploring their full potential, the journey of discovering a dream job or changing careers – thus coping with the hand fate has dealt them and changing protagonists‘ lives dramatically. At the same time, fate has also changed the course of life and careers of those participating in the films. And which filmmaker doesn‘t dream of recognition or a break-through enabling him or her to make films more easily in the future? Dorothee Wenner leads high profile experts into a discussion on how fate intervenes in film.


Peace Anyiam-Osigwe

Founder and CEO of Africa Movie Academy Awards, which she created to encourage the growth of the film industry­ in Africa. She is also the executive director of Global Music Movies and More. She was on the 2007 International Short Film Jury of the Berlinale. Her credits as a producer include BLIND DATE and FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN.

Arta Dobroshi

Award-winning actress, she received critical acclaim for her role in THE SILENCE OF LORNA, which won the best screenplay award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. She has played the leading role in films as MAGIC EYE by Kujtim Cashku and VERA by Arta Minarolli.

Sunil Doshi

Award-winning Indian film producer and director of Alliance Media & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, an in Bombay based production and distribution house. He is also the founding member & director of NDTV Lumiere where he is personally involved in the acquisition and distribution of world cinema titles.

Raphaël Nadjari

Writer and director for film and television, he has directed films such as THE SHADE (Un Certain Regard, 1999 Cannes Film Festival), I AM JOSH POLONSKI'S BROTHER (Berlinale Forum 2001), AVANIAM (Berlinale Panorama, 2004) and TEHILIM (Official Competition, 2007 Cannes Film Festival). He received the France Culture Prize for best filmmaker of the year in 2005.

Dorothee Wenner

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Dorothee Wenner is a filmmaker, film programmer and writer. She serves as the Berlinale delegate for cinemas from Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a founding jury member of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.