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Berlinale Talents 2019




Berlinale Talents: Mistakes

with Justin Chang, Sandra Hüller, Sebastián Lelio, Rajendra Roy, moderated by Florian Weghorn

It’s hardly a mistake to question aspects of a beloved art. Members from this year’s diverse International Jury take time away from their duties to kick off this edition of Berlinale Talents. Actress Sandra Hüller, director Sebastián Lelio, Chi…



In Free Fall: Joys of Trial and Error

with David Lowery, moderated by Jenni Zylka

Developing ideas is a meandering process. Over the next ninety minutes, Talents alumnus David Lowery returns to the Berlinale with one delicate task in mind: unpicking his own thoughts and turning them into a shared imaginative journey. The indie sta…



Continental Drift: New Views on Africa

with Neus Ballús, Perivi Katjavivi, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, Tiny Mungwe, moderated by Dorothee Wenner

What’s right and wrong, it’s sometimes said, is a matter of perception. The diverse voices of filmmakers are strong within the Talents alums group and this event delves into the work of Berlinale filmmakers and artists from Lesotho, South Africa …



Kill Your Darlings

with Susan Korda

“Good editing is like good sex,” affirms editor and director Susan Korda (The Darkest Days). “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 init…



Survival Guide: Endangered Images

with Nicholas Goodwin, Dirk Meier, Niko Remus

The well shot, edited and mastered image is an endangered species in the digital era. Not in the least because it is constantly prey to a number of foes: the unverified copy process, the uncalibrated display, a friend doing the DCP for free, the anar…



Mining for the Real: Researching Docs

with Nikolaus Geyrhalter, moderated by Djamila Grandits

Parallel realities are subjected to acute observation in the documentaries of Nikolaus Geyrhalter. His cinematic work offers lucid looks at areas and topics such as industrial food production, sexual abuse or the stalled construction of an Austrian b…



Neither Wrong Nor Right: Interactive Series

with Bass Breche, Amin Dora, moderated by Meredith Burkholder

Just how tricky can online storytelling get? Talents Alums, writer Bass Breche and director Amin Dora, the Lebanese architects of numerous interactive web series (Shankaboot.tv, undocumented.xyz), share the intricacies of scripting stories and altern…



Adolescence: The Cinema of Téchiné

with André Téchiné, moderated by Peter Cowie

The experience of nascent and confusing feelings is vital to the cinema of André Téchiné (Farewell to the Night, Competition). The French master shares insights into the characters he chooses to create, like the rebellious youths of his 1994 succe…



World Building Live: Alternate Histories of our Future

with General Jeff, Ana López Ortego, Alex McDowell, Paul Moore, Lejla Sadiku, moderated by Juan DiazB

Questioning political climates, migratory dynamics, environmental conditions and lifestyle, filmmakers are challenged to create worlds that cope with these realities while remaining visionary enough to promote alternative views. World Building is an …



M - The Making of a Series

with Christoph Brunner, Martin Gschlacht, Hannes Salat, moderated by Andrew Amondson

Successive storytelling is what first comes to mind when we think about series. But that’s only part of the puzzle. Descend into the underworlds of M – A City Hunts a Murderer, the serial adaption of Fritz Lang’s 1931 masterpiece. The cinematog…



Better Be Careful: Intimate Dialogues

with Manuel Abramovich, Dana Linssen, Jan Soldat

Come closer: film critic and philosopher Dana Linssen, an expert in the art of interviewing, invites directors Jan Soldat and Manuel Abramovich to openly discuss the conversations constructed and conducted in their works. While sharing an interest fo…



Facts Made Film: Researching Fiction

with Danielle Macdonald, Labina Mitevska , Teona Strugar Mitevska, Guy Nattiv, moderated by Djamila Grandits

The following is inspired by true events. This session invites two directors and actors to chart the metamorphosis of facts into fiction. Macedonian director Teona Mitevska and actress Labina Mitevska, discuss the making of God Exists, Her Name is Pe…



The States of Mistakes

with James Schamus, moderated by Ben Gibson

“Don’t learn too much from your mistakes in this business.” Half-way through our week of “Mistakes", we find a guiding light in producer and writer extraordinaire James Schamus (The Ice Storm, Brokeback Mountain) who takes to the floor to bro…



Sweet Streams: What’s Next on Netflix for Filmmakers

with Tendo Nagenda, moderated by Matthijs Wouter Knol

Either in terms of content, crews or distribution, hardly any domain in the international film business has gone untouched by the rise of streaming platforms. In a changing industry landscape, where risks and opportunities go hand in hand, sharing kn…



Open Debates: Participatory Films

with 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 Devil Is in the Detail: Prop and Modelmaking

with Simon Weisse, moderated by Andrew Amondson

Prop and model maker Simon Weisse steps out of his Berlin-based workshop and onto the Berlinale Talents stage to share the joys and errors that surround his niche craft. Simon has built up a distinguished career working alongside production designers…



Reinventing Porn: Erika’s Ethics

with Erika Lust, moderated by Maike Mia Höhne

How and why did Erika pick up a camera? Sex-positive director Erika Lust (XConfessions) analyses the androcentric space of porn and mass media and its representation of sex, sexuality and women built by the male gaze and its ideals. For her, change o…



Berlinale Homage: THE LOOK - Charlotte Rampling

with Charlotte Rampling, moderated by Peter Cowie

Charlotte Rampling’s body of work amounts to more than 100 film and television productions, for which she is the recipient of this year’s Honorary Golden Bear at the Berlinale. Her international breakthrough came with Il portiere di notte in 1974…



In the Aftermath: Saviano's Writings

with Roberto Saviano, moderated by Dorothee Wenner

Roberto Saviano has written under various authorial guises, moving from essayist, to novelist and screenwriter when deemed fit. Undaunted by threats made on his life after the publication of Gomorrah, his initial investigation into the Italian mafia,…



Curious Choices: The End of Mistakes

with Nadav Lapid , moderated by Vincenzo Bugno

There’s hardly a better way to conclude the Talents week than in the presence of lauded writer-director Nadav Lapid, who joins us to reflect upon the fundamental questions that recur in his work. Nadav, invited with his new film Synonymes to the Be…