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Berlinale Talents 2012




Changing Perspectives

with Juliette Binoche, Gaston Kaboré, moderated by Matthijs Wouter Knol

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…



Kill Your Darlings

with Susan Korda

Films find their form in the editing room. Raw footage must be scrupulously sculpted to take on the appropriate form that will best convey the weight of its content. Susan Korda, editor, director, writer and lecturer at Columbia University, as well a…



The Other Side of Reality

with Sophie Fiennes, Victor Kossakovsky, moderated by Sean Farnel

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…



Rimini Protokoll: Staging Reality

with Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel, moderated by Dorothee Wenner

For more than ten years the Berlin-based theatre label Rimini Protokoll has produced and toured their documentary theatre pieces around the world. Rimini Protokoll does not set up oppositions between the stage and the audience, but strives to integra…



Directing Scripts, Editing Stories

with Volker Schlöndorff, Molly M. Stensgaard, Geling Yan, moderated by Peter Cowie

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 …



Greening the Film Industry

with Jacob Bilabel, Christian Goldbeck, Bernd Hezel, Fritz Reusswig, moderated by Milena Fessmann

Sustainable film producing has never been more crucial. How can emerging filmmakers find both ecological and financial advantages to going green? Various experts, ranging from scientists, producers, to set designers will discuss different approaches …



In the Limelight: Hou Hsiao-Hsien

with Hou Hsiao-Hsien, moderated by Ulrich Gregor

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…



Building Narrative Worlds: Digital Design for Cinema

with Thomas Demand, Uli Hanisch, Alex McDowell, Habib Zargarpour, moderated by Andrew Shoben

As concrete and systematic the world we live in seems to be, it is the product of centuries of visionary designs, inventions, and creations by imaginative thinkers who have envisioned a world beyond the one they lived in. Production designers who are…



FOCUS FORWARD - Short Films, Big Ideas

with Phil Cox, Fredrik Gertten, David Leitner, Damon Smith, Jessica Yu, moderated by Sean Farnel

For Cinelan‘s FOCUS Forward project, prominent filmmakers have made short films about visionaries such as scientists, engineers, econ- omists, mathematicians, physicists, financiers, and in some cases, everyday folks who have facilitated human prog…



Distributors Sharing Their Secrets

with Adeline Monzier, Michael J. Werner, moderated by Ben Gibson

A well-distributed film makes a world of difference – it can mean to either only be seen by a select few on the festival circuit, or to be released in theatres and on DVD, reaching a much wider audience. Seasoned distributors Michael J. Werner (For…



Worldbuilding Upside Down

with Alex McDowell, Habib Zargarpour

The creative process of visualising and digitally rendering an imaginary world involves not only technical design skills but a great deal of collaboration between the director and the production designer to develop these worlds together. Intended for…



In the Limelight: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

with Nurin Bilge Ceylan, moderated by Matthijs Wouter Knol

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 …



Dressing Stories

with Sandy Powell, moderated by Peter Cowie

Costume design is an essential part of bringing the characters to life using the aesthetics of wardrobe. “Sandy’s great gift is her ability to make historical costumes look contemporary. She manages to be both true to the period and modern”, sa…



Audience Wanted: Producers Reaching Out

with Philippe Bober, Ankica Jurić Tilić, Arnaud Pasquali, Guillaume de Seille, moderated by Fleur Knopperts

In the current film market, emerging producers can't just focus on developing, financing and producing content, but are increasingly forced to actively explore new platforms and markets in order to reach audiences and collaborate with distributors. T…



Picturing Actors

with Tony Gatlif, Brillante Mendoza, moderated by Kathrin Bessert

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…



In the Limelight: Mike Leigh

with Mike Leigh, moderated by Ben Gibson

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…



Through the Lens Clearly

with Edward Lachman, moderated by Mike Goodridge

“It’s not a cameraman’s job to make nice pictures”, says Edward Lachman, “but to bring out the truth.” The distinguished cinematography of Edward Lachman, who has worked with top directors such as Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Todd Haynes, …



Next Stop Wonderland? Entering the World of Co-Productions

with Helge Albers, Bruno Bettati, moderated by Katriel Schory

Interested in co-producing a film with international partners, yet unsure if this would be an option for your film? Come find out everything you need to know from producers Helge Albers (Flying Moon Productions) and Bruno Bettati (Jirafa), both with …



The Thousand Sounds of Ryuichi Sakamoto

with Ryuichi Sakamoto, moderated by Peter Cowie

Legendary composer, musician and performer Ryūichi Sakamoto will share his experience with score-composing and creating sounds for moving images. His distinctive and illustrative sound work has brought out an added level of emotion in the films he h…



Killer / Hope Crossing the Lines

with Ted Hope, Christine Vachon

Two producers who are known for their capacity to push the boundaries, the prolific indie producers Christine Vachon (MILDRED PIERCE, FAR FROM HEAVEN) and Ted Hope (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, 21 GRAMS) will join forces to lead a session on the current…



Look Who's Talking: Interviewing on Screen

with Mark Cousins, Keanu Reeves, moderated by Peter Cowie

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…



Changing Perspectives: The Arab World Defining Its Future

with Nadia El Fani, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Viola Shafik, moderated by Vincenzo Bugno

The current changes that the Arab world is undergoing are immense and unpredictable, bringing up many quintessential questions about the fundamentals of societies in the Middle East and Northern Africa. This panel will grapple with how some of these …



What Criticism Is: Five Views on an Artistic Practice

with Boyd van Hoeij, Dennis Lim, Verena Lueken, Fernando Moreno, Eithne O'Neill, moderated by Damon Smith

Pauline Kael wrote criticism for a general audience. Manny Farber wrote criticism “to the film”, as it were. Who should the ideal critic be writing to? Why do we read criticism? Experts taking part in this panel will discuss these questions and e…