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Berlinale Talents 2018




Berlinale Talents: Secrets

with Tom Tykwer, moderated by Peter Cowie

Tackling this year’s main theme, acclaimed German director, screenwriter, producer and film composer Tom Tykwer takes time away from his duties as Berlinale Jury President to kick off this edition of Berlinale Talents. Since the 1990s, Tykwer has t…



New Frontiers: Brothers and Sisters of the West

with David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, moderated by Christoph Gröner

The Wild West, at least seen from the back of a horse, has long been a world of men with a gun in their pocket. Having already screened two great art house pleasers at Berlinale Forum, the brothers David and Nathan Zellner chart the new frontiers of …



Kill Your Darlings

with Susan Korda

“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.” Tracing finished film scenes from Bonnie and Clyde and Jaws back to the initial …



Bow Wow: Storyboarding Isle of Dogs

with Jay Clarke, moderated by Andrew Amondson

This year the Berlinale kicks off doggy-style with Wes Anderson’s animated canine caper Isle of Dogs. The film’s lead storyboard artist, Jay Clarke, who already collaborated with Anderson on Grand Budapest Hotel, charts his collaboration with the…



Lighting the Future: Blade Runner 2049

with Titusz Badonics, Krisztián Paluch, moderated by Andrew Amondson

The Los Angeles of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 is a bleak and smoggy noir, a vision of a dystopic and inhospitable world in ruin. The film’s intensely atmospheric mise-en-scene was realised with cutting-edge lighting technology and the c…



Chew on This: Time to Reveal Truth

with Eric Schlosser, moderated by Hans von Trotha

On fast food, prison, drugs or nuclear bombs, journalist, producer and this year's Berlinale Documentary Jury member Eric Schlosser is a tracking dog with a sensitive nose for power, politics and other machinations. His work stands for the power of i…



Murder Management: Tension in Crime and Mystery

with Jantje Friese, Alison Norrington, Baran bo Odar

Abduction and murder, time travel, desire and lies – Netflix’s first German-language original drama series Dark weaves a web of intrigue that unfolds across several generations of the members of a small community. First appears a complex thriller…



A Place Like Home: The Cinema of Gus Van Sant

with Gus Van Sant, moderated by Marten Rabarts

There is no denying that Gus Van Sant is a living legend of US cinema. Van Sant emerged in the 1980s as a trailblazer of the young auteur cinema movement, and although his films often represent homosexual relationships, they do not politicise or over…



World Building Live: The Corner

with Lewis Akenji, Megan Elliott, Grace Lee, Alex McDowell, moderated by Juan DiazB

World Building is an iterative and collaborative narrative practice, first developed by production designer Alex McDowell for Minority Report and Fight Club, in which the deep understanding of a world precedes the telling of a story. A group of inter…



High in the North: New Finnish Series

with Aleksi Delikouras, Heikki Kujanpää, Max Malka, Alison Norrington, Mikko Reitala

Short format series are becoming increasingly popular as new media outlets enable alternative forms of storytelling while giving greater autonomy to filmmakers to promote their work. But how can one stand out and sustainably reach the intended target…



Secrets of a Happy Marriage

with Tatiana Leite, Juliette Lepoutre, Felicitas Raffo, moderated by Henning Kamm

Co-producing a film can easily span years and turn into a long-term commitment for the parties involved. Finding the right co-production partner is only the first step in the chain, and the true challenge lies in the small details that surface over t…



Dancing Foxtrot

with Samuel Maoz, Katriel Schory, moderated by Kathi Bildhauer

At this event, Katriel Schory will be honoured with a Berlinale Camera. Festival director Dieter Kosslick is on hand to honour Schory for his lifetime achievements as a producer and the director of the Israel Film Fund. Accepting the Grand Jury Prize…



Eternal Summer: Making Art House Hot Again

with Stefan Butzmühlen, Valérie Delpierre, Jan Naszewski, Carla Simón, moderated by Rebecca De Pas

Spanish director Carla Simón’s at-first-glance-unassuming Summer 1993 has caught the attention of many worldwide. Its title and stills depicting a lush, rural child’s world do not immediately unpack the depth and delicacy of this finely crafted …



Technically a Woman: Cinematographers Speak Out

with Agnès Godard, Nancy Schreiber, moderated by Vinca Wiedemann

Cinematography is more than tech and testosterone, and it often takes a woman with serious guts to wade her way through that little boys’ club. “I’ve been called a woman cameraman,“ says American DoP Nancy Schreiber (Your Friends and Neighbor…



Dead or a Life? Passing Away on Screen

with Kamila Andini, Lucile Hadžihalilović, moderated by Dorothee Wenner

Often a taboo topic, death is part of our lives and a staple of cinematic storytelling. From letting go of a loved one in coming-of-age dramas to the nerve-wracking dangers of murder in horror movies, many stories send their characters and audience o…



Visual Storytelling: A World Behind the Image

with Lauren Greenfield, Kevin B. Lee, Dana Linssen

There are images everywhere around us, and not only in the form of films. So how do visual creators literally imagine the world, and how does the world imagine us? Originally educated as a social anthropologist, Lauren Greenfield (Generation Wealth, …



Sweet Secrets: Sex in Film

with Mónica Lairana, Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon, João Pedro Rodrigues, moderated by Toby Ashraf

Cinema is full of sex and desire. With whom and how the characters are getting intimate reveals much about them, and witnessing those moments is often integral for the understanding of the story. Representations of sexuality, fetish and eroticism –…



Crossing Bridges: Reinventing Your Art Form

with Mischa Leinkauf, moderated by Maike Mia Höhne

In their new, space-filling video installation, 4. Halbzeit, Wermke /Leinkauf investigate the central role played by organised football fans in recent social movements from the Occupy actions to Maidan Square in Kiev. Invited for the Berlinale 2015 w…



Berlinale Homage: A Journey Through Time with Willem Dafoe

with Willem Dafoe, moderated by Peter Cowie

One-time Berlinale Jury member and regular star in Competition films, Willem Dafoe is back in Berlin this year as the recipient of an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement. Over the course of his career Dafoe has been involved in more tha…



In Transit: Thrown into the World

with Barbara Auer, Christian Petzold, moderated by Ben Gibson

German auteur film director Christian Petzold (Yella; Barbara) shares the invisible inspirations for his new feature film Transit, which premieres in this year's Competition. Based on Anna Segher's famous novel of the same name, Petzold had originall…



Songs from the Past: Films Travel in Time

with Lav Diaz, moderated by Vincenzo Bugno

To say that the films of Lav Diaz are poetic, uncompromising and “very Filipino” is an understatement. Diaz is widely known as one of the central figures of the slow cinema movement, emphasising observational long takes, long shots distancing the…