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Berlinale Talents 2015




Close-up Germany

with Frank W. Albers, Christine Berg, Veronika Grob, Henning Kamm, Mariette Rissenbeek

German film organisations and representatives from Robert Bosch Stiftung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board (FFA) and German Films will present their respective initiatives and objectives in supporting and promoting German cin…



2015: A Space Discovery

with Darren Aronofsky, Claudia Llosa, Florian Weghorn

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 …



Imaginary Worlds: Exploring the Unknown

with Juan DiazB, Alex McDowell, Bruno Setola, Jeff Watson

These are the world’s promising untold stories waiting to be narrated. "World Building" designates an iterative and collaborative narrative practice in which the design of a world precedes the telling of a story. The richly detailed space becomes a…



Road, Movie: Films in Motion

with Peter Cowie, Walter Salles, Sebastian Schipper

"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.…



Crossroads to Culture: Cinema(s) in the Arab World

with Hania Mroué, Irit Neidhardt, Jean-Pierre Rehm, Youssef Shazli

The past decade has witnessed a boom in filmmaking in the Arab world, which has in turn seen a marked return to the local art house cinema as a space of viewership, meeting and cultural exchange for both local audiences as well as in a broader intern…



Kill Your Darlings

with Susan Korda

“Good editing is like good sex,” exclaims noted editor and director Susan Korda (ONE OF US), and in this master class she proves just how. Through selected clips from BONNIE & CLYDE, JAWS, SE7EN, ALIEN 3 and FOR ALL MANKIND, Korda demonstrates th…



The Survival Guide to Digital Workflows

with Stefan Ciupek, Dirk Meier

Stefan Ciupek, DoP and previously digital camera supervisor on projects like SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and ANTICHRIST, and colourist Dirk Meier, who has worked on the recent films by Anton Corbijn and Roy Andersson, meet to talk about Stefan's latest proje…



Cross Media I: Creating Identity for Your Project

with Sean Coleman, Miranda Fleming, Raphaëlle Huysmans, Liz Rosenthal, Essi Suomela, Timo Vuorensola

Interactive storytelling experiences as well as games are often considered as secondary in the development of traditional media products, as part of marketing not part of the core story. Liz Rosenthal, CEO and founder of Power to the Pixel, and write…



Hybrid News: Documenting True Events

with Oliver Baumgarten, Atsushi Funahashi, Shaibu Husseini, Marcelo Martinessi

Documentaries are becoming increasingly popular and are reaching wider audiences via new online platforms and in the cinema. Along with the new diversity of platforms, we are witnessing the emergence of hybrid formats that not only borrow from fictio…



Drama Series: Land of Endless Opportunities

with Ben Gibson, Matthew Weiner

Within the framework of the Drama Series Days. Legendary drama series writer, director and producer Matthew Weiner (MAD MEN) has brought us stories that are catchy as good ad campaigns and characters as deep as the bottom of Don Draper’s glass of w…



Measuring Space: The Cinematography of Peter Zeitlinger

with Peter Cowie, Peter Zeitlinger

Acclaimed DoP Peter Zeitlinger is a longtime collaborator of Werner Herzog and Ulrich Seidl, contributing his visual genius to the style of their singular films. Zeitlinger stands for a cinematography without compromises, and his sharp and at the sam…



Cross Media II: How to Engage Your Audience

with Raphaëlle Huysmans, Liz Rosenthal, Timo Vuorensola

The internet and interactivity have transformed audience culture, behaviour and storytelling. As audiences demand story experiences that are increasingly more social and interactive, this fundamental change in expectation creates new challenges for f…



Basic Trust: Growing Relationships with Actors

with Ursula Meier, Natascha Noack

Children don’t play by the logics and rules of the adult world, and provoking performances from young protagonists in film requires directorial skill. Through her highly acclaimed films, director Ursula Meier is known for her ability to create stor…



Smoking Hot: The Wide World of Web Series

with Katja Blichfeld, Ben Sinclair, Florian Weghorn

Bite-sized, punchy and readily available on your devices, web series are a thing of economy and substance that are here to stay. Not created for the big screen, and tailored to different kinds of viewership, web series defy the limitations of more tr…



Short Cuts

with Sabine Brantus, Laurent Crouzeix, Ben Gibson, Jukka-Pekka Laakso, Jan Naszewski

Help, I've done a great short film! Producer Sabine Brantus (ARTE), festival programmers Laurent Crouzeix (Clermond-Ferrand International Short Film Festival) and Jukka-Pekka Laakso (Tampere Film Festival) and distributor Jan Naszewski (New Europe Fi…



The Memory of Violence

with Ralph Eue, Marcel Ophüls, Joshua Oppenheimer

How is it possible to look back into history, expose inconvenient truth and revive the personal memories of those who have been part of it? In this session, lauded director Joshua Oppenheimer (THE LOOK OF SILENCE) joins documentary film virtuoso Marc…



High Season: Serial Storytelling and Producing

with Roberto Amoroso, Edward Berger, Antony Root, Paul Trijbits, Anna Winger, Jörg Winger

Accomplished television and film producer Paul Trijbits (FISH TANK, THE CASUAL VACANCY) will dive into familiar depths and unveil the methods and workflows of serial storytelling and producing. In the first half of this extended session, entitled 'Ep…



Scoring Goals: Howard Shore

with Peter Cowie, Howard Shore

Star composer Howard Shore has achieved worldwide renown for his work on such films as HUGO and THE AVIATOR (Martin Scorsese), THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT trilogies (Peter Jackson), SE7EN (David Fincher) and THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (Jonatha…



Room for Emotions: Embodying Architecture in Film

with Toby Ashraf, Joanna Hogg, Matthias Sauerbruch

In the films of Joanna Hogg, relationships and family structures play out in and are heavily influenced by architectural spaces and landscapes. Berlin-based architect Matthias Sauerbruch (Sauerbruch & Hutton) worked on the iconic house in which Hogg…



Producers Sharing Their Secrets

with Paulo de Carvalho, Juliette Lepoutre, Raymond Phathanavirangoon, Katriel Schory

In this in-depth session, executive director of the Israel Film Fund and longtime film producer Katriel Schory moderates international producers on the current challenges in film producing, highlighting new business models and practices that are maki…



Space Invaders

with Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Ben Gibson, Laura Nix

Having already tried to save the world, The Yes Men are back, and this time, they are revolting! Armed with anger, humor, a camera and performance, The Yes Men have lifted guerilla filmmaking to new heights with activistic and often slapstick interve…



Story Worlds

with Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Madhusree Dutta, Sebastián Lingiardi, Dorothee Wenner

How can handed-down knowledge about storytelling be adopted to develop excepti- onal narrative film worlds? This truly inter- continental panel will immerse into cultural spaces in Africa, Latin America and India to discover the stories and narrative…



Wings of Time: A Conversation with Wim Wenders

with Rainer Rother, Wim Wenders

Subject of Berlinale Homage and recipient of an honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement, legendary German auteur Wim Wenders will take the stage to discuss his current work and the restauration of his films. A lauded figure in the New Germa…



Endless Space: Body Movement Beyond Limits

with Mikey Brett, Francesca Jaynes, Jean-Louis Rodrigue, Florian Weghorn

Physical space gets dramatically activated and takes on scale and dimension by the movement of actors' bodies within it, and Sandra Bullock’s graceful floating and swimming through space in Alfonso Cuarón’s GRAVITY remains one of the most memora…



Bridging the Gap: Films in Between Spaces

with Christoph Gröner, Bong Joon-Ho, Lorna Tee

Film is truly a universal language and medium, but that is not to say that there are not daunting obstacles to overcome when bringing films from their local birthplaces to international audiences. The films of a specific region often convey elements …



Of Walls and Wonders

with Andreas Dresen, Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Verena von Stackelberg

The collapse of the Berlin Wall and the GDR was followed by a brief moment in time in eastern Germany where space seemed unlimited and freedom was an ideal to be tested and lived to the fullest. These feelings form the background for AS WE WERE DREAM…